Oregon, 2008, DIY, Public Land
The rams had vanished! After a long, sleepless night of anticipation before the hunt started, we peeked over the rim about 200 yards from where we put them to bed. They were gone! We frantically searched the surrounding chutes and draws, but kept coming up empty...
What a year it had been. Driving home from a successful antelope hunting trip last year with my good friend and hunting partner Mark Rhodes, I said, “I think I’m going to hunt bighorns next year.”
He laughed and said, “Where are you going to get $20,000?”
I replied, “What do you mean? The draw is only $4.50.”
That is where it began. The rest of the year, up until the time I checked my draw results, I told everyone I knew that I was going to hunt bighorn sheep. As you can imagine, when I really did draw, nobody believed me. They thought I was still on my positive thinking trip. After checking the results, I ran around the house screaming and hollering, and then I called Mark. When he asked if I would give him every horn I owned if I was lying, and I answered, “Every horn I own!”
He said, “Sounds like we’re going sheep hunting then.” Was it positive thinking or dumb luck that had tipped the odds in my favor?
Searching for and finding a ram proved challenging. It was a once-in-alifetime tag, so I was going to make sure I did my homework. I scouted a total of 30 days over nine weekends, put in about 65 hours of drive time to and from “the rim” and spent $2,000 in gas money.
For a full account of Mike's adventure, turn to page 34 in the April/May issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.