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Jerry
02-21-2011, 11:30 AM
Living in Oregon and only having a once in a lifetime Goat or Sheep tag, my time is running out. Age and physical condition are working against me, but hopefully until such time that I actually draw a tag somewhere, I can live vicariously through some great stories here! Thanks Eastmans!

12ring
02-21-2011, 11:47 AM
Good luck Jerry in the up coming draws. My father put in for moose goat and sheep for 38 eight years before drawing a goat tag two years ago. Keep on the grind!

*******
02-21-2011, 07:54 PM
I hate to do it guys, but I'm going to brag.

I live in British Columbia. I can hunt Big Horn, Stone's, and Dall sheep every year with an over the counter tag. Goat is the same way, every year, over the counter. We do have some areas that are limited entry (controlled hunts) but there are lots of open season areas.

I've yet to put an arrow through any of these fine animals, but I see legal rams and billies every year. Love this place.

It hurts me to move to Alberta next year for my PhD.

gunsight
02-21-2011, 11:38 PM
Well bro, guess I could rub it in and say something like the last guy. Namely an over the counter moose hunt up here for us old folks doesn't cost a cent and whilst you're looking for that nice bull, you can also drop black bear, caribou, wolf, griz, and any number of other small game such as ptarmigan, grouse, etc. Course you do have to pay $25 for a griz tag, and you do have to be 60, and ya have to be a one year resident. Other than that, never a dime to hunt, fish, or trap. Can't beat that with a large stick. See you flatlanders up here someday...???

lukeandwillsdad
02-22-2011, 05:49 PM
I hate to do it guys, but I'm going to brag.

I live in British Columbia. I can hunt Big Horn, Stone's, and Dall sheep every year with an over the counter tag. Goat is the same way, every year, over the counter. We do have some areas that are limited entry (controlled hunts) but there are lots of open season areas.

I've yet to put an arrow through any of these fine animals, but I see legal rams and billies every year. Love this place.

It hurts me to move to Alberta next year for my PhD.

Could we get this guy's membership revoked? Lol! Seriously, that's a sweet perk for residents!

*******
02-22-2011, 06:39 PM
It is nice to be resident, I'll admit that. But I would give my left arm for a game management system like you Americans have. There are 3 conservation officers for an area half the size of Wyoming. I hunt over 175 days a year between spring and fall and I haven't had my licence checked in 5 years. Archery season has the same restrictions on animal size that the any weapon season does and bow season is 9 days. There are no herd management strategies for age class or trophy animals of any species. Our limited draw system is done by hand on paper sheets, and most years results don't come back until after some of the early seasons have started. There hasn't been a comprehensive survey of moose, deer, or elk numbers in my area in over a decade.

Jerry
02-22-2011, 09:19 PM
Ya'll are killin' me!!!
I'm not too far from getting that "Pioneer' license myself which will make it cheaper too hunt but the tags are just getting harder and harder to draw. If I haven't drawn an Oregon tag within the next 5 years The spouse has said OK to going out of state to get my Ram. Gunsight I will be up there someday to visit you and the other half!

Rob
02-23-2011, 07:15 PM
Gunsight, this flatlander will be up there someday. And to be a BC resident and hunt sheep and goat every year....I think I would be in heaven! Consider yourselves very lucky men.

Duk Dog
02-25-2011, 08:20 PM
I hate to do it guys, but I'm going to brag.

I live in British Columbia. I can hunt Big Horn, Stone's, and Dall sheep every year with an over the counter tag. Goat is the same way, every year, over the counter. We do have some areas that are limited entry (controlled hunts) but there are lots of open season areas.

I've yet to put an arrow through any of these fine animals, but I see legal rams and billies every year. Love this place.

It hurts me to move to Alberta next year for my PhD.

Ah come on now, Alberta isn't that bad. ;) BC does have some awesome opportunities though, no doubt.

ultramag
02-26-2011, 06:40 AM
Gunsight, you will see me & a couple buddies up there in September 2013, years of not drawing moose tags in Montana finally pushed us over the edge.

Elkoholic307
02-27-2011, 09:20 AM
Well bro, guess I could rub it in and say something like the last guy. Namely an over the counter moose hunt up here for us old folks doesn't cost a cent and whilst you're looking for that nice bull, you can also drop black bear, caribou, wolf, griz, and any number of other small game such as ptarmigan, grouse, etc. Course you do have to pay $25 for a griz tag, and you do have to be 60, and ya have to be a one year resident. Other than that, never a dime to hunt, fish, or trap. Can't beat that with a large stick. See you flatlanders up here someday...???

First of all, I don't consider myself a flatlander. Second of all, I'm only 23 and have 10 points in sheep and moose. I definitely have the itch to hunt them both, (especially sheep) but I'm willing to wait for both my Wyoming trophies. If I play my cards right, I should have a shot opportunity on a decent black bear every year. I'm sure Alaska is amazing but I will never move out of Wyo.

rocky mt addict
03-05-2011, 07:11 PM
i hunted in BC for 5 days. saw stone's sheep (one at 50 yards), many 6 x 6 elk, a herd of mountain caribou, many legal bull moose (they came into camp to eat the horses hay), large grizzlies at close range (one charge me trying to claim my elk carcass), a few goats at a distance... i think their management system works pretty well.

BADbuckfever
03-14-2011, 05:24 PM
Why are the tags limited to only a few? Here in Cal. you can only receive ONE sheep tag in your whole life. Also Cal only has about twenty tags available total. ???

sjsmallfield
03-24-2011, 01:01 PM
Why are the tags limited to only a few? Here in Cal. you can only receive ONE sheep tag in your whole life. Also Cal only has about twenty tags available total. ???

No Joke!!! I wish I could afford to go out of state every year, because elk and antelope draws aren't much better here in CA.

Ridgerunner
03-24-2011, 05:32 PM
Keep the dream alive, people do draw the tags, the ram in my avator was taken last fall after what I considered 12 long years of rejection notices, I realize that is on the short end of the scale though, as many people have waited significantly longer and still not drawn.

sjsmallfield
03-30-2011, 12:10 PM
Keep the dream alive, people do draw the tags, the ram in my avator was taken last fall after what I considered 12 long years of rejection notices, I realize that is on the short end of the scale though, as many people have waited significantly longer and still not drawn.

Great ram! What unit did you draw?

Ridgerunner
03-30-2011, 03:59 PM
It's a Washington ram, netted 176 6/8, not bad for a cali. He's an incredible ram with horn lengths of almost 38 and bases over 15, I am VERY happy with him.

Jerry
03-30-2011, 05:38 PM
It's a Washington ram, netted 176 6/8, not bad for a cali. He's an incredible ram with horn lengths of almost 38 and bases over 15, I am VERY happy with him.
If I drew a tag and scored on something like that, I could almost quit hunting because nothing could top it! Congratulations, even though I am blue with envy!!!! :)

*******
03-30-2011, 08:27 PM
Ya Alberta will be nice. I can finally sling an arrow at a pronghorn draws willing.

Maxhunter
04-10-2011, 06:46 PM
Think positive! I wish you the best on the draws. I got tired of trying for a goat tag in the lower 48 so I booked a hunt in BC. Can't wait for this fall. IMO BC & AK are the best places to go hunt goats.

6mm Remington
04-12-2011, 04:37 PM
Jerry good luck on the draw! Ridgerunner that sure is a beautiful sheep! I got to go on a sheep hunt with a friend and he got a 181 2/8" Lower Rock Creek ram here in Montana. I also was lucky enough to go with a buddy on a Mountain goat hunt in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness and he got a really beautiful 9 1/4" billy! I also got to tag along with the same guy on a moose hunt for a couple days up near Thompson Falls Montana. He got a nice bull, but not when I was with him. Can you say packhorse, as that's what I was but I loved it! Would not trade it for anything and it's almost as getting a tag yourself!

I loved eating my buddies ram as it was shot before the rut and he was wonderful. The mountain goat was really tough and strong. We tried everything with him and even made some really spicy sausage and he still was strong tasting. His brother loved the goat meat! My friends moose was also very good. That's as much a part of the whole experience for me as I love the meat of game I'm lucky enough to harvest.

Good luck to everyone on the draws here. I better get down and get my moose, sheep, and goat tags in!
David