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HayHay98
05-22-2012, 09:05 PM
Yes, the thread is correct, I have a very very very serious problem. I drew both a Bighorn Sheep tag for Area 22 AND a Mtn Goat tag for Area 1. Now of course the dilemma is which animal to hunt first and how much time to allow for each hunt. From the basic information I've got so far from the various hunters, outfitters, and the sheep biologist is that the Goat hunt shouldn't be terribly difficult to find animals but finding a nice Billie with a good coat in a good position to allow for a safe retrieval is the key. In reading the MRS section on the sheep area I was really excited however in talking to the biologist for this area, harvest was poor this last year and the number of mature rams calling this area home are down. One good thing is that WY is leaving some areas, including this area, open thru the end of October which should help bring some of the larger rams down from the high country. I also do have the ability to hunt in Area 5 all of October if need be.

Honestly guys I'm looking for some direction from anyone who has hunted goats in Area 1 or Sheep in Area 22/5. Again, what a thrill this fall is going to be. I haven't been able to sleep for 3 weeks, but some of that has to do with how sore I am from hitting the running trails and hills!

Thanks for any help anyone can lend!

packer58
05-22-2012, 09:23 PM
Your problem is the one we all wish we had............good job on the tags!!!!!!

hvfd21walker
05-22-2012, 09:38 PM
That doesnt sound like a problem at all to me.

huntin_fool01
05-23-2012, 02:29 AM
Thats a great problem to have!!:) Sorry I cant help with any info though.

Drhorsepower
05-23-2012, 06:38 AM
I don't care what other people say, that is a problem. A guy can only take so much time off of work and one of those tags requires a hunter to dedicate 100%. I hope you figure it out bud. Pass some of that luck this way would ya!

Bitterroot Bulls
05-23-2012, 08:38 AM
I think I would embrace this "problem." Do what you have to in order to make it happen. Find a way to get the time. Spend the dough on the gas and sundries. Get into the best shape of your life. Invest in a camera and use it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Congratulations.

Get in touch with as many previous tag holders as you can. People are more open with info on these premium tags, as they should be, given they won't be hunting it every year.

Kevin Root
05-23-2012, 09:26 AM
I hope you can beg borrow or steal enough time off work to make this come together for you. Sounds like you are getting in to shape to make the most of the opportunity. I hope you will get some great information to make for an thrilling, successful hunt. Sounds like your problem is one we all wish we had. Great job on the pull on your tags.

HayHay98
05-23-2012, 10:15 AM
Thanks for all the kind words guys. Problem may not have been the right word but as I'm sure you can imagine, there is a great deal of stress that comes with one tag, let alone both at the same time.

I appreciate any and all help I could get here guys. With only about 2.5 weeks of vacation, a 20 month old little boy, and a very understanding and patient wife, you can imagine the little bit of pressure I'm feeling to get this done and do it right.

Thanks again!

Umpqua Hunter
05-23-2012, 12:52 PM
Wow...congrats. I think you definitely want to hunt Unit 5 in October. I wouldn't waste my days in Unit 22 if you are trying to conserve your days off. My son had a tag in Unit 5 in 2007 and I hunted there in 2009. We both got rams. There are a ton of rams in that unit. I sent you a PM. In fact my avatar is my Unit 5 ram.

The guy who knows that unit the best is Kevin Hurley. Kevin used to run the sheep program for Wyoming. He now works with the Foundation for Wild Sheep in Cody, Wyoming. Go to their website and click on "about" then click on "office staff" to get a link for how to contact Kevin.

Pronghorn73
05-25-2012, 04:45 PM
You asked for it! You did apply for both tags, right? Congrats, and good luck!!!

sjsmallfield
05-25-2012, 06:30 PM
Good luck man! I think you're going to need it. At least mentally anyways.

NDHunter
05-26-2012, 06:05 AM
Wow that's awesome. Congrats and good luck!

hoshour
05-31-2012, 09:17 PM
I got a mt. goat years ago in CO and it was almost diappointingly easy, except for the altitude - 13,000 ft. I would fill the goat tag first because its probably easier and you have all of October to hunt sheep.

ceby7
05-31-2012, 10:01 PM
Goats are definitely going to have better hair in later Oct. than in Sept. You're not going to hit either of their ruts so you don't have to factor that in. Personally, I would focus on the sheep first then use Oct. for the goat, assuming you want one with good hair.

Muleys 24/7
05-31-2012, 10:52 PM
To the op, isn't it crazy how that works......you can go years without drawning a goat or ram tag and then BAM you get'em both in the same year. Good luck on your hunts

justinthedoc
06-12-2012, 03:16 PM
Personally I would go after the sheep, you can get goat tags in other states way better chance of drawing, or buy a hunt... also not to say goats are easy, but they are easier to spot, and can be seen off the road with good optics early, you may not get a pig, but its better than nothing. LUCKY SOB

Wild Country
06-16-2012, 10:18 PM
Wow I really wish I could help but I hope your boss is a serious hunter. Good luck cuz that is tough in a lot of ways to be that fortunate to draw those tags.

HuskyMusky
06-18-2012, 11:57 AM
I assume you have max pts for sheep? You may be able to turn back in the sheep tag and keep your points and draw that sheep tag next year...

Worst case scenario you have to make a sheep hunt and goat hunt happen in the same year in WY.

Good luck!

HayHay98
06-20-2012, 04:53 PM
I did NOT have max points for sheep. I was 1 short of max. After speaking with several outfitters, biologists, and hunters, I have elected to hire an outfitter for the Sheep hunt and do the Mtn Goat hunt on my own. My sheep hunt will primarily take place from October 5th thru the end of the month. I'm going to hit the Mtn Goat hunt hard from September 20th thru the 5th. I'd like to wait for the Goats to hair up a bit and most guys who've hunted this that I've talked to said from about the 20th-1st they really put on the best hair and finding the goats is pretty easy. I really appreciate all the replies and well wishes. Hopefully this fall I can post up some good pictures. Thanks again guys and anybody with any advice for hunting either area, its greatly appreciated!

HayHay98
09-27-2012, 01:45 PM
One down.......one to go!!! Harvested an 8.5" x 5.25" Billy middle of September. Sheep Hunting is going to start in a couple weeks. Can't wait to go after a ram!

HuntWYODon
09-27-2012, 05:02 PM
Go buy a lotto ticket too !
I myself would hunt for sheep the hardest. I hope it all works out for you and you have enough vacation time.
I think I'd take Umpqua's lead. May be a time saver.

Bitterroot Bulls
09-27-2012, 07:03 PM
Well done, HayHay!

Love to see a pic of your Oreamnos!

Good luck with ol' curly!

2labs
09-28-2012, 07:31 AM
Congrats on the goat, need some pics!!

HayHay98
10-08-2012, 08:55 PM
It's official, both tags punched! Shot my ram yesterday at noon. 7-1/2 year old ram, 161-7/8. I'll be posting pictures of both my WY Bighorn Sheep and WY Mtn Goat within the next day or so. Hunted 2 days total for my sheep, saw a total of 7 different rams. What a great hunt and the fall hunting season of a lifetime! Nothing left to do now except soak it all in and relax a little with my family.

HayHay98
10-09-2012, 09:08 AM
Here they are!

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Bitterroot Bulls
10-09-2012, 09:14 AM
Two great trophies!

Congrats. That is truly a season for the ages.

hardstalk
10-09-2012, 10:38 AM
Thats the definition of envy in my book!! Congrats.

shanevg
10-09-2012, 11:15 AM
Congrats, those are some great animals! Dream hunting season for most anyone on this forum!

NDHunter
10-09-2012, 12:02 PM
Congrats! That's a tough year to beat.

jjenness
10-09-2012, 03:04 PM
Great job on tagging two awsome trophies!

WYcoyote
10-09-2012, 09:29 PM
Problem solved!
Good work. Great trophies.

Rock 2.0
10-10-2012, 08:47 AM
wow, gettin it done. Nice job

Edelweiss
10-10-2012, 02:16 PM
Very nice work.

The perspective in the sheep photo is intersting. Body wise comparitivly it looks like you shoot an argali compared to your body size.

sjsmallfield
10-11-2012, 03:16 PM
Truely awesome! Love the backdrop in the goat pic. Congrats.

FullDraw
10-11-2012, 05:33 PM
That's awesome! Congrats!!

Elkoholic307
10-12-2012, 08:45 AM
An unbeatable year!

Okbow87
10-29-2012, 07:49 AM
Way to make good on both tags. I bet you don't ever forget this hunting season!

If you don't mind, which outfitter did you hunt with and did you kill the ram in unit 22 or 5?

HayHay98
11-02-2012, 03:13 PM
I hunted with Wind River Mtn Outfitters based in Dubois, WY. I killed my ram in Area 5 however, did see a very nice ram in 22 on the first day of the hunt. My dad also used them and killed a very nice ram in Area 10. I would highly recommend them to anyone with an Area 4, 5, 10, 22 sheep permit. They've harvested well over 300 rams in their history, my guide had 75 under his belt. I'm pretty certain they were 100% again this year on 11 sheep hunts.

BKC
11-02-2012, 03:24 PM
My two favorite hunts of all time were my goat in 97 followed by my sheep in 2001. I can't imagine hunting them both in the same year unless they were in the same unit. That is one hell of an accomplishment. Congrats!!!

Ikeepitcold
11-03-2012, 01:59 PM
Wow you did it! Way to go and thoses are some great animals! Congrats

CoHiCntry
11-21-2012, 06:56 AM
In the end, it was a "good problem to have". Congrats on pulling off something not very many people get the opportunity to try for!

huntin_fool01
12-02-2012, 08:38 PM
congrats on your trophies!!

NFH
12-30-2012, 09:24 AM
wow, 2 tags in one year, that's a huge accomplishment!!!