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    Old Dad Mtn / Kelso Peak sheep hunt

    My buddy who is 77 years old was drawn for this once in a life time sheep tag and asked me to assist him on this hunt. He can not afford to hire a guide, so I'm excited about helping him, but also a little stressed because I never hunted sheep myself. Just wondering if anyone here can provide any information on where to look and camp. I already spoke with the Biologist (Regina), just wanting info from fellow hunters. Also anyone know of any good books I can purchase that can help me distinguish the difference from just an average ram and a great ram would be nice. The season starts in Dec and runs till Feb.
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    So it's officially going to be DIY hunt? Hopefully you can dig up some more info here. I might know another place you can check for info as well.
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    Yea, my buddy can not afford $4500-$6500 the guides are asking.... He's retired and living on a fixed income.

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    bigshot,

    I don't know if California will give you the names, but some states will let you know who the prior tag holders were for OIL tags. When researching for friends that have drawn those types of tags, most former tag holders have been really helpful to new tag holders.

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    Oh, I did not think of that, I'll look into it thanks.

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    bigshot,
    I drew San Gorgonio sheep in 2002, the year the went to a point system. 3 times as many applicants.
    I saw sheep in there for years before they had a hunt there. They had no fear of people then. Without getting into detail, mass is a good indicator of age. Also a full curl with tip of horn coming up between jaw and eye. Some will broom the ends off horns off so not to block their vision. They will still score good if have good mass. Measurments are scored by the Circumference of horn divided into four sections so the length isn't a critical factor for score. I'm guessing the average base circumference is between 14 to 15 inches.168 total in. to make Ca. book. Annual rings can usually been seen on horns for aging. Mature rams between 6 to 9 yrs. are normal . If other rams are around you can judge larger rams more easily. They will act more dominate also. I hope this may give an idea but I'm no expert !
    If he likes one he sees I'd say shoot !
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    Thanks Don, that was some good info.

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    I bet Umpqua Hunter could give you a lot of good intel. He's a sheep huntin mad man ! Maybe send him a PM .

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    I have a friend who hunts that area whemever he can get a tag and kills some great bucks. The only thing is he is pretty tight with where he hunts. He always says ...find the water, find the animals.

    I know one thing, if I drew this tag, I'd find a way to hire one of the outfitters from this area. Beg, borrow or something. Remember its once in a lifetime!!!
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    I live in Nevada and have been fortunate enough to draw two sheep tags here. The first tag I Drew it was mandatory to attend an indoctrination course where they would cover topics like field judging and tactics. Last year's tag was not mandatory anymore but I still went because the information is very valuable. If you're friend can look on the ndow website they usually have two classes in Vegas and they're open to anyone who wants to attend. Well worth the time. Good luck!

 

 

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