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  1. #76

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    I went out Friday evening before my hunt and checked a few areas I had done sat recon on prior to my trip. I thought the areas looked good and settled on my first area to start my morning off on Saturday morning. The gulches were way more rugged than I had imagined they would be. I was thinking this may be closer to a mountain goat hunt in the west minus the high elevation and miles of walking that needed to he done. That was lesson one a man does not have to park at the top of the gulch like I did only to hike two miles down the gulch with a road basically running along the rim of the gulch. And then shoot a ram a half mile from the end of the road on down the gulch to hike and pack the sheep back to the truck all up hill. I do admitt I dropped the pack of meat when I hit the road and only packed the sheep a half mile but it was a tough half mile I must say. I don't know if it was the heat or what that made it so tough but I was drained. Maybe it was all the up and down in the gulches I hiked prior to shooting the ram also.Name:  Hawaii trip 091.jpg
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  2. #77

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    But as far as the hunt and finding animals it was pretty easy. I began at the top of the gulch on Saturday at daylight and began working my way toward the sea. I was beginning to jump animals from the bottom of the gulch and began to see a pattern. These sheep where extremely cautious I don't think I saw a one that hadn't spotted me first. After seeing 15 or so sheep and passing on a few medium sized rams and pollies I had sit down for a little break to watch some country and rest a bit around 9am. After a little break I began to move around a point where two gulches came together and formed one large gulch. As soon as I rounded the point to glass back up the gulch towards the vehicle I see sheep and they are on the run. I first spot a ewe leading the pack with a pollie ram. Then about ten or so sheep come into view all ewes until I look at the last sheep and he was a nice ram. I decided very quickly he was a shooter to me and that I would be very happy to take him. All the sheep were on the move running up toward the top of the rim of the gulch in an attempt to go over the top and out of danger. The ram finally stopped at 140 yards and I let the man bun round eat and blew out the rams heart. He made it about 20 yards after the shot and fell into the rocks. I began to make my way over to him and got onto a ledge on the cliff I couldn't seem to find a way down through. After accessing the problem I decided if I could make it to the ledge below me I could make it into the bottom to climb the other side of the gulch to the sheep. I decided my only shot short of climbing back up and out and trying to find another route was to jump about 6 feet off the ledge and head on down. So that's what I did. Lesson two don't jump onto such ledges with a full back pack and all your gear. I'm way to old for that now days. But it worked out and I was fine and finally made it over to him to begin the quartering process. Now does anyone know any good mouflon recipes I haven't tried it yet. I have heard both good and bad things about the meat but hopefully can try it soon.
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  3. #78

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    Awesome. Would love to do this hunt one day. I think my wife is even on board ... as long as she has a tag.

  4. #79

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    Congrats

  5. #80

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    Thanks glass eye. I now realize that ram you full body mounted is a really great ram. Now I wanna go back and chase those deer.
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  6. #81

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    A big Axis is my nemesis. I've taken several small bucks but haven't been able to put an arrow in a big one. I've had opportunities but something always goes wrong. I was planning a trip for this next May but I decided to change it up a bit and decided to go to Molokai instead. Something different.

  7. #82

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    I took a friend from Mexico to Lana'i for Mouflon and he passed on a ram like yours because he wanted one like mine, he didn't punch his tag. He had another opportunity on a bigger ram but spooked the ram off. We were limited in our search because I found out in the hunt that he has vertigo.

  8. #83
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    Pueblo West, Colorado
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    Great job! Hunting in Hawaii is something I've wanted to do for a long time...

  9. #84

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    Nice job brownbear! Much of what you mentioned brought me back to what I experienced. It was definitely a unique hunt. Those big axis definitely have me thinking about future hunts. I looked at the totals from 2016 and 633 sheep were harvested with 373 being rams, so it looks like the numbers were up this year.

  10. #85
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    Great ram, thanks for sharing the hunt with us. I really want to do this hunt one day

  11. #86
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    Good work Brownbear! That island is hard to beat...great people, great scenery, and more animals to chase than you can imagine!

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    Great report Brownbear, thanks for posting.

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