We recently were out scouting for Desert Bighorn Sheep in Unit 15D, which is one of Arizona’s Top producing trophy sheep units. Recent reports have suggested a possible pneumonia issue within this herd, we will continue to monitor these sheep via our personal scouting efforts & thru the Arizona Game & Fish Department.
In one morning of glassing, we saw 15 healthy desert bighorn rams. Out of these 15 rams we saw 2 class 4 rams, both of these rams were off by themselves & appeared to be in super healthy conditions.
Here is a video clip of one of the Class 4 Rams from May 19, 2016:
Hunting & Guiding Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep is a very special privilege, it’s truly an amazing animal & hunt. In 2015, Colburn & Scott Outfitters graciously partnered with us on the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle Desert Bighorn Sheep Hunt. Living extremely close to the best desert sheep units for this hunt, gave us a great opportunity to scout early & often.
Summer & Fall scouting is often a grind in these Arizona Sheep units, as temperatures can reach well above 115 F. A big heavy ram was occupying most of our scouting time, but unfortunately we learned he died of natural causes several months before Frank’s hunt could begin. It was back to ground zero after several months of hardwork.
As October neared it’s half way point, we decided to concentrate our efforts in the best 2 units available to hunt. Frank & his good friend Tim arrived at our base camp, thus the desert sheep hunting officially began.
Here is a clip of Frank & the crew glassing on the first afternoon of Frank’s hunt:
After a few days of hunting, we were able to turn up a couple older rams above the Boone & Crockett minimum. Below is some footage of us evaluating Frank’s ram.
Several hours after this footage was captured, the sheep hunting group came together and made the decision to target this ram. The ram had moved across the canyon in search of some ewes and after getting into position for a second time, Frank was finally able to wrap his hands around his once-in-a-lifetime desert bighorn ram.
In 2014, Linda Kelly took here once-in-a-lifetime Boone & Crockett Record Book Desert Bighorn Sheep with us in Unit 15DN. Linda’s ram was officially measured at 168 6/8″ B&C points and was one of the largest rams taken in Arizona’s Region 3 during the 2014 Desert Bighorn Sheep Season.
Here is multiple days of desert bighorn sheep scouting and Linda’s Unit 15D Desert Sheep hunt in a short 8 minute video: