Bighorn Sheep Hunt

October 18, 2010 by Caroline Leave a reply »

By: Terry Fieseler sheep-hunt2

The hunt started on August 15th with the opening of archery season, when I hunted with my longbow.   It was very hard to find rams in an area that I would have the chance to make a stalk.  The terrain was so steep and rugged with cliffs and rock slides.  At an elevation of 10,000 feet plus, it is extremely hard to get within my 20 – 25 yard range to take a a shot.  I was able to stalk 3 rams one day and closed the distance to 100 yards before the rams winded me and the stalk was over.  I had been climbing for over 7 hours at this point, sometimes using both hands and my bow just to stay on the cliff face…I returned on October 8th with my rifle to hopefully improve my odds.  As you can see, it worked!  We spotted him in the afternoon, but it was too late in the day to get to him.  It took awhile to locate him the next morning, but he finally showed up and the stalk and climb began.  We finally crawled up and over the last ridge to a distance of 320 yards where a group of 16 rams were bedded.  It took an hour for him to finally stand up, and I have to be honest, watching him for that long and trying to stay calm, my heart rate was maxed out.  On Monday, the 11th, I was fortunate enough to harvest this beautiful ram.  What a magnificent animal.  No animal has ever affected me like that.  I guess that means I still love the hunt!!

I have to give credit for my success to my guides, Scott and Todd with C4 Outfitters.  They know the mountains and they know the sheep, and I couldn’t have done it without them.  Many thanks!!

It took me 31 years to draw this license and it was well worth the wait.  Of all the hunts I have been on over the years, this was the most challenging physically, mentally and emotionally, and I will treasure the memories forever!!!!

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