A friend of mine, Courtney Olson, bagged this beautiful Bighorn a few days ago. Below are his notes from the hunt. As he notes, his hunt will air on the Outdoor Channellate next summer. Congratulations Courtney.
Pre-season scouting, research, help from friends before and during the hunt (you know who you are) and some plain old good luck = a Colorado Bighorn Ram for Court. See attached.
For those interested, from the Colorado Division of Wildlife check-in:
Left Horn: ¾ curl 30 7/8” length 15 1/8” base
Right Horn: Full curl 34 1/8” length 15 1/8” base
Spread: 20 4/8
Growth Rings: 9 (Ram estimated to be 10 years old)
Taken on 9/23/09
Unit: #32 (Near Georgetown/Empire, CO)
Shot Distance: Close. 45 yards with severe downhill angle in heavy timber and snowstorm.
Weather during hunt: blizzard conditions for most of the hunt with very limited visibility.
Score: I am not sure... and it generally does not really matter much to me. I am usually not one to measure my animals but I will compute it and the taxidermist will probably give me some idea. A trophy in my mind no matter what the score! If you are interested in the score I will let you know in the future.
More to follow as I receive additional photos from my On Your Own Adventures friends (Randy & Troy) who joined me to chronicle the hunt for Randy’s On Your Own Adventures tv show. If you are interested in self-guided hunting on public land, watch for this hunt as one of the episodes next July-Sept time period on Outdoor Channel. Caveat: no laughing or cheap shots at my on-camera skills (or lack thereof)! Hopefully the editors are kind to me. Wait until you see the footage of the sheep and the weather/scenery..that really was more the story of this hunt. One of the toughest hunts I have ever done because this was self-guided, on public land (with significant competition from other hunters) with intense weather conditions. A wonderful memory for me.