Arizona, 2008, Guided
Drawing an Arizona sheep tag is one of those things in life that fall into that category of amazing things that never actually happen, or so I thought. At 2:30 a.m. on Friday July 25, I found out I had become one of those people who learn firsthand that myth really can turn into reality. Earlier that evening one of my hunting buddies, J.P., called to inform me we had drawn a turkey tag and an archery deer tag. When I got home that night, I was bummed because I hadn’t drawn an elk or an antelope tag, but I decided to double-check my results. Being an Arizona resident, I felt confident, but never expected to see “successful” under my desert sheep application result! I was stunned! I had drawn my first choice for Arizona desert sheep with only three bonus points. I did not sleep the rest of the night.
Most of the next day was spent sorting out in my mind how to proceed. I contemplated whether to do a DIY hunt and whether a tag as rare as this was worth the risk. I also interviewed some guides. After meeting with each of them for over two hours, I was told I should shoot the first 160-class ram I saw. They told me the rams in the Plamosas only have 14-inch bases and that it would be extremely tough to find a B&C ram. I was getting discouraged.
My luck changed a few days later when I coincidentally met the Game and Fish employee who managed my hunt area. After he got done telling me how much he hated me for getting that tag, he gave me his business card and gave me a few tips and recommendations.
For a full account of Ken's adventure, turn to page 48 in the April/May issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.