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    MSU, It sounds like you've found most of the info, of the very little, out there. They sound like pretty smart birds who make you work for it! Everything I've read also says to look above 10,000ft and that you're better off spotting and stalking them rather than just hoping to pop up on them. With that said, I'm not sure what benefit a dog would offer other than the optimistic hopes of a retrieval. I personally don't own a dog but my good hunting buddy will be leaving his at home rather than dealing with the constant stress and worry that the dog will end up running of a cliff, which judging by their preferred terrain, is a very real risk.
    Lamoille canyon and it's nearby peaks and cliffs sound like the hotspot for activity, although I'm sure they're spread through the range with only the difficulty of terrain keeping the other spots from being as "pressured".
    I just picked up my permit today, and it sounds like someone else was down there today doing the same! Perhaps somebody off of this forum? I hope we all get some days out there and can come back and report on what we learned/saw/didn't see. In all honesty I'm going into this first effort hoping to simply lay my eyes on one. As with any animal, there are many things to be learned before you're given the gratifying opportunity to pop a shot off at one. So anything beyond just seeing a rare and elusive animal will be a bonus in my eyes! And further more, it gives me a reason to explore some new country!
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    Well, heading out to the Rubies this weekend and I think I have a game plan. Gonna hike in to Echo Lake and camp and probably hunt towards the Dome depending on the terrain, etc. If anything, it should be a fun adventure and a good camping trip with some good fishing if nothing else. Wish me luck!
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    Good luck cat! Take pictures and cant wait to here the tall tale!

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    Looking forward to the report.

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    Good luck MSU!

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    Well guys, the trip was fun but ended up not quite what I was planning. A combination of leaving Reno late Friday night, consequently getting a late start on Saturday morning, and the mrs. not really up for the type of trip I had in mind, kind of foiled my plans. Plus, we kind of took the wrong trail to start, which lead to some serious bushwhacking and really slowed us down. We did bump 5 or 6 ruffed grouse early in the hike, but I missed some very doable shots. My dog looked at me like I was an idiot (which I suppose is arguable at that point). I was really disappointed since I've yet to take a ruffed grouse yet; only blues and spruce grouse so far. We made it to Goat Lake and caught as many brook trout as you wanted to, which were actually bigger than I expected. Kept two for dinner.

    We did see two bighorn sheep, which after the die off was probably pretty fortunate. Never really saw many deer. Just a few does. Some fellow hikers saw some goats, but we never spotted any. Interestingly, we ran into the guy who runs the backpacking the ruby mountains website. He had quite a bit of insight in where to find snowcock. I was on the right track, just didn't make it there on this trip. Nonetheless, it was a good backpacking trip, got in a little shooting, and had some great fishing.

    Here are some pics of the trip. I'll definitely be back...
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    Good deal, sounds like a fun time regardless if you got to your final destination or not.

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    Well I'm packed and loaded for our effort at tracking some of these birds down. Three of us are heading out tomorrow morning and planning on spending a cold 4 days out there in the Ruby's. It'll be interesting to see how the snow and cold affect them, if anything we're hoping that it might push them down to a little better cover, but I'm sure they aren't called Snowcocks for nothing. We keep joking that they're probably running around atop the very highest peaks elated with the new weather. If nothing else, a little dusting of snow will make spotting them easier, and will hold some tracks for us. We'll be setting up a base camp pretty deep in at about 9500' although with the recent storms and cold spell, I can't foresee many people out there until the deer opener. We patterned the guns last week and I've opted to take my Franchi 20ga after being pleasantly surprised with how well it patterned the Prairie Storm 3" shells in a 1 1/4oz #4 with a full choke at 40 yards. Also packing a few rounds of #5 and #6 in hopes of jumping some grouse down lower.

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    Good luck up there JR, we look forward to some pics!

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    Good luck, get those pics out as soon as possible. See a good bull, lasso him to a tree for me and send over the coordinates. LOL!

 

 

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