After looking back at pictures and zooming in on them, I am pretty sure I let a few legal rams walk this year. Using my Nikon spotting scope at high power, I could easily see the rams facial features such as their eyes and nostrils, and I looked them over hard for 4 hours, but could not bring them to be full curl. I watched 11 rams while they laid in the afternoon sun, and as tempted as I was to make the 1000 foot decent down my side of the mountain and ascend 2000 feet up the other side to get above the rams, knowing that the rams were just "close" to full curl kept me from doing so and we headed off in search for other sheep. After 8 days in the mountains, and seeing these guys on day 4, my regret not to get a closer look is now getting to me.
My question is, looking through the spotter at a touch over a mile away and seeing that they are near full curl, but my gut telling me they aren't quite there, should I have gotten closer for a better look? My buddy brought a high quality camera and I was able to zoom way in on the rams with his pictures, and it does appear that two of the seven pictured would meet the full curl requirement. Especially after seeing some success photo's on here, the rams I passed were much larger than some that literally now have a cork in them. For my first sheep hunt though, I didn't want to come home with a sublegal ram and end up with a blotch on my clean record.
Questions aside, here are a few pictures from my hunt. Saw 6 grizzly, a couple hundred sheep, a couple hundred caribou (only 4 bulls) and 15 bull moose. A couple were mid 50's to low 60's, but most were like the guys pictured below. Any guesses as to the width on them? Put about 60 miles on the boots all said and done, and had a great time. My buddy did take the last small bull caribou that we saw, so we came home with a little meat at least.