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Bighorn Dream Hunt

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Bo Maurer's Crew Cab loaded for the trip out. Photo by Chip Johnston

Big Horn Sheep – Successful.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read those words on the Colorado Division of Wildlife website.  The entire neighborhood could hear me screaming with excitement.

Now that I had drawn a Bighorn Sheep tag for Southern Colorado, the pressure was on.  I immediately called my good friend and outfitter Jeff Chadd with Majestic Mountain Outfitters.  He and his team immediately started scouting the area looking for big rams.

The one piece of gear that I knew I needed to upgrade was my backpack.  I had been using an original Dana Design Terraplane.  As luck had it, I found the Mystery Ranch Backpack facility during a trip to Bozeman, Montana.  I was so interested in their products that I stopped by their store in person with my original Dana pack in tow.  Mark Seacat did a great job of fitting me for this new NICE Frame and Crew Cab.  We compared my original pack to the new pack with weight, comfort, etc.   Mark even introduced me to Dana Gleason, the founder of Dana Design and Mystery Ranch.  I was only dreaming of … READ MORE >


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Inspired

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He’d been shooting his bow for months.  The dedication was intense.  He spent the shortening days of the fading summer quivering with excitement and expectation.  And now the season is here.

It’s Friday, but he’s been packed since Tuesday.  We split work as soon as the boss relents to our incessant pestering.  Scouting has paid off and he’s seen his bull.  He tells me he’s seen it every day, in his mind; he’s experienced the kill in his dreams.  This is borderline spiritual.

The bugles fade with the light.  We camp on an adjacent ridge making quiet plans as we eat a cold meal in the dark.  I sleep, he doesn’t.  A few hours later I wake to coffee and sugary instant oats.  It’s time.

I can see the herd through the trees.  There’s a flash of hide and then steam as a bugle cuts the air.  I call and the bull screams in response, racing back down the hillside on the edge of his herd, not willing to leave. A small camo figure creeps along the treeline.  I call again.

Silence.  Twenty minutes pass.  I see my friend walking toward me through the open sage but can’t read his … READ MORE >


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