EP 102: Sheep Hunting Q&A with Adam Bronson and John Petersen. In this episode of the Epic Outdoors Podcast we take questions from listeners about Sheep hunting and provide some answers and insight. Adam Bronson has extensive sheep knowledge from a long history of studies and guiding experience. From how to field judge a ram to diseases that are affecting our sheep herds, Adam will give his point of view and provide some great insight into sheep and sheep hunting.
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Just something about the drive to hunt. Sheep a little hard to explain, but if you do it, you’ll probably figure it out. How do you field judge a ram and what do you look for in a big ram? They produce more 180 plus Rams than anywhere else.
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Anything to do with Western big games.
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To the Epic Outdoors Podcast, powered by Under Armour. Hey everybody. Adam Bronson here and John Peterson with another Epic Outdoors podcast coming at you from Cedar City, Utah here today. And just want to give a shout out to our title sponsor Under Armour for supporting us through the magazine from the startup here at Epic Outdoors, appreciate their support and whatnot, and producing some great gear. John, you just put a bunch of that to you, some one of your late season Colorado hunts, didn’t you? Yeah, I just wanted to highlight one of the pieces of gear that I used extensively was the Alpine Ops, that down gear, and they’ve got a jacket and it’s 800 fill power goose down, man, it was great. And it, they also have a pair of, of pants and really it’s just meant for an when it gets really cold, throw it on as an outer layer and both of them glass.
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Yeah, when you’re glass, something like that. I didn’t get cold at all and it, it was freezing, and so I loved it. And the pants, the thing that’s awesome about those pants is they zip completely both sides. And so to put ’em on over top of something else, it really easy. You don’t have to take off your boots and it’ll zip up the whole sides. So it was pretty, pretty nice. And so if you’ve got something that’s late season, really cold, I would definitely look into those. So ua.com, or you can go to ua hunt.com as well and check those out. Awesome. Yeah. And again, once again, appreciate the support of us all here at Epic Outdoors. Also, want to give a shout out if you’re looking for a new long range rifle or, you know, didn’t, you found yourself needing that little extra range on a hunt this year?
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They, they flat out work. Okay. Today we’re gonna actually do a part two of a, of a podcast we did earlier on. It’s a q and a section on Bighorn Sheep. Had a lot of questions when we threw out our q and a stuff regarding sheep, sheep equipment, sheep gear, different species, how to hunt ’em, how to prepare to hunt ’em, all those types of questions. And so we, we blew through about half of those, and we’re gonna finish that today. We do these q and a podcasts every once in a while, and we frequently get some pretty awesome responses to him. And so I just wanted to share with you one from Eli Goff. And Eli was a first time sheep hunter this year, drew tag, and this was the message he, he sent to us. He says, Hey, just wanted to let you guys know, I followed two of the three tips you guys gave me in episode 89 on how to be a successful first time sheep hunter.
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I walked up and down on a lot of stairs with an 85 pound pack before the season, and I glassed my tail off. I did not want to hire an outfitter as I’m very much a d i y guy and love challenging myself. And to be right, honest, I just couldn’t afford it right now. Anyways, I did a ton of research, talked to a lot of people, and worked ex worked extremely hard to prepare for this hunt. After eight days of rain, snow, wind, and shine, I harvested a beautiful ram. Thanks for your informative podcasts. That’s cool. Well, and, and I guess, you know, he was obviously not afraid to just go try it, get after it. And you know, something we don’t maybe talk about here on epic doors is enough, is how many tags we eat, how much we learned from the stuff that maybe we don’t punch a tag on.
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And not that that probably was gonna happen on a sheet pun or something like that, but a lot of our deer and elk and all that, a lot of the stuff that we’ve learned and then we, I guess call, you know, perfecting at least our personal strategy is because we do stuff at times that we know we don’t wanna do again. So yeah. Thanks, thanks for Eli for sending that in and for just biting it off. You know, you had a, it sounds like, had plenty of determination to go and do it, right? So congratulations. Yes. If you’ve got a comment or, or something, we, we love hearing feedback, you know, send us a message at [email protected]. We’re getting towards the end of the year. This is the end of the year, almost forced. We’re all about getting ready to gear up and go down and hunt desert sheep adjacent here this weekend.
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So that’s coming up. He got lucky, just flat out lucky, even though he had 22 or three plus points, he paid his dues, you might say, but still he, he got lucky. And so we’re gonna be hunting desert sheep in Arizona. So one of the co podcasts coming up soon, we’ll be hopefully talking about how that went. And sheep getting a sheep tag is rare. They’re hard to do, you know, unless you have unlimited funds, it’s, it’s tough. And so if you’re just into deering elk, sheep is, is something that you really should think about adding, because, you know, once or twice in your lifetime you really want to go on a sheep hunt. And once you do, it’s kind of like, wanna do it again, an addiction and you wanna do it again. They’re fun. You know, and that’s, you know, partly why I started guiding Sheep Hunts is realized I love, love going where sheep live and looking for sheep and, and harvesting sheep with people that have tags.
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I realized I wasn’t probably gonna do it enough times in my life to kind of quench that thirst, so to speak. And so taking people’s next best thing, and it’s turned into a lot of fun. I normally am able to go on 10 to 15 a year this year. I’ve already been on, well, I went on my own sheep punt, as we talked about in earlier podcasts in Alaska, but we’ve also then killed 13 rams here in Utah, desert and Rocky Mountain Big Horns this year up to now with a couple more to go in some of these other states in Nevada and Arizona and stuff. So it’s, it’s a lot of fun. And, and over the course of that you learn a lot of things. Just something about the drive to hunt sheep. It’s a little hard to explain, but if you do it, you’ll probably figure it out.
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So how many years ago did you start guiding sheep? It was just, well, 2007, so it’s only been the last 10 or 11 years. 10 or 11 years. And so, and you may, you may, this isn’t necessarily something that you would, he would just throw out there, but do you know roughly how many sheep hunts you’ve been a part of? Yeah, almost a hundred. Next year I’ll, I’ll break a hundred Oh, in whatever that 11, 12 years. So yeah, it’ll be, and that’s, that wasn’t ever, hey, that’s the goal. I mean, I, as I start thinking about it now, there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to do 200 here in another, within another 10 years. Yeah. So it’s pretty fun. That is pretty fun. Yeah. Let’s, let’s get into the first question, and this is from a listener. It says, I’ve noticed that desert sheep in Mexico seem to be way bigger than the ones shot in Utah.
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Why is that? And are there any other places besides Mexico where I could kill a monster desert sheep? Yeah, I guess the quickest explanation for that is there are different subspecies of desert sheep, desert bighorn sheep, and the largest is the, the Mexicana. And they’re found in most of the mainland parts of, of Mexico, you know, Sonora, most notably as well as southern Arizona, New Mexico, you know, Texas, places like that. They are the largest. And, and partly like when you start looking at places like Arizona, New Mexico, part of it’s that, that bloodline, the Mexican Cana bloodline, but also they’re in areas that they don’t deal with wi winter much. Some of our units in Utah, which we have Nelson Desert Bighorn, which we have in southern Utah, extreme southwestern Colorado, all of Nevada as well as California, they, there’s a lot of variation in theirs too.
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I mean, there’s, there’s been 185 to one 90 inch Nelson Bighorn Desert Bighorn killed in, you know, California a, a year and a half ago, as well as Nevada 180 5 plus. So it’s not that they’re, and those are monsters. So I would, I would say that that’s as big as you can ever plan on getting, because many places you’re hunting Mexicana and they don’t get that big. But specific to Utah, our, our, our, our Nelson Desert Corn are generally our native Utah sheep are just not as big. And I, it’s just partly the bloodlines part, partly due to their, probably they’re somewhat isolation over the years where they were, where they grew in the world, similar to where, what you look at in mule deer or different things like that throughout their, you know, from BC to Alberta all the way to Mexico, you got mule deer everywhere in between.
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And within there you’ve got places hotbeds like the gon Chiba Arizona Strip or places like that that just, they, the stars aligned when the, the breeding pool and gene pool was created there, you know, over the years and, and got established. And, and Utah sheep are just, they’re, there’s nothing wrong with them. There’s nothing wrong with the desert sheep. I’m waiting for my first one. Ironically, I’ve helped a lot of hunters, probably 60 or 70 hunters kill their desert, desert sheep here in Utah, yet to pull the trigger on my own. But, so I love our Utah sheep, but they just generally aren’t as big one 40 to one sixties. That’s where most of them are. We do have a few units in southern Utah, the Kawi units, the Pine Valley, as well as the Zion unit that have, have introduced sheep from Nevada or Arizona, the Nelson units.
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And that’s where our biggest sheep do come from Utah. But is those units where we’ve had the, the Nevadan Air Arizona transplants. So as far as the biggest places right now to kill, I mean the best units in Arizona or New Mexico are hands down where the biggest sheep have been, been come from. I mean, with the Norta book except of, of Jason Harrison’s monster Nelson I ram that he killed in California a year and a half ago. You’ve got a ram like that as well as you’ve got 1 75 to 180 5 type potential in, in Nevada, which are giant, you know, Arizona, if you could say that, you know, where’s the place? It’s just hard to argue with that place right now. New Mexico doesn’t kill as many, they don’t have as many sheep, but they kill some giants and a few key units that are in New Mexico.
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So that’s part of the reasons, and, and through my eyes, I guess why you see what you see killed where they are. Fantastic. Next question comes from Vic, can you explain how the Montana draw system works for sheep? I have a few points but feel, but it feels impossible to draw. Just wondering if I’m wasting my time applying there. If you got in on the ground floor in certain states, you know, maybe Utah’s a resident Wyoming, even as a non-resident or places like that, Arizona, you, you’ve either drawn a tag in some of those states or you’re very close to being guaranteed in one of those states. But if you’re not, if you’re late to the game, you just got to be consistently applying for as many sheep tags as that makes sense. Both, you know, financially, you know, cost benefit wise or, or proximity or, or whatever to where you live.
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Montana’s kind of one of those, I mean, I’ll apply in Montana forever just because the upside is so high on Montana sheep when it comes to Rocky Mountain Bighorn, they’re really second to none. And, and the number of giants, you know, 180 plus book rams that come out of any states, their system, they square your bonus points up there. So you get kind of an exponential increase every time you get another point. You get a name in the hat for your application plus your bonus points squared. So if you got five, five points, you’ll get 25 names plus your one for the application. That’s 26. You go to six points, you’re gonna go to 37, you’re gonna go to seven, you’re gonna go to 50. That’s just kind of the way it does it. But there’s no predictable way to know when you’re gonna draw. It’s kinda like very similar to Nevada. You don’t know when you’re gonna get drawn for a sheep tag. It just happens.
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They also rotate the units that are available to non-residents year after year. There’s some like six 80 and 4 82 most notably in the Missouri breaks that are almost always, or have been almost always available to non-residents to apply for. But otherwise they rotate the units in throughout the state and then they, they and impose a 10% or regional quota within regions, you know, 1, 2, 3, 4, and five and six of the tags that can go to non-residents. And in doing that, some ask, well, how do you know what units non-residents are gonna get drawn in? Well, you, you don’t, you just know that because by sheer numbers, non-residents apply in big numbers in those states and you’re gonna know that we’re, we’re most always gonna read, meet our regional quotas in those units because we have so many people applying. But you’re right, if we have four units available to us in region six, we might only draw out of two or three of those units because, you know, six 80 might draw two of ’em and another one might draw one.
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It might just be the way the chips fall, but as far as whether you’re wasting your time, it’s gonna be 80 or 90 bucks a year to apply for sheep up there in Montana, non-refundable. Everybody just has to make that determination on their own. The odds are not great that you’re gonna draw, but you get, going back to what we said a minute ago, you just gotta have your name in the hat as many times in your life for sheep as as you can to get lucky once or twice, you know, especially if you weren’t in on the ground floor in some of these points. And I think you said it well, the, the what you, if you get lucky and you draw one of those, I mean the, it’s worth putting in for as many as possible. Same applies for, you know, some of these raffle tags where you can put in for sheep.
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Yeah. You know, like we just announced one for us. If you join or renew your membership, then you’re gonna be in a doll sheep hunt. And, and we’ve also got six other hunts we’re giving away, but one of those is a stone sheep hunt. That’s right. So for as little as $25, you can have your name in the hat for that. And so if financially you can do it, then, then I do every one I can. That’s right. It’s like that. So, you know, if if you’re not a member and you like listening, you know, that’s one reason to maybe that gets out. You get in a free doll sheep hunt. Yeah. So, exactly. Okay, next question comes from Philip. Thanks for all the great info. I really like the podcast. What do you guys think the greatest threat to bighorn sheep is? I’ve heard that it’s easy for entire populations to get wiped out by disease in a short period of time.
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Yeah, Philip, it, it’s hard to not, it’s hard to argue the fact that that separation and, and disease, disease and separation from domestic sheep and goats, it, it has been and continues to be the greatest threat to Bitcoin sheep populations. Now, there, that’s not to say that there’s not isolated places where, you know, super high mountain lion numbers or that are re really keying in on sheep can’t have a severe detrimental effect on a sheep herd that’s only a hundred animals strong and they wipe out half of ’em over the course of a year that that needs to be addressed there. But no, no question about it. But as far as bighorn sheep as a whole desert, big horn, rocky mountain, big horns separation is the number one thing. You know, it’s just these, these animals didn’t evolve, but some of the, i you you could call ’em more benign bacterial respiratory infections that, that domestic sheep and goats have have carried and do carry and don’t bother them.
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But just through the process of domestication throughout, you know, hundreds or thousands of years, you know, the strong survive. And when you have a dead one die in your corral, that thing doesn’t breed and you don’t propagate it anymore. And that’s what domestication artificially speeds up natural selection and, and, and all that and the strong survive. Well, when these sheep were brought to the western United States, you know, all that wasn’t known, obviously in the late 18 hundreds. And, you know, bighorn sheep populations were, you know, by journal accounts, the most documented big game species that trappers hunters and all that saw were bighorn sheep in most places of the west. It wasn’t deer or elk like it, like it would be now. So they were, they were, you know, all over the place. And bighorn sheep were, and as, as settlement out west happened, the domestic sheep and goats came accidentally.
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Things were introduced. And in many places that’s been the demise of a lot of bighorn sheep herds and they’ve been expirated and that’s why a lot of efforts have had been made to reestablish these sheep herds and things like that through transplants and other things like that, like that. And how now through a lot of the research at Washington State University and other places that’s gone on to understand the transmission of these pathogens, it’s just a bacteria they can be passed from nose to nose contact. And how that, how that’s transpired, it’s not something that’s an easy fix to where just vaccinate every sheep and it’s gonna be taken care of for life. It’s, it’s a little bit like some of the flu viruses in, in humans. They, they alter they have different strains. It’s never, never, you know, it’s not like certain diseases where you get one inoculation and you’re done for life, you’re not gonna get it.
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It’s not like that with, with the sheep. There’s a lot of different strains, a lot of different variants going on there, but separation. And that’s why you’ll, you’ll hear that, that that’s a main priority of a lot of fish and game agencies to separate, to have barriers to have, you know, kill zones. In other words, this is where we want our big horn sheep, but if anything crosses this highway or this valley, we’d just assume go take out the big horn as to run the risk that it’s gonna go, you know, contract something and then the ru come back and bring it back 40 miles back to something. You just, you’d just rather do that. So that’s, that’s hard. There’s a lot, a lot of reasons to, you know, for disease transmission, but separation’s the number one thing and, you know, get involved in your local state or, or even the National Wash Sheep Foundation shopper to help to learn more and stay on top of that.
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But that’d be what I’d have to say had to be the biggest threat. And, and some of our listeners may not know, but you were involved in, in sheep transplants as a biologist for the state of Utah. What, besides separation, you mentioned vaccines and you said, you know, it’s not the the cure all. What’s the goal with that? The, the, they’re trying to find out? The difference is, is when you’re talking about disease with human beings, that, I mean, that’s the most important, you know, disease research going on in the United States is not for bighorn sheep. And so when you talk about the money both from either the private industries like pharmaceutical companies, whatever, you know, the ailments that that that either kill or cut the human life expectancy down, everything’s going into that, you know, the life expectancy for humans is, I don’t know, 70 years or something like that now.
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Used to be in the thirties, you know, 150 years ago. Well, bighorn sheep, even though they do have money that raised farm, ’em, it, it pales in comparison, you know, the, the, the rapid acceleration of, you know, the, the inoculation or vaccine type stuff. It’s just not had the time to be able to, or the, or the funding to simply to be able to find the silver bullet. I guess that’s the, that’s the, put it out in a simple version, right? Versus a per And people, when something, when something, you know, look at all the epidemics that come out in people when it happens. Usually it’s, you know, millions and billions of dollars get thrown at it so that let’s get that solved, you know, whether it be in the United States or whatever, every other country. And I guess the best way, and I’ve said this a lot to people, if you look at, if you look at a fairly, what we would call a fairly benign disease of smallpox, it’s, it’s a little bit worse than, you know, chickenpox and things like that.
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But when European settlers brought that with them to the western United States and introduced that to some of the Native American populations that were naive and never been exposed to that, it started wiping a lot of ’em out. But we don’t look at that as a super threatening, terrible disease. Well, that’s the same type of thing that’s gone on with big horn sheep and domestic sheep and goats is they, they evolved completely isolated for hundreds or thousands of years without any of that, those bacterial strains being at all exposed to them. And once they were, it just was like, you know, boom, it just started wiping ’em out. And so that, that’s the best explanation you can give. It’s, you know, there’s stuff that domestic sheep and goats can live with and harbor and they live just fine. But bighorn sheep just haven’t had enough time on the evolutional evolutionary scale to live with.
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And, you know, natural select for that, you know, survival of the fittest type thing. Okay, let’s break for a little shout out to Ken Trek, one of our sponsors, Ken Trek boots. And if you were on a hunt this, this fall and you had any type of foot problems, then now’s a great time to look into Ken Trek boots. My brother Chris here at Epic Outdoors went up and, and did a, a video. There was an informative video on, on lacing boots, and that’s up on our, on our Epic Outdoors YouTube page. And I love that they’ve got such a knowledge base and it’s the things that they do, the innovations they make with their boots aren’t just on a whim or, or gimmicks, but there’s some, some actual science and knowledge behind it. That video alone changed how I laced up my boots. It got pressure off of certain portions of my foot.
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I used to have problems where my foot, my feet would fall asleep and, you know, I always like my boots, you know, done uptight, especially for, for going downhill. And, but I’d have a problem. My feet would go asleep. And just watching that video alone laced up my boots a little bit different. I’m still able to have ’em tight, but my feet didn’t fall asleep. So if you’ve got any, any foot problems, then go check that out and check out attract.com, that’s k e n e t r e k.com or call 1 802 3 2 7 0 1 4. Okay, next question comes from Daniel, based on your personal opinion, I’d like to hear your top picks for the states or areas where you think the best rams from each species are Desert, rocky doll stone. All right. This, this one’s a little tough for maybe the thin horns, I guess the doll and the stone only because it just seems like in, in some years the biggest ram or two of the year just comes outta some outlier area for those, for your listers that may not know a Boone Crockett entry for an all-time record book entry for a doll and a stone sheep is a one 70 net, which is, which is giant to me.
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It’s probably one of those minimums that’s way higher than it probably should be, maybe 20, 30 years ago. It felt more attainable than it does now because that’s, that’s a real special animal. But I guess I, my, my 2 cents on it from a doll sheep, I still think Southeast Alaska in the areas of 14 c the chuga range, the parts of the tall Kea, but Chuga and the WR Mountains really, they’re really known for producing heavy, heavy based rams and, and great scoring sheep. There are other places in Alaska, whether it be the Alaska range, occasionally the Brooks Range, where some real freak giant comes out. Not as much of a freak in the, in the Alaska ranges, maybe sometimes the Brooks Range is, but I would say as a whole ram for Ram, I would say Southeast Alaska. Now I realize a lot of the Canadian Outfitters or friends that we have up there might say, well, hey, what about the Yukon and Northwest Territories?
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And they’re absolutely right. I mean, you have a super wide range. If you look at, if you look at where desert sheep are found in the Southwestern US on a map, it’s like tiny compared to all of Alaska, you know, and all of the Yukon and Western Northwest Territories Yep. Of Alaska for doll sheep. So when you’re, your distribution is that big, you’re gonna have hotspots throughout it, kinda like what we talked about with mule deer a minute ago. So there are some great areas within Northwest or the McKenzie Mountains and Northwest Territories where, you know, the northern parts of the Yukon that produce some giant doll sheep as well. So it’s, it’s kind of probably if you’re looking doll sheep, you probably need to first make the determination, am am I look gonna go, want to go to Alaska or do I wanna go to Canada?
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And then you can probably start out down a little bit better. One thing to keep in mind about Alaska and that the 14 C and the 13 subunits down or down in the southeast part of the state is they are a draw that that does limit your ability to just go hunt them whenever you want. You do have to draw, there’s no point system in Alaska, but if you wanna draw one of the 14 C subunits or 13 D subunits, you’re gonna have to draw. And the odds are pretty tough. You know, one to 3% depending on if you go for the first hunt or the second or the third hunt, which some of those have three. But I would probably pick South Southeast Alaska and, and maybe I’m partial ’cause I went there again this year and the wrangle mountains and I killed probably the biggest doll I’ll ever kill.
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And you know, it’s just, I, I’m fresh off of that. So it’s all I can, you know, I’m, I’m, I have a personal affinity for that. When it comes to stone sheep, you obviously kind of, you know, you get to narrow it down a little bit more because, you know, you’ve got British Columbia and the Southern Yukon territory versus, you know, it’s not quite as widely distributed as, as the Doss sheep, but even within them there’s hotbeds within the, you know, I would say the north central part of British Columbia is kind of where what’s known for, you know, the biggest stone sheep. But having said that, there’s a lot of variation in that. Some years the Yukon, the Southern Yukon concessions, outfitter concessions there will kill the biggest stone sheep of the year of the years. It comes out of bc And so it’s not like, it’s just an always number one, it’s not quite like a, a Missouri breaks, Montana scenario where there’s, there’s only one spot a lot of differences in, in, in hunts between the Yukon and Northern bc, mainly in the color of the sheep.
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The further north you go into the Yukon, they get lighter, they get lighter, they’re not as dark throughout their body, they’re a little bit more white faced whitelegg, you know, and gray flanks and moving into even just salt and pepper the further north you get up into the Yukon where they call ’em more just a fan and sheep. So that that’s, you know, that one’s really hard to nail down when it comes to rocky and desert, in my opinion. I mean, it really just gotta come down to, and that’s I guess what our magazine does. Some people, if they’re too busy every year and they’re saying, Hey, I don’t want to just do points only because then I’d eliminate myself from having a chance, right? But, but if you want the biggest desert sheep right now, you’d have to look at Southern Arizona and New Mexico in the last few years.
00:30:02:19 –> 00:30:55:00
I mean, you look at the Rams that both those states have produced and they’re really second to none. Again, we talked a, a minute ago about the giant California can throw out a giant 180, 180 5, and even last year, one 90 caliber desert big horn as well as Nevada. I mean, when you start talking a 1 1 70 plus desert big horn, in my opinion, that’s a really big ram. Now, if you have the best tag in Arizona, if you won the lottery in New Mexico or bought one of the auction tags, that’s not a ram you’re gonna target. But, but for 99% of the public, a one 70 plus desert Bighorn is a, is a giant. And you know, Nevada is a Nevada pumps out more desert sheep than all the other states combined when it comes to tags. So, but, but the very best is probably only from about four to five different units.
00:30:55:08 –> 00:31:52:22
The very best, when you’re talking about, you know, high one seventies to push in 180 plus, but I would say desert sheep be the Southern Arizona units, A couple of those units sometimes only have one tag. We as non-residents can apply for all of those units every year. I’m expecting some big, big things to come out of Arizona this year. They’re seasoned, like we talked about earlier, opens December 1st and mark my words, there’s gonna be a couple giants killed in southern Arizona this year. Some wanted Rams, I’ll just leave it at that. When it comes to Rocky Mountain Bighorn, you really have to look at Montana. Like I said, while there’s book rams that have come out of, or come out of Oregon nearly every year, Washington every year on the one raffle tag or auction tag or Idaho, which, you know, one of our licensed application members, Ryan Benson killed a giant 180, 80 inch rocky out of Idaho, the Frank Church this year.
00:31:54:05 –> 00:32:42:02
In general terms, their collective numbers are not that high to kill book Rams in, in, in Idaho or Colorado. Having said that, they kill the 2 0 5 there this year on a private landowner tag situation. So it’s not like they don’t have ’em. But, but Montana is, is just a cut above from, from the western side of the state to the eastern side of the Missouri breaks, they produce more 180 plus rams, you know, than anywhere else. And so that’s kind of the holy grail for that in my opinion. But having said that, I, I’d take a tag in all of the lessers known desert sheep or rocky mountain sheep states. I mean, I just gimme a tag somewhere. I mean, I, I drew one of those in or in Oregon, a California Big Horn was a unit that opened up the East Bates Butte before it had Albert Peaks and some of those other units lumped onto it.
00:32:42:12 –> 00:33:35:10
First year it opened a non-resident I just put in for it and drew it and hey, I gotta go hunt sheep. I didn’t kill a giant ram because they aren’t there. They’re California big horns, kill the ram just shy of one 60, but hey, I gotta hunt sheep. And I would, I would take that opportunity in most states, there are a couple states like Arizona and Montana where I, I stick to more of the elite units because they’ve got what no other state has. So anyway, and, and with these sheep, we’re talking, most of the time guys are gonna go on a guided hunt. And especially with the doll sheep and the stone sheep, we have so many members that go every year. We really get a lot of good feedback on what areas are doing and what they’re, what, what people are killing. And so if you’re looking at that, I highly recommend, you know, giving us a call, talking about what you’re, what you’re specifically looking for.
00:33:35:27 –> 00:34:36:22
And you know, each guy’s different. You got different physical capabilities, you got different goals as far as size and, and how many times you’ve been. So give us a call and we can really help you narrow down what you should be looking for personally. And so the next question kind of dovetails with that questions from Kim’s, if you could have a free sheep tag right now from anywhere, which tag would you choose? I, I’m gonna give two. And I know that wasn’t that she asked for, I I, I don’t know if if Kim’s a he or she, but they asked for which one. But I’ve always kind of had more of an affinity for desert sheep and it’s mainly because I grew up in southern Utah. That’s what we’re immersed with. So I would probably pick a, give me one tag in any one specific unit in Arizona, and I would probably pick that however, when the Missouri breaks is cranking and, and I guess collectively you’d have to say that they’re slightly down right now compared to what some years haven’t heard as many giants coming outta there this year.
00:34:36:22 –> 00:35:32:22
And I, and the word giants is really in anything over 180, 180 5 in my opinion, is a really, really big ram. But when I’m talking giants, I’m talking the 1 95, 200 inch plus, like they can produce. I, that’s a hard ’cause if I could put my hands on my own 200 inch Rocky Mountain, big Horn, I don’t know if there’d be anything that could top that, because there’s really, you really can’t say that desert sheep are really gonna ever get to that point. So that’s what it would be. Either the Montana statewide tag in the year where the stars aligned and they had some two interest to chase. Otherwise it’d be Arizona. And how many a year are we talking? One or two? Yeah, when you 200 you’re, you’re talking, you know that most, you’re talking three to four a couple years ago when it happened. So it’s not, you know, it’s not like there’s very many, but that’s a, and I’m not saying the number would define that trophy.
00:35:32:26 –> 00:36:18:04
I mean, if it was a 1 98, that’s still, yeah, unbelievable, phenomenal ram. Anything 1 95 to 2 0 5 is just truly elite. So a ram like that, that was mine, that would be hard to say that could ever get any better. Or a, you know, an Arizona Ram. I think you just, the look of them Mexican rams that are 180 5 maybe pushing one 90. That’s, that’s as good as it gets to me. Okay, next question’s from Wyatt. Hey guys, I have a quick sheep question for you. I’ve been on a few sheep hunts with friends, but I always find it hard to judge rams. How do you feel judge a ram? And what do you look for in a big ram? Yeah, that’s a, that’s a tough one to just answer simply. I’ll, I’ll do my best, but then I’ll maybe liken it to antelope a little bit.
00:36:20:27 –> 00:37:10:05
Most people probably hunt deer and elk more than they hunt antelope. And so when you go antelope hunting, sometimes people have that same question, how do you know when you get a big one and they look, oh, they wanna see a tall one, but we all know there’s a lot of tall antelope that, you know, don’t score very well. You know, usually mass and prong length will, will trump any kinda length deficiency on, on an antelope. Kind of the same with sheep. Generally mass will count for about 40 or 60%, in my opinion, of a ram score. There’s some exceptions to that, but you generally, it takes an older ram to get mass from the halfway point to the tips. A lot of people, I think will confuse seeing a long, pretty slender ram. Now we’re not talking about dull and thin horn sheep because those are all long and thin and pretty.
00:37:10:23 –> 00:37:58:00
I’m, I’m talking about Rockies and desert. A lot of people will see a long, pretty and, and and even almost tip tip ram that’ll have their lamb tips in and they’ll think, wow, it’s a big, long pretty ram. What you don’t realize is the longer a horn is, if it’s a young ram, if he’s a, let’s say he pushes 36 all you divide that horn by, by four you, right? So that’s what, nine inches. And so your mass measurements are getting pushed further out on that horn versus a 32 inch heavy heavy broom dram where now you’re only going every eight inches. Your mass measurements are bunched more up to the, you know, up to the midway and top of the horn. So a lot of people will confuse a long, pretty, you know, tip ram with a big ram. And sometimes that can be the case.
00:37:58:05 –> 00:38:48:24
I’m not saying it can’t, but for the most part, I look for mass from the halfway point to the end. Generally gonna want, that’ll be an indicative more of an older ram or even a broomed a a broomed ram that’s got more mass in, in that from halfway out. Now there’s a lot of differences, you know, where a sheep come from. We’ve talked a lot in this podcast about the Missouri breaks. In Montana, you really can’t compare a sheep and how it looks from there with a giant, giant body, 300, 3 50 pound or something like that, with a rocky mountain big horn from, you know, let’s just say parts of Colorado or Idaho, a lot more slender, you know, you know, so their relationship with their body size, their head size and their horn size based on where the ram is from. And the genetics have a lot of differences as well.
00:38:49:22 –> 00:39:47:19
And similarly, you can put a, there’s, there’s desert sheep in, in, in certain parts of, of Arizona that you take, you know, you take a, you know, set of horns on and you put in another part of Arizona and they’ll look like a completely different ram just based on the fact that the body sizes can be so much different. And you also gotta know generally the, the, the checkout summaries from the units that you’re looking at. What are your, what are your base sizes normally? Are you talking about 14 inch bases? Is 15 inch bases super rare and almost never exists? Or you talking about 15, just maybe 16, just over 16 inch bases. Because like I talked about earlier, you start at the base, you’ll, you’ll make an outside measurement around the horn and you divide that. You, you take a mass measurement at the base and then at one quarter half and at three quarter, and if you’re starting at 16 inch bases and you don’t taper that much, you’re really got a big advantage over something starting at 14 inch bases that’s maybe four inches longer.
00:39:47:21 –> 00:40:30:20
You’re, you’re gonna beat it every time on the mass. So mass and mass from halfway to the tip. And, but really try not to get, there’s not a one size fits all because there’s so many differences for deserts and Rocky Mountain and Horn throughout all their range in body size, head size, basal size based on the units and regions in the state you’re hunting. You gotta get kind of familiar with that. So you know what you even think you’re looking at before you show up there. If you think you’re looking for a 14 inch base and you shoot it like a lot of units in Utah for desert sheep, 14 inch plus is a great base versus, you know, parts of Arizona or Nevada or other places that you might hunt 15 inch plus bases or pushing 16. It’s a totally different beast when you’re starting to do that.
00:40:30:29 –> 00:41:11:17
So anyway, that’s my thoughts. It’s not an easy one to answer. The biggest thing is to get out and to look as many sheep over as you can. And if you’re from a certain state and you wanna hunt sheep in your own state, look at sheep in your own state, you’ll see differences even within your own state. But when you start crossing states, it really gets difficult. You gotta reset, hit, reset the calibration button when you go from somewhere. I even find it myself when I’m, you know, I’ve got it eight or 10 desert sheet punts and then all of a sudden, boom, I go to start hunting Rockies and they’re a hundred pounds bigger and their heads are bigger and everything looks different. You start putting the desert sheep horns or Rocky Mountain big horn horns on their desert bodies that look like 180 5 rounds.
00:41:11:17 –> 00:42:08:26
Yeah, just because that extra a hundred pounds of body weight and the, the, the proportions of ’em, the bigger head just kind of swallow up the horns more. And they don’t look as big as they sometimes are. You know, a 1 70, 1 75 Rocky Mountain Bighorn in Utah is a really nice ram, but that’s a giant, giant desert. You take those same horns and put ’em on a desert body and they look 180 5, but they’re really only 1 70, 1 75. So it’s just, you gotta kind of know where you’re at and hit the calibration button. But more than anything, just get out and look at sheep. So, and, and speaking of looking at sheep, you’ve gotta, you gotta be able to really, you gotta be able to really see what you’re looking at. And what I mean by that is have great optics. I mean the best optics that you can have. I mean, I find myself packing my biggest scope more than my lightweight scope and I’ve got ’em both for different hunts, but the less, the more walking you can cut down to have to, hey, I better go check out that ram and close the distance another mile.
00:42:10:29 –> 00:43:07:24
Just, just waste time on your hunt. I’ve, I’ve, I now packed my big 95 millimeters SRO almost all the time because if I can weeded something out and then just keep glassing, I’m much further ahead than, than packing that little 65 that’s lighter and things like that. Now, if you’re on a backpack hunt and things like that, you need to have where weight’s more of a a paramount to anything, you’re gonna have to make some concessions. But no matter what you’re looking for, it’s that time of year whether you need to set a binos, a rifle scope, whether you need, you know, spotting scope, tripods all the accessories, give the guys a kits optics, a call Northern Utah, (435) 257-7014 or Kent’s optics, K e n t s optics, o p t i c s.com. They’re hunters, first and foremost. They, they, whatever you’re looking to get outta your optics, talk it through with them.
00:43:07:24 –> 00:43:56:14
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00:43:57:28 –> 00:44:50:10
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00:44:51:19 –> 00:45:35:01
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00:45:35:01 –> 00:46:22:06
It’s not serious, but it’s it’s a fun one. Yeah. So we’ve got Dave who says, Hey guys, love hearing your hunting stories. I know sheep living some rough and remote terrain where anything can happen. What are your top two stories of the craziest experiences you’ve had while hunting sheep? Well, top two, well, maybe John, John, you can maybe talk about one after I talk about one because you know, I know when we went out hunting with Jason had some, it was, it was probably your first backpack and that’s been, geez, is that, oh, 10 years or so? 10 or 12 years ago. Yeah, quite a while ago. But for me, there’s one that really stands out to me. It, it was with my brother and I and my dad. We were guiding a desert Bighorn sheep hunt in southern Utah with, with a gentleman named Mike.
00:46:22:13 –> 00:46:58:18
And, and he’s become a great friend and a great supporter of us here at Epic Outdoors. He is hunted all over the world. But anyway, we spotted on maybe the third or fourth day of his hunt, and we spotted a really, really good ram in a, in a, in a deep canyon that we knew we were gonna have to go the next day. We were gonna have to go back to camp that night and get all of our gear, take our sleeping bag, our pads, you know, food, everything. We’re gonna have to, you know, leave, leave my dad as a spotter on the canyon rim. But we were gonna have to go, go in deep after. And so we did that the next day. We had already prec scouted the routes into the canyon. We knew how to get in there and it took us all, all day to get back in there.
00:46:58:19 –> 00:47:42:24
And the ram had a bunch of use tuck back into kind of a box, part of the finger side canyon off that big drainage. As we were starting to make our, I guess our closing, you know, thousand or 1500 yards, which is, you know, you’re starting to, you know, up until then you’re staying outta sight, but you really don’t need to be quiet. And you start to get about a thousand yards and you’re gonna come in and outta sight a couple of different times. You gotta start being careful. We climbed up out of a wash bottom. My brother was in the lead, Mike was in in the middle, and I was in the back and we were just kind of picking our way up out of the wash up through the series of little ledges and cliffs and, and we got up to this little layer of, of slick rock that my brother Aaron went around the corner and, and walked.
00:47:42:25 –> 00:48:29:16
It was not in a situation that we thought, Hey, everybody, be careful here. Something bad could happen. It just wasn’t. And he went around the corner just fine. Mike was probably five, you know, yards behind him. And I was probably five or 10 yards behind Mike. We’re just, you know, just trekking. And when Mike walked around that corner, that ledge broke. We’d had a lot of rain in southern Utah, when you get a lot of rain that sandstone can absorb a lot of water. And I guess this is not a fault on Mike ’cause we were all roughly the same weight, and I’ll just leave it at that. He’s not, he was not an overweight gentleman, but when he walked around that corner, about a six foot wide and about a four foot thick piece of sandstone that we were walking around on, just broke free and fell more or less like an elevator.
00:48:29:19 –> 00:49:17:02
And, and I watched it right in front of me. And as, as it fell, Mike literally, like you see in the movies, tried Tola, grab the edge of the cliff or the building just like you see people do. And you’re thinking, all right, and they dangle until they get saved, right in the movie. Well, I, I, as I’m running up there, I realize, you know, he’s got a full pack on and a rifle strapped on and I mean, so you hit with force and he didn’t hold it for more than maybe a half second until he fell off and it was probably a 12 to 15 feet free fall onto uneven Tice slope. So when he hit, it wasn’t like he just stuck the landing or could stuck the landing. It was like, you know, you hit with a lot of force with let’s just say a 50 pound pack, and he fell down, I saw his head hit the rocks and, and I just immediately, you know, I couldn’t jump down.
00:49:17:03 –> 00:50:04:16
So I just said, Mike, Mike, you okay? But I saw his leg and what I saw, I thought, he’s not freaking out in pain or something, so maybe my eyes are just, you know, his leg was turned clear to the back. Clear 180 degrees. Yeah. Just, oh, and, but I, but he started holding his head and I said, okay, okay. And then he grabbed his knee and lifted it and says, no, my legs messed up. And I knew what I had seen or thought I saw was really bad. And we’re literally, the ram is, you know, eight to 900 or a thousand yards back in the canyon here. We’re stalking the ram to kill it, and our hunt is over, you know, it’s, it’s not one of those, Hey, let me shake this off. This is a bad deal. I didn’t know if the bones were out of the skin or anything like that, but first off, we got down to him.
00:50:04:29 –> 00:50:51:28
We had to get him up out of that, out of that hole to some extent. Sent my dad, my dad called, called for help, which was kind of a funny story because you know, if you’ve ever tried to call 9 1 1 from remote parts of the world and request a helicopter, it’s not as easy to just have happen as you would think because they’re initial, they probably get a lot of those calls, you know, know, especially in southern Utah where a lot of people come to southern Utah, there’s people, you know, foreigners, there’s people that are out of their element all the time and I’m sure call in emergencies, quote emergencies a lot. Yeah. They’ve gotta make sure that there is an emergency. That’s right. So they, my dad’s telling where we’re at and he says, well, I can see on the maps, I can see a lot of roads, so I’ll, I’ll send a deputy in there, drive there and get you out on my dad’s like you, you do not realize where we’re at.
00:50:52:05 –> 00:51:33:17
I know where we’re at, that you’re not driving anywhere in here. These are uranium roads that were built in the fifties and haven’t been driven on since. And we’re gonna need a helicopter. We can’t get him outta here. We, we had probably 25, 2000 to 2,500 feet vertical descent getting down in there. So you, and there’s, there’s no road there. The nearest road is up where my dad is, and you can’t get a guy with a severely broken leg. You, you just can’t, just can’t carry him. Yeah. He finally convinced Vince them to get a helicopter in the air. And, and, and you know, we, we got mike up outta that little hole and up onto a bench. ’cause we knew we had to get him to a spot, a helicopter could get to him. And we only had to move him about a hundred yards.
00:51:33:17 –> 00:52:11:14
And we got him to a spot there while we’re waiting for the helicopter. I came up with the bone head. I’m just like, why don’t I just walk back in this canyon and try to bump these sheep? Maybe they come right out here by it and you pound that ram and this has a really cool indie. And so I walked back in the canyon and normally the sheep in this unit are pretty spooky. And I thought, ’cause ’cause it’s a V canyon and they’re in the back of it, and we’re out at the mouth and I thought, well, they may run right out by ’em at two, 300 yards. Why Get back in there and these sheep are tame. I mean, they’re just, I’m 50 yards behind ’em. You can’t push just making noises, trying to hurt ’em. And they’re just looking at me like they’d never seen a person.
00:52:12:17 –> 00:53:01:18
And I’m literally hurting. And I’m like, this might work. But, but then they got down there and then they peeled off and climbed way up high and, and, and he wasn’t able to get a shot. So we got down there, I had to build a little fire so the helicopter could see us. They flew over us the first time, came down there, picked us up. If you’ve been to Southern Utah and seen our huge windgate, red sandstone cliffs, you know, picture Moab and all that country, you know, and you’re down in the middle of that. And, and I’ll remember, I never forget what this pilot said to us, and he must not be a hunter, but he got out and, and you know, Hey, nice to meet you. I’m up. I’m blah, blah, blah. He said, what are you guys hunting down here? Moose? And, and, and I just looked around and I’m like, you’re not, there couldn’t be anything more different than moose looking habitat than where we were.
00:53:02:01 –> 00:53:39:08
I mean, the highest vegetation is eight to 10 inches, you know? Yeah. Little bushes and grass. If I was a little quicker on my feet and I wasn’t a little bit more, you know, I was really somber over a guy’s, you know, quest for his final North American ram. His grand slam was done. You know, you don’t, you’re thinking what’s gonna happen here? He is gonna have to get outta here. Are we gonna be able to finish? Blah, blah, blah. I would’ve been quick, quick on my feet and just said, no caribou, you know, or something like that. But I didn’t. But we loaded Mike in the helicopter and they, they took off. We obviously didn’t know, you know, wished him well and didn’t know where they were taking ’em. Then we had Aaron and I, my brother and I, and, and all of Mike’s pack.
00:53:39:20 –> 00:54:27:18
And it was a long night outta there. ’cause we had already heavy packs and we had his, I don’t know, when we got middle of the morning, sometime mid, you know, late, late morning, two, two in the morning, something like that. We finally topped out and got out there and then we had Mike’s truck and all of our trucks there. We had to leapfrog ’em all up to Northern Utah. It was. But long story short, he had a severely broken leg he had to undergo. He flew him home to Washington, did put a bunch of screws and plates and all that in. But he recovered well and he hunts like crazy. You’ve seen a lot of his stories in our magazine. Coincidentally, after this, fortunately the Utah Wildlife Board, they do have provisions for freak things like this when something happens. They allowed Mike to roll his tag to the next year.
00:54:27:26 –> 00:55:09:29
And we brought him back and we killed his grand slam ram on his 50th birthday. It was pretty cool. That’s awesome. The same unit kind of had that redemption, but that’s, that, that was pretty wild. I mean that was, I don’t, you know, I had another instance and this, I guess my second one had a gentleman that we had pre scattered his ram. And this was in Nevada and had, he was living kind of on a, on a hogs back ridge. And so we had me and the hunter was gonna go on one side and I had my spotter, another guy going on the other side to look and just so happened that the ram was on our side. He was on the other guy’s side that night before. And we were gonna hike up to the top and, and come down on him. But he was on our side and we, we killed him right off the bat.
00:55:09:29 –> 00:55:50:23
Opening day 40 inch plus desert sheep. And we, you know, we’re high fiving, you know, back slapping, kinda like you do and you take something and, and we both said, Hey, well, he says, I’m, I’m gonna try to call my wife and tell her. And I said, okay, I need to try to get ahold of my guys. I couldn’t get ’em on the radio or phone. We walked out to little point there, just a couple hundred yards from where we shot. Hadn’t walked up to the ram. Remember it’s 3, 3 50 yards away. And I got ahold of my guy. I said, Hey, Ram’s down, come over onto our side, you know, you know, don’t go to where you were gonna go. And probably did that for five minutes. Went back over to him and he, he was sitting down on the knocks. He’s pure white, he’s dripping sweat.
00:55:50:23 –> 00:56:38:01
And this is November. And we hadn’t hiked very much. So I’m like, something’s going on here. And yeah, he, I, as I approached him, I says, you don’t look too good. He goes, no, I, I think I’m having a heart attack. And I’m like, yeah, so something’s, something’s not right. And he says, we’re not, we’re not gonna walk up to the ram. I says, we gotta get you off this mountain. I says, I’ve got a sat phone, I’m gonna call right now. He says, well, I don’t, I don’t know if I’m to that extent. And I says, well, I don’t, I don’t want your wife and family, you know, look at me, say, why didn’t you do more? I says, so I’ll tell you this, if we, the, the truck is literally only 400 yards below us. And we just got really lucky, you know, we actually got a little unlucky ’cause we drove right into the head of the sheep and they kind of scattered.
00:56:38:01 –> 00:57:15:17
And we got out and moved a couple hundred yards and killed them. But I said, well if we dispatch a helicopter, ’cause I’ve been on that, I’ve been on that, I’ve done that before. They’re probably gonna come out of Vegas. It’s gonna take a while here. And I says, if I can get you to that truck, I can get you to the hospital faster than the helicopter’s gonna be. And it’ll, it’ll be a lot cheaper, blah, blah, blah. But I says, really, if you have any problems, I’m gonna stop and call. Well, we, my buddy got over there at the time, he had some aspirin in his pack, which I don’t even care. Aspirin is like for the 1960s, right? Yeah. I like, I I don’t know anybody that carries aspir, but I carry some now for this, you know, aspirin thins your blood quick.
00:57:15:23 –> 00:58:01:01
Yeah, you can put it, you can even have the children’s aspirin and you just chew and put under your tongue and all that for a, in the field situation. It, it, it’s, you know, the doctors later told us, said that that may have saved his life. Turns out, you know, he had had some stints put in his heart. And so I, you know, he had had some problems in the past, but he was, he was feeling fine, but, but he was having some blockage issues. And so anyway, gave him the aspirin. He said, I’m feeling better. I think. So we basically babied him. We walked with him, holding him up to the truck, got him in the truck. And I looked at my guy and I said, drive, like, drive like he stole it. I says, drive to the nearest town. And they did. And when they got there, he was calling the, the hospital there from his phone just saying, Hey, I’m, I’m bringing a patient.
00:58:01:05 –> 00:58:45:20
I think he’s having a heart attack. Just be, they were ready for him in a, in a, in an ambulance. They actually took him by reds and blue ambulance through, through from Mesquite, Nevada to St. George Dixie Regional Medical Center. And he had a, a couple stints put in and you know, all is well that ends well. But after that happened, it was really weird because I sent him and then I’m like, okay, I’ve got a dead big ram right behind me. I don’t have the tag. My hunter’s not here, but I’ve gotta go take some pictures, take just skin it, get the meat off the mountain. It was, so I took a few pictures. It was kind of weird, sombering, you’re hoping the guy’s not gonna pass away. Ah, yeah. And then I, I got it off the mountain and then I was still left.
00:58:45:23 –> 00:59:24:05
I’m like, I gotta go plug this thing at the game and fish. And I’m again not the hunter and my hunter’s not here and they’re gonna have to just believe my story. And fortunately when I went to Las Vegas to do that, they had somehow caught in that transmission on dispatch and new and they said, you, you guys that had that guy with a heart attack guy? I says, yeah, thankfully you’ve heard about it. So I didn’t have to sell my story to you. Got it plugged. And so then I’m done, I’m breaking camp and I’m gonna head back to Utah, which where we live. And this is only an hour and a half from our house in southern Utah. But I, I thought, do I take the horns? I almost thought I wanted to. I called my wife, I says, tell me if I’m doing something wrong.
00:59:24:08 –> 01:00:05:25
I meant I wanna, I this, ’cause this is the next day he’s stable, the stents are in and he’s doing my, I was gonna walk, I wanted to walk the horns into his hospital bed, bloody skull. And just ’cause he hasn’t seen it, he doesn’t, you know, it’s like, you better not do that. You’re gonna get, you can’t bring stuff dripping blood, you know, into the hospital. Into the hospital. So I said, all right. So it was three days before they let him out before I met him down in the parking lot and he got to hold his sheep and, and all that. But once again, all is well that ends well. But it’s kind of stressful situations. Stressful situations that fortunately ended well. But those are probably my two that I are the craziest. And so I don’t know John, well, I don’t know what you wanna talk about Jason’s.
01:00:05:25 –> 01:00:46:24
Well maybe we, maybe we save. Oh, okay. Maybe, maybe we save my stories for a full podcast. Hey, stay tuned for that. Well, is a full podcast. It is. Well let’s, maybe we’ll talk about Jason’s pending Arizona Desert Sheet punt here in, in the coming weeks. And we’ll talk about his first desert sheet punt in Utah. How we do, we’ll talk about Desert Sheet punt with Jason Carter round one and then we’ll talk about the new round two. How’s that? That’d be awesome. Alright, so we, we have probably gone a little bit long today, but anything else? I think that’s all the questions. Oh, let’s give one more shout out to Hillberg tents. If you’re in the market for a tent, now’s a great time to buy. Especially they’ve got some that that can handle the late season winter type type four season tents. Yeah, four season tents.
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