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Hunt Stories - Albert Osborne
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On My Own Sheep Hunt
by Albert(Bert) Osborne
This was my lucky year as I drew a sheep tag for Murders Creek Unit #546. I attended the orientation meeting in The Dalles Oregon and I found it to be very helpful. I had hunted deer and antelope in this par-ticular unit but during those hunts I never saw a big horn sheep. I didn't know where to start and I received very good information from Mr. Foz, a gentleman from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He showed me on a map where they would most likely be located.
I began my hunt with four days of scouting before the season opened using a spotting scope and binoculars, learning the area as much as I could and I was able to see a few sheep each day at a long distance. On the afternoon of opening day I had the opportunity to shoot a nice ram at 230 yards, an easy shot so I thought. I was up on a rim shoot-ing down hill at about 45 degrees and being as excited as one can be I didn't hold low enough and over-shot it. A clean miss and I thought I had missed my one and only chance at a ram.
Two days later I had another chance when I spotted 5 rams feeding under another rim. It took a long time to get above them and get a shot and I was approximately 250 yards away. Again, I was shooting down hill at 45 degrees so I made the adjustment to make sure I held low and I was able to shoot a front shoulder. The ram spun around and I got the other shoulder low and this time the ram didn't get away! We had about a mile to pack the ram down to the trail head. My ram scored 165 6/8.
This was truly a hunt of a lifetime and I couldn't have done it without the support of family and friends.
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