Still filled with gratitude over my first sheep! I was blessed to be on on two sheep trips this year so far. First, I went on a ladies only trip. While we did not harvest a ram, it was an amazing experience. Us three ladies hiked in 2 days before the season opened to get into position for opening day. We were set to be in the hills for 10 days together. After scouring every inch of that complex and not finding rams, we agreed as a group to leave after 6 days. While I wanted to stay in the hills, I followed my gut and it said to just go with the flow. Turns out this was perfect timing! When I got out, I was invited out on another trip leaving the next day with my boyfriend, Dan Kriss, and his good friend, Craig, who also my co-worker from another part of the province. So off we went. We hiked 15.5 hours in, I enjoyed a light 70 lb pack on my back. Haha. While this alone was a good fitness challenge, I was hoping to pack out even heavier. Hard work, endurance, team work and a bit of luck had my dream came true on August 11 when I was blessed to harvest my first ram, a beautiful 11 year old.
We peaked over the edge and there were 3 gorgeous mature rams. The wind was in our favor and we got to watch my ram butting heads with the other two mature rams, an 8 and 9 year old. The three of them bedded down, and a few other immature rams joined. I didn't take my eyes of my ram, and waited for him to stand up. I wanted to wait to get the perfect broad side shot. My patience paid off, an hour later he stood up out of his bed. I took my shot, and before I knew it my ram laid down on that glorious mountain for his last breath. I had just harvested my first full curl Stone's sheep ram!
The pack out was just shy of 50 kms. It was a mental and physical endurance test, and was so worth it. Being a part of an amazing team, which really did allow me my success, is completely humbling and has left me with such gratitude for these good men. I may have cut the tag, but this really was our ram. I can't wait to pack out rams for these boys next! Training for next year, starts now! #sheephunting #wildsheepsocietyofbc #sitka #wildsheep #mountainhunting