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Trap

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I've been trying to talk myself into going for it in 2022. I've been hooked on reading through this thread and I find myself rooting for all you die hards that get after it year after year. Much respect and admiration for the effort and dedication you guys have put into "mission impossible."

Here's a breakdown of my ambivalence:
The pros
1) I live really close to the Beartooths (Montana resident)
2) I come from a long line of sheep hunters. My grandpa has killed four bighorns in Wyoming, his biggest coming out of area 1. My dad has also drawn and killed an area 1 sheep in Wyoming. I've always dreamt of sheep hunting and realize the opportunity may not come through the draw in Montana.
3) I'm relatively young (33) and I like to suffer
4) I'm okay going years without killing or even seeing a sheep. To me the adventure is worth the price of admission.


Cons
1) I like to have a balance of adventure hunting and meat hunting. Sacrificing a big chunk of my vacation days chasing unicorns might leave me with a sad looking freezer
2) Baby due in July
3) My gear isn't up to snuff yet (would need a tent and pack upgrade)
4) No hunting partner that could keep up (I prefer to solo hunt so not a huge deal)

Part of me knows I'll regret it if I don't go but it seems like such a massive commitment and gamble. It seems like now is the time if I'm going to do it. I'm thinking I gotta try this in my 30's and maybe 40's and then jump back into the draw game later in life when my body starts slowing down. The risk being that the Beartooths might cripple me to the point of never being able to hunt again...lol.

Curious to hear how some of you came to the realization that the unlimiteds were for you? Did you fall and hit your head one day or was there more to it than that?
Go now while your young and a Montana resident and close. I did it as a resident in 1991 at 24 got a sheep that year. I have thought of going back every year but never have. I’m going to be 54 and now I am a non resident. I’m in good shape but would never be able to do what I did at 24. Also as a non resident it’s a lot more money to drop on a low percentage hunt. Do it now while your young and live there. Things change trust me on that one. I will be back
 

thebestusernamesaretaken

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Go now while your young and a Montana resident and close. I did it as a resident in 1991 at 24 got a sheep that year. I have thought of going back every year but never have. I’m going to be 54 and now I am a non resident. I’m in good shape but would never be able to do what I did at 24. Also as a non resident it’s a lot more money to drop on a low percentage hunt. Do it now while your young and live there. Things change trust me on that one. I will be back
Solid advice - even if you don't get a sheep it will be only something like a $125 camping trip in some of the best landscape in the lower 48.
 

recurveman

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I've been trying to talk myself into going for it in 2022. I've been hooked on reading through this thread and I find myself rooting for all you die hards that get after it year after year. Much respect and admiration for the effort and dedication you guys have put into "mission impossible."

Here's a breakdown of my ambivalence:
The pros
1) I live really close to the Beartooths (Montana resident)
2) I come from a long line of sheep hunters. My grandpa has killed four bighorns in Wyoming, his biggest coming out of area 1. My dad has also drawn and killed an area 1 sheep in Wyoming. I've always dreamt of sheep hunting and realize the opportunity may not come through the draw in Montana.
3) I'm relatively young (33) and I like to suffer
4) I'm okay going years without killing or even seeing a sheep. To me the adventure is worth the price of admission.


Cons
1) I like to have a balance of adventure hunting and meat hunting. Sacrificing a big chunk of my vacation days chasing unicorns might leave me with a sad looking freezer
2) Baby due in July
3) My gear isn't up to snuff yet (would need a tent and pack upgrade)
4) No hunting partner that could keep up (I prefer to solo hunt so not a huge deal)

Part of me knows I'll regret it if I don't go but it seems like such a massive commitment and gamble. It seems like now is the time if I'm going to do it. I'm thinking I gotta try this in my 30's and maybe 40's and then jump back into the draw game later in life when my body starts slowing down. The risk being that the Beartooths might cripple me to the point of never being able to hunt again...lol.

Curious to hear how some of you came to the realization that the unlimiteds were for you? Did you fall and hit your head one day or was there more to it than that?

If I was a resident of MT I would look really hard at the units that normally fill later in the season when the rams migrate out of the park or WY. That is where I would go hunt. The only reason I don't hunt that type of hunt is the weather. It is all determined by the weather and I would have to be on notice and then it would still take me 2 days to get there to hunt. A resident could be there really quick and make it happen.
 

Steve O

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I've been trying to talk myself into going for it in 2022. I've been hooked on reading through this thread and I find myself rooting for all you die hards that get after it year after year. Much respect and admiration for the effort and dedication you guys have put into "mission impossible."

Here's a breakdown of my ambivalence:
The pros
1) I live really close to the Beartooths (Montana resident)
2) I come from a long line of sheep hunters. My grandpa has killed four bighorns in Wyoming, his biggest coming out of area 1. My dad has also drawn and killed an area 1 sheep in Wyoming. I've always dreamt of sheep hunting and realize the opportunity may not come through the draw in Montana.
3) I'm relatively young (33) and I like to suffer
4) I'm okay going years without killing or even seeing a sheep. To me the adventure is worth the price of admission.


Cons
1) I like to have a balance of adventure hunting and meat hunting. Sacrificing a big chunk of my vacation days chasing unicorns might leave me with a sad looking freezer
2) Baby due in July
3) My gear isn't up to snuff yet (would need a tent and pack upgrade)
4) No hunting partner that could keep up (I prefer to solo hunt so not a huge deal)

Part of me knows I'll regret it if I don't go but it seems like such a massive commitment and gamble. It seems like now is the time if I'm going to do it. I'm thinking I gotta try this in my 30's and maybe 40's and then jump back into the draw game later in life when my body starts slowing down. The risk being that the Beartooths might cripple me to the point of never being able to hunt again...lol.

Curious to hear how some of you came to the realization that the unlimiteds were for you? Did you fall and hit your head one day or was there more to it than that?

Don’t wait any longer. You should have done it LAST year before the baby. You don’t need premier gear. Dude, you are going to blink your eye and you will be 53 and the unlimiteds are VERY unappealing to 99.99% of 53 year olds in this country. Take this from a guy who spent a month in Colorado at 39 chasing bighorns with his recurve and has NO chance and going to the unlimiteds. Do it NOW. Don’t let fancy gear hold you back.
 

RobertD

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Georgia (GA)
In 2019 I made the trip from NC to scout in the summer. I teamed up with another Hunt Talker who had interest in the same hunt. We spent a few days in one of the units and found a legal ram. I had a baby on the way so I didn’t buy the tag that year and chose to just scout instead. My hunting partner drew a goat tag in the overlapping unit in 2020 and we went in with his sheep and goat tag and saw no sheep but filled the goat tag. Just a few weeks ago I purchased my first tag and he and I plan to go back in come September. This will be my first time with a tag in my pocket.
Take my energy @geetar - But seriously, pulling for you man
 

BirdManMike

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Montana
If anyone is scouting this summer and wants some company, give me a holler. Im in the Beartooths all summer, and I’m good for about 20 miles and 6k in a day, give or take. Most of the time I’m alone, but it’s nice to have some company every so often, specially crazies like you all.

I didn’t pick up the tag this season. Seems like I am always starting a new falcon, at least the past going on 5 seasons, and have to get flying birds right in September. One of these years I’ll have a reliable bird going into the season and be able to hold off til October for 2 weeks of sheep chasing second half of September! Priorities. Le sigh (I’m not French but I like to sigh in French sometimes).
 

YoungGun

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Bozeman
Seems like I am always starting a new falcon, at least the past going on 5 seasons, and have to get flying birds right in September. One of these years I’ll have a reliable bird going into the season and be able to hold off til October for 2 weeks of sheep chasing second half of September!
Any way to teach the birds to find a ram..? Then you'd be in business. ;)
 

recurveman

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Gilbert, Arizona
The thought process of all the unlimited unit newbies. It must be easy if they killed so many in 2020, right? Mostly kidding 😁. Good luck everyone!
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So, as I'm reading this my only thought......Is a 6.5 CM going to stop a G-bear? Maybe bears are scared of clowns? Who knows!!!!!
 

YoungGun

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Bozeman
So, as I'm reading this my only thought......Is a 6.5 CM going to stop a G-bear? Maybe bears are scared of clowns? Who knows!!!!!
Fair question I suppose, but with 700ft/lbs more muzzle energy than a .44 Mag with 340gr +P+, you're going to sorely disappoint the guys on here that hold Magnum Handguns for Bear Defense in such high regards.
 

buffybr

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BozAngeles, MT
So, as I'm reading this my only thought......Is a 6.5 CM going to stop a G-bear? Maybe bears are scared of clowns? Who knows!!!!!
In the '80s and '90s I did 10 or so unlimited sheep hunts plus another 10+ elk and moose hunts in those same units. On all of my sheep hunts I only carried my .257 Ackley, and other than having a clean camp, I didn't give bears a second thought.

I didn't see any grizzlies while hunting sheep, but one did come into one of our elk/moose camps and I ran him off with a rock.

They're scared of the manbun ;)
Actually I think they see the manbun as the top feathers for a tender meal.:p
 
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