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Nevada Desert Bighorn – Randy R.

Frank here is a short story about my Nevada Sheep Hunt.  Feel Free to pass along!

                   Knowing, even when your on a guide hunt!

Randy R.

Desert Bighorn that I harvested this year in Nevada.

                                                                         Nevada Desert Bighorn
                                                                                November 2017

I have been trying to draw a Sheep tag since I was 18 years old.  And now at 61 years old, I figured it would never happen.

Being a Non-Resident, Nevada has been better to me than my home state of Washington in getting tags.  Much to my surprise, in June I couldn’t believe my eyes.  My name was listed in the successful column for Desert Bighorn in Nevada.  I also drew an Antelope tag for Nevada…   Thinking maybe I could Antelope hunt and have time to head south and do a scouting trip for Sheep, I found there just wasn’t enough time with my busy work schedule.

I thought it would be best to hire a guide, since this may be my only opportunity in my Lifetime to hunt Sheep.  After talking to several guides, I settled on Nevada Guide Service.   This being my first ever guided hunt, I checked out their referrals and felt good about my choice of guides.

                                                                               My One Shot Ram

This Ram Scored 163 which is a great Ram from this Unit

My son Travis would be joining me on the hunt and we could hardly wait for November.  We chose to hunt the second week, allowing us to spend time with our family over Thanksgiving.   Arriving at camp on the 28th of November around noon, we met with our guide Seth who had a Ram spotted; he thought was worth checking out.   After a long drive we me up with the other guide Jason who had been keeping eyes on the Sheep.   After looking through the spotting scope, I agreed it was a beautiful Ram, but passed as I had not waited this long to hunt Sheep and have it over the first afternoon.

The next morning Travis and Jason headed south while Seth and I went north to find Sheep.  The morning spent with Seth, we looked over dozens of sheep with a handful of nice Rams.  Shortly later we got a call from Jason, saying they had a Ram spotted we needed to look over closer.  After driving many miles south we met up with Travis and Jason, only to find out that the Ram has disappeared in to one of the many folds of rugged terrain.

Glassing up several other Sheep we decided to split up again and glass our way back towards camp.  After stopping at a few spots and spotting several more Sheep, we stopped at one last place before camp.  Right away Seth spotted a group of young Rams.  Looking more to the south, I spotted a couple of ewes.   Telling Seth where they were he got excited and said “look what’s bedded between those two ewes.”   

I knew from the moment I laid the glass on the big Ram, I knew I would be thrilled to take him.  Wanting my son to be there, we called and told Travis and Jason, we’d found the one.

                                                        Family shot- Great mass on this Ram

After a short stalk and steep uphill 350 yards shot, my dream of taking a Sheep had finally come true.

                                                         A moment of solitude with the Ram…

My only regret was tagging out so early in the hunt.   Giving many thanks to Travis, Seth and Jason, I couldn’t have had a better group of hunting partners to share this experience with

                                                  Caped for mounting heading to the game room!

Randy R.

Randy R’s 2017 Nevada Pronghorn Hunt

First off I have known Randy, who lives in Washington for a number of years.  He once drew an Oregon Pronghorn Tag and got a hold of me.  He used Garmin and onXmaps HUNT back then and even found his own honey hole….

‘Yes Frank , We did use onX Maps. That’s how we found the honey hole when Travis had his tag a few years back. Just couldn’t find a mature one there this year. Have yet to see another hunter in that spot. I’m sure come rut time a big one will show. We have a friend in 033 now, looking for something mid 80’s. I’ll let you know how he does.”

 Hi Frank,

Just got back from Nevada and thought I’d better share my story with you.  Travis my son and I arrived in Mountain City on Sunday afternoon.  Right away we wanted to check out an area we knew held numbers of antelope west of town.  After locating several groups of animals that evening and the next morning we were not seeing much for mature bucks.

We decided to check out the unit to the east and look over some new country.  After few miles it started looking like lope country. Soon I glassed up a few does a mile away . We drove a bit closer and snuck in to get a better look.  Three or four soon materialized into 27 with one good-looking buck. We marked the location on the Garmin and pressed on.  By now it was pushing late afternoon and in the upper 80’s we arrived in a massive area that looked like prime antelope habitat with several good water sources.  Cruising and stopping to glass, I spotted the buck I knew was my #1 target.

Randy’s! Orignial target Lope in Nevada…

I attached a picture we took with a phone scope.  We left him alone and found a camp site a couple of miles away.  This area was getting a lot of traffic and other hunters out scouting. Seeing this I figured we’d have competition in the morning.

We struck a plan and went to bed thinking about the big guy all night. Up at 5:00 and on the road by 5:15 we planned to hike up a ridge to a good vantage point.  Sitting in the dark for 45 minutes we were  finally able to pick things apart.

Soon I spotted 5 antelope high up the mountain on a sage flat.  Getting the spotter on them I thought it was the big one.  We made a plan and the stalk was on. It was a steep and noisy climb trying to use the lay of the terrain as cover. After and good hour we closed the distance to 500 yards.

Not feeling comfortable at that distance we moved to a pile of rocks and shorted it to 380 yards.  Not pulling the spotter out again I readied for the shot.  As I got settled in I told Travis I wasn’t sure it’s our buck.  They were about to feed over the ridge top when I said I like him anyway. At the shot they all grouped up and I knew I had missed .  They fled over the top not offering a follow-up shot.  I figured we’d better go check, just to be sure it was a clean miss.

At this point we were nearly 7000 ft in elevation.  Reaching the top Travis picked them up 3 – 400 yards out grouped in tall cover.  They saw us and busted out of site.  Since we were up there we decided to continue along glassing the vastness below.  After another 45 min. of side hilling.  Travis shouts “buck”!  I looked directly downhill and 120 yards away was the buck I just missed staring at us.  All I could see was his neck and head. I threw up my .280 and squeezed off a shot. He immediately flipped over backwards and disappeared.

Randy’s 2017 Nevada Buck down and posing for the pictures…

Off went the Does crashing down the mountain stopping a 1000 yards away waiting for the buck.  Getting down to him I very was thrilled with his symmetry and the nice backwards hook to his horns.   After a few photos and tagging him I dressed him and down the mountain we went.  

At the road we both knew we were a bit turned around the road and surroundings did not look familiar. Looking at the Garmin and onX HUNT we realized the truck was 3.5 miles away as the crow fly’s.  Travis took off and I began boning out the buck and putting it into game bags.  

All Lope hunters would appreciate the symmetry of this Pronghorn!

After 1.5 hrs I was getting a bit worried when I seen a dust cloud in the distance and my grey Tacoma coming my way. He ended up climbing a high ridge and spotted a rig parked glassing.  Meeting up with 2 older fellows from Reno they had seen our truck and gave him a ride to it.  Still not sure where I was since he’d not marked my location. He looked at the map and thought I might be on the road  heading south of our camp which we had not explored yet.  Sure enough he guessed right and we got the meat iced up good and went back and broke camp.

Overall we had a great trip and was very happy with the buck I took. I feel very lucky to be able to still get out and enjoy what I love and to share it with my son.  

Randy