By Sitka Athlete Dustin Roe
Blake was pumped to get hunting after watching Charles take his ram. (See Blake Patton's account of this hunt here). Blake is a bow hunter and a great shot, so I was excited to get after ‘em with him. The first day we hiked about nine hours in and spent the night on a windy ridge with little sleep.
On day two, we got on rams by noon, eight of them. Their fur was dark, and we were able to slip to within 90 yards and take a close look at all of them bedded. Four rams were very small, four of them were 7 ½ years old, and none of them were full curl. The regs in BC require sheep to be 8 years old or full curl to the bridge of the nose. The four of them at 7 ½ were hard to walk away from after six hours of counting rings, but if they’re not legal there’s no shooting them.
We snuck out and moved up the ridge. Not 10 minutes later, Blake spotted two more rams in the basin just below us. I scoped them and one was obviously legal. Game on.
25 minutes later we were at 30 yards and full draw. The full curl walked right below us, and with a little sheep call, he stopped. 32 yards. Blake eased the trigger on his release and the arrow flew true. My rock steady tripod and HD video camera got it all. The light was fading, so we set up camp right at the sheep.
At first light, I woke up and saw 7 new rams bedded just over the ridge of the basin, only 100 yards from our tent. Some of them will be incredible trophies one day, and one of them with a coal black face will be a real beauty.
After a quick morning photo op and a laborious 10-hour pack, we made it to base camp. It’s always a pleasure to hunt with a client like Blake – he's helpful around camp, can hike like a guide and shoots very well, not to mention he's a class act guy.