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    AOD members, it's been a pleasure sharing stories with you over the years but nothing compares to sharing the hunting experience with your own children. I took my daughter out for Dall sheep this year after she won a DS permit for the Chugach mountains. My good friend CtP also won the same permit so a plane was chartered and gear assembled. We choose to fly out later than the opening because we wanted to transistion into a Sept 1 mooose hunt in the Yanert and get a Bou.

    So Lily is 13 and a very good student in school earning a 3.8 GPA last year and swims all year with the club. She earned this trip along with the extra cash to recover with in Anchorage shopping post hunt. Funny thing was she kept calling me while I was trying to hunt wanting updates. Point being, I've got high expectations for her and prehunt that was the case. We practiced, trained, and discussed plenty about the challenges and joys that happen durring a sheep hunt. I'll put it this way, with good communication and preperation a child can endure and succeed in the mountains. As a parent you'll have to be patient and considerate, yet maintain the desire to suceed and endure. Thats what I was able to share with my daughter, setting a lofty goal, preparing, enduring, and suceeding. The pleasure I eperienced was not in the kill but in having her accomplish something special. Having hunting as an outlet for teaching her about life was the most amazing element of it all.

    We climbed, glassed, stalked, camped, bivyed, cooked, snacked, talked and finally when it was said and done we were just relaxing in a valley while CtP went light and fast up the hill behind us after some rams. Lily was snuggled up next to me warming and eating some dinner when about 600 yrds in front of us a group of 5 rams appeared at our valley elevation feeding on the tender greens. We had no idea that group was close by prior to our meal. So I put up the Swaro and immediatly identified a good target and ranged em. Needless-to-say the meal was suspended and the stalk was on. The day up to that moment had been long and hard. With roughly 4k in elevation, a few miles, and a few cliffs we were ready to bivy. Rams are where they are, and luck was being deployed in full force at the moment rest could wait. It wasn't super glamorous or ultra technical. We just eased through some boulders together ranging and waching really close the feeding of the rams. At 400 we ran out of cover and good prone rifle rests and nothing but loose small scree seperated us from the rams. Meanwhile Craig had eased off the hill and was behind enjoying the evening show of Lily and I easing in on a fine ram. I wanted Lily at 300 with her 25-06 but with the prone rest and the great shooting skill she had displayed prior to the hunt I had her set up. It was beautiful as she steadied and exhaled. I calmly said "ping it". All the while durring our practice I would emphsize accuracy vs. speed. Unrushed she laid out a beautiful double lung shot. The ram jumped and I feared it might have been a miss. Those that have seen a double lung know what I'm talking about. The animal and shooter sometimes just don't know what happened. Then within a few moments the truth was told as the ram buckled and rolled backwards into the same sweet greens that lured him into the lower reaches. I clamored over there quickly to ensure the ram was dead and CtP and Lily came over. The moment was so special for me I'm sure I babbled like a bafoon. Months and months of preperation came to a head. My daughter was now a real hunter and a ram hunter at that. We did the normal late night in headlamp extraction to our bivy site and then cared for the meat and cape.

    After all the chores were done CtP and I went out and took a beautiful 10 year old ram for him. Thats another story.........

    After Craigs ram hunt we returned to camp to find the horns gone! A bear had dragged them off. There is a good side to this. Two weeks later a group using the same strip found them and we should get them back. I kinda hope the face is chewed on just a little as the european mount will have some genuine character after a bear swiped her trophy. The actual fur cape was untouched and in excellent condition. The meat was also undesturbed. I have yet to see how bad the actual horns are as the pilot hasn't yet returned with that group.

    Take your kids hunting. I wasn't really a hunter until I passed on the culture to a child, even more, my own! Long live the hunt.IMG_1243.jpg

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    Wow! That's a great story - and incredible that the horns were found after being taken by a bear. Simply awesome! Thanks for sharing, sir, and thank you for taking the time and effort to introduce your daughter to hunting.

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    Thanks so much for sharing with your daughter and us,congrats.
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    Words to do it justice seem in short supply. So how about simply, AWESOME! Super happy for both you and Lily, and really glad she got her trophy back!

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    Incredibly Cool Story, and lots of good wisdom interspersed throughout,...

    Thanks for the posting, and Congrats to your girl,...

    Man, it's all downhill from there,...what a great thing to do with your daughter,...Awe Inspiring
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    Bighorse,

    Great post. Thank you for sharing and congratulations to your daughter. You are so right about sharing the experiences with you children. Everybody should enjoy them when they can.

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    Fantastic! Give your daughter a big congrats and enjoy the perma-grin that I'm sure you both have!
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    That's one skookum young lady. Congrats to you and her.
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    Great job, fantastic story. I know how you felt, completely gratifying and rewarding for a dad to experience.

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    Ya I recall one moment when we were pushing up a hill in the dark carrying the ram. I was talking out loud and saying stuff like "your not alone", "we're gonna make camp soon", "this is tough". Lily, stops and looks at me and says "I'm not complaining dad!" I said "I am." Then continued the march. Honestly I've hunted with grown men that have less mental fortitude.

    WhitePalm I too am glad a person didn't nab those horns. I'd love a photo of that bear running away from our camp hauling a whole ram head in his jaw. The eyes, jaw, and everything were still on it and thats likely why he took it. Just maybe he poped that lower jaw off as a curtesy. Grin!

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    As the father of two huntresses, that is an AWESOME hunt report!!!!

    Congrats to you and especially your daughter. A sheep hunt is a tough hunt for young hunters, good on her (and you!) for persevering!

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    Prior to this she had joined me on alpine Sitka hunts and this spring she had her own Brown Bear tag. We had a good stalk on a brownie this spring but it got foiled by another boat moving in on us while we waited in the shore rocks. Her deer hunts hadn't come together for one reason or another. Mainly that she wanted a nice buck really. So this was her first and when she walked up on it the first thing she said is "It's fat.". When she left the carcass it was respectfully left with a forget-me-not flower. The hunt had a beautiful rhythm.

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    As I read this my soon to be 5 year old little girl is running around with her head chopped off. She tells me she's going to be a hunter when she gets older. Time has gone by so fast already I don't want to rush it, but when that time comes I can only hope she is still interested. Congrat's to the both of you and a great story and ending. But I think your in trouble now, what's next... Goat!!!

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    She's all registered and ready to go for goat. Let the clouds part over a three day weekend and we'll be straping on the boots. Of course she will have to be caught up on all her homework and chores done first.

    She just happens to have a daddy that knows about goat hunting too.

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    Yeah, I know your always looking for that Big Billy, Now you have a good luck charm!! Good Hunting to you both.

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    Saw a picture of my buddy holding your horns today, he said any later the snow would have buried them!

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    I want to see that photo bad!! So would Lily. How were they? Tell your buddy Thanks for me. I hope they enjoyed the gifts I left them. I hope they got a ram but the weather hit hard.

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    Best sheep story of the year. Thanks for the smile!

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    Awesome deal!!! I am working on plans to put my oldest boy in the sheep hills next year as well. I will have him read this tonight after football practice and home work is done.

    Any chance the little lady would be interested in writing up a little something about her trip? It is always intriguing to hear these stories from their point of view.

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    Her English teacher waived her homework if she wrote up the whole hunt. She missed a week of school to do the trip. Her math teacher got her doing stuff too. So she has a complete write up done. I'll have her type it and post it.

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