Over the years killed two rams due to whites...one ram was blowing dodge if we didn't somehow settle him down.
Pawed around the boulders, acted like a another sheep and he laid down allowing a stalk to shooting distance. Worked like a charm.
Proud to be an American!
Yes.. they are worth it! Last year I was one of the band... walking within yards of rams. It was amazing! They didn't care about me one bit. Had a lamb walk within 2 feet of me. This allowed me to shoot my Ram. The day before however we discovered through accident that if you leave them hung up to dry on treking poles that the rams will come down out of the rocks and graze just uphill of hanging suits. That accounted for my partners ram at 300yards out the tent door.
Here's my take on Wearing Whites, tyvex, etc.
I would say less than 15 percent of sheephunters wear the whites, Like swapdonkey stated in an earlier post, he took them, he did not wear them, in fact I believe he left them at base camp....and killed a hog of a ram!!!......I don't believe Stid wore whites last season either...yet he was successful.
Case in point: Brett and I hunted last season and had to set up on a band of rams on the evening of the 9th, so at around 9pm we started our descent (wearing black pants and out supercub jackets), once we got to the plateau we wanted to get to we had to pass in front of another band of rams which contain many younger ones, they were bedded down like they were about to sleep, it was the only route to take and we were right in front of them, no more than 75 yards, yes they got up, but we walked with a purpose, and in turn they were more curious of us as we passed them we tried not to make eye contact and just walked casually, I was tempted to pull the camera out but figured taking the pack off would make alot of noise and they might feel threatened. we finally got to where we wanted to stage, and looked back and the rams just commenced to feeding and then bedded back down. ......to be honest, None of my sheephunting friends and aquaintences use whites and can account for many successful rams taken all over the State.
Why I never even bothered with whites, many years ago, I met the Late Cam Lancaster at a hunting expo and asked him about stalking tactics in pursuing sheep and goats.....and thats just what he said, "DON'T NEED THEM" he's said he's killed the biggest rams wearing flannel shirts and sometimes shorts and T-shirts.... as for tony, he's a bow hunter, like Fullkurl states you have to act like one at times....
Like I said in my earlier postI do not believe in soley relying in whites at all,and I have been hunting/guiding sheep for 15 years or so but I have had two occasions where I firmly believe they worked and with out them we would of been SOL and me I would rather have every tool available to me to help harvest a trophy. and by the way I do not wear any camo when hunting or guiding any species in alaska and have killed sheep in shorts...just my opinion
on a side note I believe Tony was also a guide not just a bowhunter
I killed a ram once because I had on whites while I was putting on a stalk. He got a quick site of me as I ran between a couple rocks, and I do believe he didn't bolt because he saw the white. But on two other sheep hunts I killed rams without using whites. I think they are good to have just "incase", but only because they are pretty lightweight. If you are flying in and will have a camp close by then why not? If you are hiking in a great distance every piece of weight adds up.
Wow such a definitive/authoritative answer. Seems like if anyone has a question regarding the subject one has to only ask kahahawai. Seems he has experienced all and knows all. With that being said I will attempt to add to the conversation and say that I have used whitesí successfully and if I hadnít no doubt I would have walked out of the mountains empty handed.