By Sitka Athlete Dustin Roe
been dreaming about the last three days for the last four years – that is, ever
since I saw a Dall Ram for the first time.
all the hunters in camp tagged out, Stan said he wanted to take me out for a
Birthday Ram. A buddy took some clients to town on August 9th and picked me up
a Dall Sheep tag. That night, tag in hand, Stan and I went out searching
for the ram that one of our hunters had wounded.
Yesterday, my birthday, we hiked into a long valley and spotted him bedded near
the top in the boulders. We planned a stalk and moved in to what we thought
might be 50-100 yards from where he was. That’s when I stepped on a loose rock
and sent it tumbling. I knew the ram heard it so I busted over the rise,
frantically looking for him. I was right. He heard me, and he wasn't sticking
around to ask questions. I suppose I’d be just as paranoid if people had thrown lead at me.
was on the run at about 200 yards, so I quickly set down the pack and got a
range with the geovids. The ridgeline was at 400 yards, so I waited until he
Down he went with my new Gunwerks 7mm. We took some pictures and packed him
want to thank Stan for allowing me to take an awesome Ram in the NWT on my 27th
Birthday. What a present, putting me 3/4 of the way to my North American Sheep
Slam. Desert Sheep, here I come!