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HarvestMaster

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share your wisdom... Please
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:11:27 AM »
So as I follow the threads I'm noticing there are a few guys on here who can really get it done.
I have hunted sheep 3 times and only ever saw goats and a single ewe. Not a good start I know.
I'm not apposed to walking or covering ground, in fact I like it a lot. I guess my request is simple.
What are some tips you can share with me, and other new guys to the game, on picking spots to seek out sheep and once where there what to look for when glassing?
I'm having a heck of a good time using google earth to scan the rockies, but there is just way to much good sheep country out there. What makes it Great sheep country?

thanks in advance,
Adam
Quote from Howard Hill.( Whenever he taught someone to shoot) "Son make up your mind right now if you want to target shoot or hunt as theres a world of differance between the two"

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Re: share your wisdom... Please
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 12:25:04 AM »
I just thought about this post a little more and realized man I'm asking a lot. Instead of asking for all the secrets I thinks it's better if present a location and then ask where would you all think the hot spots are.



Last year I hunted this area in the beginning of the season. It was really warm and we had clear weather the whole time. The trip was cut short after I hurt my knee crossing a river.

I hunted area 1 until I was hurt and didn't get to go to area 2 where I had originally planned on hunting.
So what do you think?
Quote from Howard Hill.( Whenever he taught someone to shoot) "Son make up your mind right now if you want to target shoot or hunt as theres a world of differance between the two"

Hope this goes over well....

sheepguide

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Re: share your wisdom... Please
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 10:04:22 AM »
Your definatly hunting the right area. That is good sheep country. Big thing is to find good vantage points that allow veiws of large areas and spend time using your optics. Many guys make the mistake of covering to much ground. Bino's and spotting scopes are you best advantage when hunting sheep. Try and find grass areas that border rugged cliffs as rams like these types of areas as it gives them an escape route. Or rock bluffs with grass tops. Another area sheep like to hang is near black shale areas. Watch in these shale hills for tracks because most times they will be fresh unless there has been minimal rain that year.

Watch on the Lee side of ridges, hills and mountain tops. Rams will often lay just below ridgline out of the wind so they are covered from the back and the breaze will carry any scent of danger over the ridge to them and they can watch the area in front of them.

Stayoff skyline is a major rule but one I tend to not dwell on as much as many as depending on where animals are skyline can actually be anywhere on the mountaing not just on top. The top of the mountain in many cases is less visable to any sheep on that mountain than when you are walking up it. But still when walking over the top stay low if possible and try and stay against rocks or cliffs if you can.

Glassing adjacent mountains is the easies as you can see the whole area. Its really tough most of the time to see much area on the mountain your hiking. When bighorns are standing there ass'es are the easiest thing to spot. Also most rams are darker than their surroundings so their bodies can be spotted due to this contrast. I also look for their horn curl. Most rocks in the areas of Alberta are jagged and square edged so on average a round outline in these areas can help reveale the head of a ram.

Once you find a ram to go after try and get above or at least at the same elevation if possible. This is for a couple reasons. Sheep are always watching below the for danger. They will still look up but arent as worried about being attacked from above. The second reason is your thermals. This is a big deal during our sheep seasons as many days early morning are close to or below freezing then warm way up as the day progresses. So with this your thermals in the mornings will be generaly coming down the mountain and down the valleys. As the day warms these thermals will switch as the air heats and will be blowing up in the late mornings and afternoons so if your stalking and are level or slightly above the ram and your thermals switch up you will be ok. Windy days can change this somewhat but is a good rule of thumb to go by.

Another stratagy to use when stalking is to use the sun. Sheep have magnafied vision and hate to look towards the sun so if you can get the sun near your back there is a lower chance of them looking that way.

When stalking its good to keep guiet but remember sheep are used to hearing rocks falling just dont make the noise consecutive to sound like foot steps. As well if you do get a shot and happen to miss stay hid. Sheep very seldom can figure where the noise came from due to echo's and will lots of times just mill around or even move closer at times. If they do spook 8/10 times will head angling up or even straight up. They will very seldom head down when spooked.

Hope a couple of these ideas help a bit. Keep plugging away in the area you posted and im pretty sure you will find sheep.

SG
« Last Edit: March 28, 2012, 10:20:27 AM by sheepguide »
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Re: share your wisdom... Please
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 09:28:15 AM »
Thought you would have gotten a few more guts thoughts posted here.
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Re: share your wisdom... Please
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 12:31:52 PM »
Thought you would have gotten a few more guts thoughts posted here.

Pretty tough to do as you covered most of it.  8)

Get to know your area intimately. Learn the details. Keep a diary and a sighting map, the dots will come together.

Sheep trails in the scree will tell you about their travels. Try to get out after a fresh snow, for the same reason.

Lots of rams will take to the trees after hunting season starts.  ;)