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Offline Gringo31

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #50 on: July 21, 2016, 08:08:09 AM »
Thank you all for the kind words....  It's starting to sink in.  I think it's fair to say I've thought more about sheep in the last 20 hours than I have the rest of my life.  I've always loved big bulls, mules and would love to one day kill a good bull moose, but sheep seemed too far of a reach. 

I've never killed a big game animal in this state with a rifle and would like to keep that streak going.  It's a long season and while I would shoot one with a rifle, the days/harvest stats on prior hunts make me feel I'd like to up the challenge.

I'm sure there's a Montana or Texas joke in this but I got sheep on the brain!  My boys cow moose will take priority during his season....what a year, God is Good!
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #51 on: July 21, 2016, 08:10:00 AM »
I've been fortunate enough to get that same type of phone call and its pretty special!

Congrats and enjoy the ride!

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #52 on: July 21, 2016, 08:12:11 AM »

Congrats on a one in a million win, Gringo. I'm so happy that a long term Hunt-WA guy got a tag like this. Here's to an amazing fall for you.
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #53 on: July 21, 2016, 08:25:10 AM »

Congrats on a one in a million win, Gringo. I'm so happy that a long term Hunt-WA guy got a tag like this. Here's to an amazing fall for you.
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Looks like it was actually a 1 in 3,802 win. 

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #54 on: July 21, 2016, 09:32:38 AM »
Congrats!! and enjoy!!!

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #55 on: July 21, 2016, 09:40:07 AM »
Congratulations!! That is Great, well lets make it a little bit better! Your elk will be ready next week!
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #56 on: July 21, 2016, 12:10:49 PM »
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Congratulations!! That is Great, well lets make it a little bit better! Your elk will be ready next week!

 :yike:

Way Cool....  :tup:

Send me some pics when you get the chance.  :IBCOOL:
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #57 on: July 21, 2016, 12:46:21 PM »
How would a guy ever decide where to start with a opportunity like this raffle?
I'd be stressed and overwhelmed if it were me.  :chuckle:
Looking forward to pics

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #58 on: July 21, 2016, 01:03:44 PM »
How would a guy ever decide where to start with a opportunity like this raffle?
I'd be stressed and overwhelmed if it were me.  :chuckle:
Looking forward to pics
  Did I or did I not tell you to be a champion today :nono:  you go where the genetics and age class are :iamwithstupid:

Congrats again Gringo :chuckle:
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #59 on: July 21, 2016, 01:22:13 PM »
I would start with Chelan Butte if I had this tag

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #60 on: July 21, 2016, 01:24:31 PM »
How would a guy ever decide where to start with a opportunity like this raffle?
I'd be stressed and overwhelmed if it were me.  :chuckle:
Looking forward to pics

 :yeah:

But have a great time with the tag!

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #61 on: July 21, 2016, 01:32:18 PM »
How would a guy ever decide where to start with a opportunity like this raffle?
I'd be stressed and overwhelmed if it were me.  :chuckle:
Looking forward to pics
  Did I or did I not tell you to be a champion today :nono:  you go where the genetics and age class are :iamwithstupid:

Congrats again Gringo :chuckle:
See that's the problem. I barely know what sheep look like let alone where they live... Or where the champion sheep play king of the hill!  :chuckle:

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #62 on: July 21, 2016, 02:48:18 PM »
super cool!.....following along for the ride

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #63 on: July 22, 2016, 07:32:57 AM »
Congrats on the draw. having a lot of options to pursue them sounds like a good problem to have. I am incredibly jealous and hope you let us follow along!

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #64 on: July 22, 2016, 08:57:26 AM »
How would a guy ever decide where to start with a opportunity like this raffle?
I'd be stressed and overwhelmed if it were me.  :chuckle:
Looking forward to pics
  Did I or did I not tell you to be a champion today :nono:  you go where the genetics and age class are :iamwithstupid:

Congrats again Gringo :chuckle:
See that's the problem. I barely know what sheep look like let alone where they live... Or where the champion sheep play king of the hill!  :chuckle:
good thing he has 4 months to figure it out! :IBCOOL:
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #65 on: July 22, 2016, 10:42:28 AM »
Gringo

You just won the ultimate powerball :drool:

Enjoy every moment of your journey.  Look forward to the story and pics👍
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #66 on: July 22, 2016, 12:05:18 PM »
Enjoy!
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #67 on: July 22, 2016, 12:07:48 PM »
 :tup: :tup:

So happy for you! If you want a spin around the Chelan Butte, that's my backyard (literally). How exciting!
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #68 on: July 23, 2016, 12:32:10 PM »
A sheep tag and a date with hirshey... :yike: :tup: :tup:way cool...

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #69 on: July 23, 2016, 01:40:10 PM »
Congrats on a great tag!

Looking forward to the read on this one!
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #70 on: July 23, 2016, 06:05:53 PM »
Definitely start with the butte.  A few around B&C 180 there.  Tons of rams to look through so it can get confusing.  Getting one with a bow shouldn't be too much of a problem.

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #71 on: July 25, 2016, 06:07:59 AM »
One thing about this site....is that it allows someone to live vicariously through others.  I've enjoyed the stories, pics etc over the years and I want to share with others as well when given the chance, but I still can't quite explain how it feels to have this tag.  I would say that I know what this tag means to the die hard sheep guy (which I'm really not), and I know any sane person would spend as much time as possible covering several units and find the one that gets his motor running.

I had a dream the other day.  I had probably been asleep 20 min and the dogs started barking and I hopped up, checked it out and then started telling my wife what my dream was.....

In my dream, the raffle results had come out online and everyone could see where they ranked.  The guy who had the second place tag was a die hard sheep guy his whole life.  He was that sweetheart of a guy who helped everyone he could on these sheep hunts and only dreamed of one day getting his own tag....he was in his mid 60's, and he had purchased 10 tickets or so.

In my dream, I called up WDFW and declined my tag.  (And you know how dreams go) next thing I know I'm at a press conference!  :chuckle:  (looking back it was a good move to tell my wife this dream)  At the press conference, I went through some of my personal history, talked about facing some tough times, talked some of watching a family implode for the persistent actions of my ex, and then talking about how my current wife of just over a year was a hand picked gift from God himself.

You see, my cup overflows with or without this tag.  While dreams are just dreams, they do show how your mind has been working.  I lack the time to (as some would say) "do it justice" and that's ok.  I intend to make a scouting trip or two, learn all I can about judging sheep, listen and be thankful for information shared and enjoy this hunt as much as possible knowing the gift it is.......and am in no hurry as I don't want it to be over quickly.

Why did I share all of this?  Because I think it's all part of it.  Every hunt, every experience, every outlook is all a bit different to each of us.  Some of us don't agree with the way others think and that's probably not going to change any time soon  :chuckle:

In the mean time, I'm trying to sort out my schedule, working through getting my pack ready, check lists, need to start shooting the bow (which I haven't touched since last November) talking to my 3 brothers (2 are from out of state), changing a few plans we had to hunt together this fall and exchanging that schedule for this hunt or hunts.....trying to sort out in my head my personal goal of doing it with my bow, vs the scenario that the days which my brothers would be able to come is limited.......Ahhhh, decisions, decisions  :tup:

Life is Good!  To the 4-5 people who have reached out with advice, help etc....

Thank You. :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #72 on: July 25, 2016, 06:25:56 AM »
Wow, just saw this, that's amazing you drew, you are one lucky guy in so many ways!  :tup:
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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #73 on: July 25, 2016, 03:13:46 PM »
Congrats! Can't wait to follow along on your hunt through here! Good luck!

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Re: Best $11.50 ever spent
« Reply #74 on: July 25, 2016, 04:01:50 PM »
I really like the fact that you got this tag a little bit more now, Gringo. Can't wait to follow along and live vicariously through you and this adventure.
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