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Big Game Hunting => Other Big Game => Topic started by: grade-creek-rd on June 15, 2017, 02:27:37 PM

Title: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on June 15, 2017, 02:27:37 PM
If anyone on here drew the Manson sheep tag, I'm willing to provide some advice if it is wanted...my family has helped several of the sheep hunters get their ram and I know the unit well...just throwing it out there for anyone.

Grade

PS. If anyone drew the Chelan Butte tag I can help out with some pointers on that one too...though none are really needed...
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on June 15, 2017, 03:28:11 PM
And who ever drew the Manson Sheep tag might want to pick up next months copy of Successful Hunter Magazine...there's an article in there (cover story) that tells all about the history of the sheep reintroduction and the hunt, highlighting the 12 year old kid who was drawn a few years ago, and also highlighting a WA-Hunt member...Loki!!!!

Grade
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Ridgerunner on June 15, 2017, 04:08:06 PM
Quote
PS. If anyone drew the Chelan Butte tag I can help out with some pointers on that one too...though none are really needed...

According to the guy in the last Huntin Fool he had to hire a guide to make that hunt something special. 

No guide is needed on that hunt though. 
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on June 16, 2017, 09:11:44 AM
"According to the guy in the last Huntin Fool he had to hire a guide to make that hunt something special."...guess he's the fool part of Hunting Fool then! We both know all you need is a good spotting scope, and two trucks (one at the bottom and one at the top!)...and ibuprofen for the knees after the hike down! :)

Grade

PS. Ridge, hope all is well, lunch soon my friend! We only drew some doe permits but the boys will have a good year this year! (they each drew muzzy doe permits)
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Luckyone on June 16, 2017, 01:06:22 PM
I agree that you don't need a guide for that hunt.  I will say however it paid off for that guy.  He killed the biggest ram in the unit last year.  Being that it wasn't on the butte helped...
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: pianoman9701 on June 16, 2017, 01:15:03 PM
That's a very kind offer, Grade.  :tup:
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on June 16, 2017, 01:58:53 PM
It's a self serving offer...I grew up in the unit and will probably never get drawn for the tag, so my dad and I help out and get to enjoy hearing and seeing the success of the hunt!
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: jmason on June 18, 2017, 02:57:03 PM
I drew that tag this year. How can I contact you?
Any advise will help.
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: lokidog on June 18, 2017, 03:18:52 PM
I drew that tag this year. How can I contact you?
Any advise will help.

Congrats, it's a neat place to hunt.  Hopefully, you have a boat. 
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: jmason on June 18, 2017, 04:06:32 PM
I do have a 17 ft alum. boat. If anyone has any other advise, I would really appreciate the help. This is a once in a lifetime hunt and I want to be prepared.
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: lokidog on June 18, 2017, 04:17:05 PM
Bring a spinning rod while you scout, might as well eat fresh trout for dinner.

Feel free to PM and questions, as you might know, I drew that tag in 2015. Also, be sure to get in touch with Grade Creek's dad, he is great, and has a cool trophy room....  ;)
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on June 19, 2017, 10:52:08 AM
Thanks Loki...ya, the old man has a few animals worth note...like the #1 muzzy muley for WA!...anyway, jmason, Congrats!!!! Your in for a hunt of a lifetime! Send me a pm and I will give you my personal contact info, as well as some ways to start scouting that unit now. If you really want to get stoked pick up next months issue of Successful Hunter Magazine which features Cody Dobbins, the 12 year old kid who drew the Manson tag in 2012 as well as it highlights Loki's hunt...the article also give some advice regarding scouting and the need of a boat for this hunt.

to start with, don't worry about this past winter, the sheep did just fine. A big Tom cougar was found dead in the winter grounds...no idea how it died, as from what I heard it looked healthy and no bullet holes, but the fact that the Tom was the dominant male and died during the winter means more sheep lived. Check out the Chelan Ranger District (Forest Service) website as they implemented a permit system to boat uplake and use the docks during the summer and early fall time of the year. It won't affect your hunt but will affect your scouting if you plan on docking your boat this summer. Of course you can cruise up there and scout all you want via boat and head back to town each day, plus I know of some spots where you can scout from across the lake with a good spotting scope, via car. I will be over there off and on through the summer and fall (though my boys drew Alta muzzy doe permits...so I probably won't deer hunt there this year...). I will also let me Dad know that you drew, and if you need a place in Manson to store/hang meat or the head/hide he is always willing to help out (though we will be in Idaho until Nov. 5th). Also, please contact Dave Volson at the Wenatchee Office (WDFW) bio...he will probably give you my dad's name and number too, as he already gave it to the South Shore goat permit hunter this year.

Grade
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Luckyone on June 19, 2017, 02:36:59 PM
Your a good egg grade!!!
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Gringo31 on June 19, 2017, 03:39:38 PM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on June 20, 2017, 10:50:54 AM
Thanks guys!...just living through another hunters dreams! Someday I hope to get this tag...until then I will help whoever draws it and wants the assistance! I have made contact with jmason and setting plans. My hopes are he gets a old, mature, ram...I know there are a few in there and I took a photo of a 3/4-7/8 curl one that I would be stoked to get. Either way, so glad to hear the tag went to jmason who is a great guy and deserves this tag!

Grade
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Skyvalhunter on June 20, 2017, 01:32:26 PM
Good on you Grade
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Mossyoak on September 05, 2017, 03:27:09 PM
Anyone hear how the Uno Fire is effecting the sheep? Has anyone seen them lately?
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on September 07, 2017, 10:48:27 AM
Since we have already been chatting via PM I won't be redundant...but also here is a link that will give you all the info plus a map you can zoom in on...as you can see the fire is still a ways from the sheep area.

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5572/
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Britt-dog on September 07, 2017, 07:41:09 PM
Heard through the grapevine that they lost Crow cabin. Bummer.
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: grade-creek-rd on September 13, 2017, 08:39:42 AM
Yes...the cabin is gone...
Title: Re: Manson Sheep offer
Post by: Skyvalhunter on September 26, 2017, 05:54:29 AM
Up in smoke too bad the nut case running around there didn't suffer the same results.