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Old 03-05-2017, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought it would be fun to share our desert sheep hunting adventure with the forum, so I'll use this thread to update on scouting trips, the actual hunt and anything in between.

It all started when I put my brother into the sportsman drawing for a few hunts as a birthday present. I didn't tell him I was doing it, just forwarded the confirmation email, with the message "Happy Birthday, Bro!", to which he replied "Awesome! Thank you! Imagine if I drew out ... definitely once in a lifetime". This was the first time any of us had applied in the sportsman draw.

The morning the email results were coming out he forwarded me the following:

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Thank you for your recent applications for Sportsman. Your results are as follows:

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SUCCESSFUL: Sportsman Desert Bighorn Sheep

Hunt: Sportsman Desert Bighorn Sheep
Weapon: Any Legal Weapon
Your season date(s): Sept 1 - Dec 31, 2017
Unbelievable. I thought he was messing with me at first and that he spoofed the email, but it was confirmed legit when my credit card was hit later that afternoon for $513. He had won the lottery. It was a 1 in 4,124 chance of winning. The equivalent tag at the expo sold for $80,000 a couple weeks ago. What a rare opportunity indeed.

Knowing basically nothing about this hunt, we spent the next few months learning anything and everything we could about desert bighorn sheep. We've come in contact with several people in the desert sheep hunting community, and they all have been awesome, and extremely helpful. The excitement they have about hunting sheep is contagious. We received some good intel on a few different units and areas, glassing techniques, field judging desert sheep, etc. Just some fantastic people we've met along the way. My brother doesn't want to hire a guide at this point, knowing that he might not get the biggest ram out there, but wants the experience and adventure of learning about and figuring out how to hunt desert sheep. This being the case, we greatly appreciate all the help that has been offered to us thus far, and if anyone else is interested in helping us out, feel free to PM me.

We finally decided we had enough info to start scouting, and needed to get some boots on the ground, so we picked one of the areas and made it out for the first scouting trip this weekend (more to come on this trip).
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Subscribing. Can't imagine the surprise birthday presents don't get much better

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I'm really looking forward to this thread and the updates - best of luck to you and your brother!
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We finally decided we had enough info to start scouting, and needed to get some boots on the ground, so we picked one of the areas and made it out for the first scouting trip this weekend (more to come on this trip).
I would be on Kaparowitz-west or Zion.

Were did you guys look?
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Congrats to you and your Brother!!! What a great birthday present. Looking forward to hear about all the memories made! Good luck to you guys!
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I hope to be so lucky one day lol.
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That's great!

Where does he keep his lucky horseshoe?
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I would be on Kaparowitz-west or Zion.

Were did you guys look?
Zion. Although I am curious where you saw the rams from camp on the Kaiparowits West unit...

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There is a Jay Scott outdoors podcast talking about the sheep units in the state. Might shine a light toward some areas. Good luck.


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Thanks Brisket!! We all just drew an Internet sportsman's sheep hunt. Time to live the dream through you guys!! Good luck! I'll be tuned in.

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