Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rain and Fog

Danny returned to the hills this weekend to look for more sheep. His trip was totally stymied by fog. He only got a few brief moments until the clouds burned off, around 11am. The high country was totally socked in during the prime hours of the morning and evening.

That's alright, there's still plenty of time. Danny is about to get serious with his scouting, he'll be spending a lot of time up there real soon.

One of the brief moments in the evening when it wasn't hammering rain.

Danny watched these clouds roll up the valley and then hang out around 11k ft...not an ideal elevation for glassing sheep.

The best it ever got during the prime scouting hours.

Sydney's eyes and nose got crushed by mosquitoes.

Tough to spot sheep though this.

Most of the trip was spent under shelter. The creek that Danny camped near was at least three feet higher on his way out than it was on his way in.

More to come!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Danny's first scouting trip for BIGHORNS!

Danny has a weird way of thinking about hunting. He gets satisfaction from physical exertion more than nice scenery or relaxation. Don't get me wrong, I like to hunt hard. But Danny is the modern day living example of the mountain man motto: "I wonder what is over that mountain?". He can be a real pain in the butt to hunt with (except when it's time to pack something out).

So naturally when he started to build enough bighorn sheep points to have a prayer of drawing he picked a unit soley off of what would be the most physically challenging hunt. Forget trophy potential or population density, Danny is seeking a challenge. His first scouting trip after drawing a ram tag for the 2015 season confirmed that he is getting into exactly what he wanted.

I'll keep the blog updated with pictures of his scouting excursions, and hopefully some great hunting pictures once his August season rolls around.

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The first rams Danny found were on top of that pointy peak in the center left. Three rams on top of the world.

Sydney doesn't have many scouting trips left in her. She's been a good scouting companion over the years.

Danny took cell phone pictures of this ram from 2.38 miles away with a Phone Skope attached to his Swarovski spotting scope.

Cow elk Phone Skoped from 2.98 miles.