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zia

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We saw 16 rams on the first sheep-salting pack trip for the Game Dept , lots of moisture this year so they all look fat and healthy!




"Laverne" and "Shirley" loaded with salt blocks...200 pounds each. We used 9 animals to pack and ride on this trip

A motley crew on a ridge above the lake where we camp
 

zia

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LOL, paid enough to feed the stock for the year , better not quit my veterinarian job though.
 

bobbydean

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Would love your job. Need help!

Beautiful animals. Was this in the Pecos or Wheeler Peaks? Did not recognize the lake.
 

zia

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This is the the Pecos Wilderness...unit 45. Will make a few more trips in the Pecos to various salt sites then to the Latir Wilderness and maybe Wheeler/Vallecitos depending on what the biologists want. Have mules will travel.
 

zia

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Hi Patrick!

Clovis and Hobo stayed home, they could have gone but I am bringing up some younger stock. There is a young 2yo blue roan gelding I call "Pecos" that you will see soon, I will pack him later this season and if he doesn't kill himself on a cliff or break his leg in a hole I think he will make a good one. We will see!
 

hank4elk

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Great pics!
Love the Pecos!!
I've had rams walk right up to me elk hunting in there,and blow some stalks.
 
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zia

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made another loop this time in the Latir Wilderness. Packed 600# of salt we dispersed at 3 separate sites. All the elk and bighorn looked fat and happy with all the moisture and feed but I haven't been rained on that hard for years!


 

zia

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Thanks bobbydean, they work hard and do a great job. I keep an eye out for good-minded stock all year and start by packing the young horses/mules to see if they can handle the country. I have had some get scared and flip over backwards, fall off trails, spook and bolt etc ( we use a breakaway between pack saddles so if one goes it doesn't pull the whole pack string down). The ones that make the grade progress to riding stock. I started a nice 2 year old roan QH this year that is really going to be good. All I care about is they are good-minded and dont care what breed, on this trip we had a trakaner, a clydesdale , QH's, half-arab and mules.
 
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