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    So Ive had a bit of pm's asking me about my sheep hunt so although reluctant as I am about personal things I still decided would make a thread to share my hunt.. Lots have happened since the beginning of the season for me.. So a lot of you may know from another thread that my wife is expecting and we are having a little girl, well long story short, shortly before my hunt my wife started having some complications with her pregancy,so much so she was ordered to bedrest and was set up with an appt with a specialist that was a few days into sheep season. Well my wife knowing how important hunting was to me insisted i go on my hunt and I reluctantly agreed.. Well I went about my buisness and set off before the opener,got in to where I wanted and set up camp.. Found some sheep but nothing I was going to shoot as I figured I had plenty of time.. After the first day up there I called to check on my wife and found that she had to go to the store to get something for my kids and was now in pain... The deciscion was made in my mind and I bailed on my hunt even though my wife insisted I didnt have to. I decided the most important thing in my life was my family.. Well after a few appts and specialists it was decided that my wife was to have surgery,last week they did the surgery and my wife and unborn daughter did amazing.. I am happy to report to all here that I chat with mom and baby went to a follow up and doc says all is well and mom should have no trouble carrying our daughter till her expected delievery date..With only a few days left in my season I did go back out on a few day hunts and attempted an overnighter but the flooded rivers and horrific weather kind of squashed my plans..
    I still had a great hunt and got to spend some quality time with some sheep in thier home. I also got to spend some time with my brother in law and introduce him to the hunting world.. I showed him all the things its takes to plan a hunt to pull it off.. I taught him the things to watch for when sheep hunting to keep him safe and the importance of picking the better routes in the rocks and steep stuff, showed him how rotton the rocks can be and to be careful of where and what you use to support your hands and feet.. And the biggest thing I tried to instill in him is that harvesting is not the most important thing about hunting and to be respectful if and when he does harvest..One of the neatest things on the hunt was bro in law really likes goats and we happen to come across a beautiful billy and got within bow range so he was in heaven( a mountain hunter is born) He is hooked and will be taking his hunter education adn also learning to shoot a bow... I will help him put in for permits too.. All in all not too bad for a hunt that really never happened..

    I have to say a big thanks to some on here that really helped me with this hunt and although I did not harvest I am hopeful one of my kids or bro in law will draw this tag and the info will be put to good use..

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    thanks for taking the time to report. what a great way to introduce your B.I.L., certainly hope your wife continues to do well & who knows maybe you'll get another crack at it....no matter family comes first in my book too, spent all last fall with my dad down in Oregon as his health was failing too.

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    this was little bro favorite pic.... he is pretty proud of his lion king pose...


    this one i posted on another thread but him and a few friends entertained us during dinner...


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    Great report. I've had some very successful hunts without harvesting an animal. Thanks for all the advice you share with those of us trying to learn how to hunt sheep.
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    I know how bad you wanted to get a ram this time around Dave but I know you made the right decision and won't have any regrets over it. The rams will still be there next season and I am sure you will get another chance at them.

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    Bravo, sir! Best hunt report in awhile (and you barely hunted!) if you count the result.

    To heck with that ram. Now you've got not one but two girls in the family. That's worlds more important. Congrats for your difficult choice(s), well made.

    When I've been in a bind like that one (family at home vs. me hunting afield) I remember Cat Steven's song I think its Cats in the Cradle. It really illustrates with a story about how it is so important that Dad make the right decisions, since it affects (well, or badly) so many others in the family also as a result. You don't need to listen to that Bear; you're already there! Congrats again!

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    Every time someone feels like making a post like, "Why do people draw tags but never hunt them?," they should read this thread. Life throws us curves and I wish you and your wife the best. You will both be laughing about this one day. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.

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    Great story and great move Dave. God forbid something would've happened. You would have never forgiven yourself.

    So in Feb '99, my first child is due. I could not remember my last day off. I was worked to the bone and seriously looking forward to a pheasant hunt with my boy Dave. I wake up at 4am and get my stuff together for the day trip. Wife was up and feeling fine. Sends me on my way with my bagged lunch and my dad's Belgium Browning Sweet 16. I am an hour and a half away from home, pushing a corn field when the call comes, "I'm going into labor!!!" Picture two orange clad hunters and a black lab sprinting across a corn field, yelling back to the farmer(who was hunting with us), "we gotta go, Dan is having a baby!!!!!!!!" Wife later tells me she was having small contractions when I left but she didnt want to blow up my hunt. What a woman!!!! Left some New Jersey cornfield mud in the hospital hallways that day.

    Fast forward five years to my third child, second daughter, due to arrive the opening day of rifle season. This is a sacred day in PA. With two kids already, I am even more worked than before. And the two old timers that I took to Potter County every year were packed and ready to roll. Wife says I'm fine, go. I relunctantly roll to our camp which was a solid 5+ hour drive. By Monday afternoon, I was physically sick to my stomach and couldn't even enjoy the hunt. I blew out of there and rolled home. My old timer hunting partners stayed the week with a friend. Ellie was born that Saturday, so I would've been home by then but it was the right move.

    Moral of the story: we need to plan our shots better so kids are not arriving during hunting season!!!!

    Life does throw curve balls that serve to remind us that our obsession with chasing animals is not as serious as we sometimes make it out to be. It is damm fun though!!!

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    Great write Bear and congrats on a new member of the family. On a lighter note all hunts become memories and stories to tell. As we all know these stories grow and get better with time. Think how this story could develope by the time she's 14-15 and you get to tell how you came off the mountain, muddy, dirty, bleeding just in time to cut the cord with the buck knife. What teenage friends wont be impressed. I can hear the wife now "It did not happen that way"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa 5-0 View Post
    Great story and great move Dave. God forbid something would've happened. You would have never forgiven yourself.

    So in Feb '99, my first child is due. I could not remember my last day off. I was worked to the bone and seriously looking forward to a pheasant hunt with my boy Dave. I wake up at 4am and get my stuff together for the day trip. Wife was up and feeling fine. Sends me on my way with my bagged lunch and my dad's Belgium Browning Sweet 16. I am an hour and a half away from home, pushing a corn field when the call comes, "I'm going into labor!!!" Picture two orange clad hunters and a black lab sprinting across a corn field, yelling back to the farmer(who was hunting with us), "we gotta go, Dan is having a baby!!!!!!!!" Wife later tells me she was having small contractions when I left but she didnt want to blow up my hunt. What a woman!!!! Left some New Jersey cornfield mud in the hospital hallways that day.

    Fast forward five years to my third child, second daughter, due to arrive the opening day of rifle season. This is a sacred day in PA. With two kids already, I am even more worked than before. And the two old timers that I took to Potter County every year were packed and ready to roll. Wife says I'm fine, go. I relunctantly roll to our camp which was a solid 5+ hour drive. By Monday afternoon, I was physically sick to my stomach and couldn't even enjoy the hunt. I blew out of there and rolled home. My old timer hunting partners stayed the week with a friend. Ellie was born that Saturday, so I would've been home by then but it was the right move.

    Moral of the story: we need to plan our shots better so kids are not arriving during hunting season!!!!

    Life does throw curve balls that serve to remind us that our obsession with chasing animals is not as serious as we sometimes make it out to be. It is damm fun though!!!
    I just found out that my wife is expecting our fourth right in the middle of May. So for the 5th year in a row, there is something that will completely get in the way of spring bear hunting. I'm starting to think God doesn't want me to ever get a black bear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    I just found out that my wife is expecting our fourth right in the middle of May. So for the 5th year in a row, there is something that will completely get in the way of spring bear hunting. I'm starting to think God doesn't want me to ever get a black bear.
    LMAO!!!! That's an impressive string. Don't know what you've done to deserve that!! Maybe we can teach our sons to utilize the calendar more effectively than we do. Congrats on the incoming.

    God bless Ronald Reagan!!!!

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    Sounds like he did....4 times

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa 5-0 View Post
    LMAO!!!! That's an impressive string. Don't know what you've done to deserve that!! Maybe we can teach our sons to utilize the calendar more effectively than we do. Congrats on the incoming.

    God bless Ronald Reagan!!!!
    It's pretty ridiculous actually. The first year, my coworker had near kidney failure and was laid up in the hospital for 2 months and then was too weak to do field work so I had to take over all his field work. This was of course after I had set up the bait station, but I was slammed doing his field work. The next year my wife's friend was getting beaten by her husband so she and her kids came to stay with us in May-June. I did of course set up the bait station. The next year, we regained custody of our niece on May 9th, of course, after I had set up the bait station. All the custody battles and OCS meetings left no time to go hunt it. This year, we had planned a giant family vacation and the only time to go was, of course, mid-May. So this spring I just said screw it, I'm not even setting it up this year. I was going to go on a short spot and stalk hunt but the day we planned to go was pissing slush and rain from the sky so that didn't even happen. Now this cuts off next spring. Due date is May 10th so it perfectly disrupts the primo time for baiting. 5 years in a row, nailed by circumstances. If anyone is going bear hunting next spring, you can borrow my rifle. I wont be needing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    If anyone is going bear hunting next spring, you can borrow my rifle. I wont be needing it.


    Too funny, but sounds like you have some well fed bears that will keep coming back when you can get in there.

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    I learned a lot with the little bit of riding with you trying to find an entry route to the mountain. The biggest thing I learned is wear your seatbelt or you may head butt the roll cage. At least you got into the mountains for a little bit and the family is doing well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barber8605 View Post
    I learned a lot with the little bit of riding with you trying to find an entry route to the mountain. The biggest thing I learned is wear your seatbelt or you may head butt the roll cage. At least you got into the mountains for a little bit and the family is doing well.


    I know cause of you I now have a seatbelt rule in my ranger....LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    I just found out that my wife is expecting our fourth right in the middle of May. So for the 5th year in a row, there is something that will completely get in the way of spring bear hunting. I'm starting to think God doesn't want me to ever get a black bear.
    Highestview that is awesome news well except for the bear hunting, I am rather new to being a father and found that my kids are my greatest joy... congrats to you and your family!

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    Ahh great choice bro...no ram, bull, bear, or mountain is worth feeling helpless and distant when your family needs ya. there will always be rams on a mountain somewhere waitin on ya when timing is better.

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