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Offline Huckleberry

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Chelan sheep
« on: September 17, 2023, 09:20:24 PM »
I've always enjoyed Hunt WA. I read it almost daily though my post count may not reflect it. At any rate I have service and it's not quite bed time. My report thus far one my OIL:

Life is busy. I had plans of scouting a few times through summer but between having started my own forestry consulting company during the COVID pandemic, having a self employed wife, a 19 month old, 4 year old and 5 year old, home life took priority. Needless to say I spent countless hours late at night looking at sheep pictures and every resource I could find. There were several good threads on this site of what the unit may have to offer. Only time will tell.

I left late the afternoon of the 14Th and spent the bulk of opening day exploring access and meeting the Ewu tag holders. I never saw a sheep until a gentleman woke me up at 11:30pm to show me his Ewu and give me a rundown of what he was seeing. Thank you. Its always fun to see folks put in 100% effort. Saturday was my first real day. I glassed a bit, but being a forester I like my boots. I'm sure this is a disadvantage for sheep but the freedom from home life and scenic country kept me on my feet. I watched a disabled Ewu tag holder hike further in than I could have imagined in 90 degree heat, make a great shot and his helpers had it out in 1/4 of the time I figured it would take. I was impressed.

I saw perhaps 70 of the girls Saturday in various herd sizes and a dozen or so rams. My first sheep of the trip was very nice but I've been telling myself not to shoot the first one for 3 months. Alone in the cliffs he never even gave me a chance to count rings and unlike most of what I've seen he ran down a cliff to never be seen again. Fun though. I'm my mind he was big, heavy and old. Looking down and running away may add something. Hard to say. I ended Saturday with a dozen or so rams. Mostly 4-6 year old's. The only older animal was broomed so bad that he wasn't hardly a half curl. I had no interest.

Today I changed locations and spent 14 hours on my feet with the occasional glassing and water break. It was eventful. Close to 30 rams spotted and no ewes. I snuck to within 20 yards of a pair of 6 year old's, one very pretty full curl that had me tempted. Still too early. Most of what I saw was in pairs or 3-4s, one nice herd. I saw a couple 7 year old's, and lots of 4-6s. Hiking out I ran into the biggest herd of the day. They were close to the truck and I spent an hour with them. One was OK and if it wasn't for all the pictures I've seen I'd be done. I'm really trying to hold out for something special. Tomorrow is another day. We shall see

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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2023, 09:27:11 PM »
Great write up
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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2023, 09:30:19 PM »
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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2023, 09:30:51 PM »
Aaaahh! Sweet hunt to be on! Thanks for sharing with everyone! Hope you find what you are looking for and keep us updated! Definitely the hunt of a lifetime!

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Re: Chelan sheep
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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2023, 09:35:47 PM »
Cell phones and spotting scopes without tripods is tough business

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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2023, 09:40:40 PM »
Congrats, following along to see what you're able to turn up.
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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2023, 11:54:42 PM »
Awesome.
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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2023, 01:25:22 AM »
Good luck buddy, looks like you’re having fun at the very least.  Hope you fill a tag, rootin’ for you since you’re from my neck of the woods!  (I’d probably root for you anyways)

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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2023, 04:11:54 AM »
That’s a special tag enjoy every second of it and make the most of it. You will get a great ram.

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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2023, 06:04:46 AM »
What an experience.  The rest of us can only dream!  Keep at it!
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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2023, 06:49:51 AM »
Was driving through Chelan down to Wenatchee and back home yesterday wondering if anyone was around sheep hunting. Good luck, keep us posted! Count me jealous

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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2023, 07:20:06 AM »
Sounds like a great hunt. Hold out for the one that you want.
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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2023, 09:48:29 AM »
Good Luck!

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Re: Chelan sheep
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2023, 12:13:11 PM »
I am the son of the disabled hunter and wanted to say publicly that I really appreciate you taking time away from your hunt to sit with us as we got him on the animal. He was very impressed by you as a hunter and we are confident you will get on the one that you want!

 


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