An early season scout

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  1. longcruise

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    I finally, after 17 years, drew a bighorn sheep tag here in Colorado. It's an archery tag and starts on August 3rd so it's time to get out and scout.

    My oldest grandson accompanied me. He is just as excited as I am. :) The snow in the high country is huge this year and navigating in it can be tricky. Water is running everywhere. At one point I was standing on some wet low ground and suddenly broke through like breaking through ice and started sinking fast. I managed to throw my body forward and spread my weight while pulling a leg out. As soon as I was clear mud came bubbling up out of the hole. Disconcerting, but not really a serious event.

    Big snow years are also big avalanche years and the snow deposited at the base of them can be tricky especially if it's warm and soft. We were able to walk across them ok but it can be tricky when you start sliding!

    Here's my grandson about to arrive at the top of a slide mass. You can see the gully where the avalanche came down.
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    We were able to make it to a saddle on the continental divide at about 11,800 feet but could not continue over onto north facing side due to even more snow.

    We found considerable sheep sign from last fall freshly exposed by the melt. Travel habits were obvious, but this is a new year with conditions to opposite of last year!

    No sheep were sighted but they may not be frequenting this area yet.

    Some of the earlier blooming wildflowers are putting on a good show.
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    While we saw no sheep we saw quite a few deer, some elk with this year's calves in the herd and one grumpy looking bullwinkle. 20190630_154913-800x600.jpg
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    The deer would not cooperate with the camera. :)

    A few more random photos.
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    I should have gotten more photos and will do better next time. There will be more scouts before the season opens.

    I've never done a blog, but should something ongoing like this be done that way?
     
  2. Primordial

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    VERY COOL AND CONGRATS!

    I hope you find a promising location for your upcoming hunt and that you are successful in filling your tag!
     
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    It looks like a beautiful area to hunt. Thanks for posting and I'm looking forward to future posts. Good luck!
     
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    buckfynn Old Geezer Lifetime Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Congrats on your draw. Best of luck to you on your hunt later on.
     
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    @longcruise If it were me I'd just add to this thread as you continue your scouting events.
    Kind of like a timeline if you will?
    Thanks for posting!
     
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    Beautiful! Please keep us posted. I bet you get some more killer photos before it is over. Very nice

    :dblthumb:
     
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    I'm taking your suggestion and will do it that way.:)
     
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    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

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    Watching. Good luck on your hunt brother.
     
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    Duncsquatch Heed the call. Supporter

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    Bighorn sheep with a bow and arrow, heck yeah, if you fill that tag it will be epic.
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Awesome! Great pics and report. Keep it coming and best of luck on your hunt. :)
     
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    Going to keep the thread going. Won't gloss anything over.

    And it will be epic and ultimate with a stick.

    Will be building a special set of arrows for this hunt.
     
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    How tough are bighorn sheep? Do you need heavier arrows for penetration or lighter to make slightly longer shots? I seem to remember you for favoring heavier arrows in general.
     
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    Beautiful country. Congratulations on getting drawn and good luck on the hunt!
     
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    Congrats on drawing the tag. Those are some nice pictures. Good luck on the hunt.
     
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    I do favor heavier arrows but I'm going somewhat lighter with these. Last year I went with 585 grains for elk which is pretty heavy out of a 40# bow. I'm reducing broadhead weight to 155 grains from 190. My heavier shafts might not tune with the lighter heads so I have acquired some lighter spined shafts for this new set. A better trajectory is a desired thing for this hunt for sure.

    Rams run 150 to 300 pounds. Probably very similar to the extremes of a mule deer. I'm going to guess that they are tougher than a mulie but I've no real basis for thinking that. They are heavy in the chest.
     
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    @Duncsquatch Sheep are a bit more robust and stocky than a typical deer would be. More muscled and thicker/tougher muscle to punch through due to their habitat and lifestyle requiring it. Same arrows used for deer will work just fine on bighorns though, a well placed arrow will still punch through em no problems.

    Awesome pics and GREAT country to hunt! Can't wait to see the trip report. I think you made a wise choice going with lighter arrows :dblthumb:
     
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    Got another scout in last week. Got into some new country. All of it pretty high up.

    Still have not seen a sheep. I'm pretty sure I have looked at sheep without seems them. My glasses consist of a pair of 8X42 binoculars and an old foggy spotting scope. I have a new spotting scope on the way though.

    No sheep but plenty of other wildlife.
    Here's a nice bull moose that was with a cow that slipped out of sight.
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    This next two are hard to see. A nanny mountain goat with a kid. Seven 10ths of a mile away.
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    Ooops, that's the wrong picture. Hard to so on the phone and my broadband modem shot craps a few days ago.
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    I'll put the description after the pic so I can see what it is first. Lots of mining went on here over the years. They didn't always take their stuff out when they left
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    This is the goat picture. Those two white dots in the center.
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    Some bucks that were surprised to see me. Should be three there.
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    This is a "trail" that took me about 2.5 miles back into a basin. It's an old water diversion that takes water from the west side of the continental divide to the east side. This was the easy going part. Much of it was full of snow or water with no option on either side.
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    Antelope in the "low" country, about 9,500'.
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    Morning temperatures were 31 degrees up here at about 6 AM.

    So, that's about it. This scout showed some country that bears some closer study. Hopefully in a couple days.

    Thanks for following.
    Oh, one last picture. The pink arrows are just made and are for this hunt.
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