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Montana Unlimited Sheep by W e all have that one favorite animal to hunt, and, for better or worse, my preference has always been Bighorn sheep. As with most hunters who are addicted to the species, I apply religiously every year, hopeful that the last 2 decades of my life will someday be rewarded with a precious tag. The good news is that I am only 34 years old, and with a pile of points scattered across the West, I know that my day is coming. Robert Hanneman Hunting Consultant Head of Research I have lived in Montana since 1999, and I have been lucky enough to hunt the state’s Unlimited Bighorn sheep units since 2001. I first got excited about these areas after reading one of Duncan Gilchrist’s sheep hunting books. As I turned the final page I realized that Duncan only lived 30 minutes from my house. After getting up the courage to call him I asked if I could take him to lunch and talk about sheep hunting. For some reason Duncan really took a liking to me, and the very next year I was hunting in an Unlimited sheep unit with his personal maps and advice. From the very first step I took into those rugged and desolate mountains, I have been hooked. While I don’t know if it is the beautiful scenery, the freedom of solitude, or the deep sense of pride in accomplishing such an undertaking task, I continue to return. During my tenure in the “Unlimiteds,” I have witnessed rams being harvested and I have even passed on a couple of barely legal rams myself. Of course, on the years I was in the Unlimiteds with a goat hunter I would always find legal rams but had no sheep tag in my pocket. This year I have committed 2 weeks of my fall schedule to hunting one of the Unlimited Montana’s Unlimited Bighorn Sheep Harvest Table Year Location Date of Harvest Size of Ram Age of Ram Permits Issued Unit 300 – GallatinYellowstone 2008 Ramshorn Peak 2-Sep 32 2/8 x 15 2/8 5.5 42 2008 Bighorn Peak 9-Sep 29 5/8 x 14 4/8 4.5 42 2009 Ramshorn Peak 1-Sep 32 4/8 x 14 6/8 7.5 47 2009 Sheep Mountain 3-Sep 34 1/8 x 14 6/8 7.5 47 2010 Sheep Mountain 4-Sep No Data No Age 40 2011 Sheep Mountain 1-Sep 30 7/8 x 14 5/8 5.5 47 2011 Sheep Mountain 1-Sep 32 x 14 2/8 5.5 47 2011 Bighorn Peak 3-Sep 28 6/8 x 15 1/8 4.5 47 2012 Sheep Mountain 4-Sep 31 x 15 7.5 55 2013 Minor Creek 3-Sep 32 7/8 x 14 3/8 8.5 43 2008 Deckard Flats 15-Oct 22 7/8 x 12 2/8 2.5 48 2008 Laduke Springs 24-Oct 26 2/8 x 14 4/8 3.5 48 2008 Deckard Flats 26-Oct 31 6/8 x 14 4/8 6.5 48 2009 No Sheep Harvested 2010 Dome Mountain 30-Oct 24 2/8 x 13 4/8 2.5 28 2011 Deckard Flats 13-Oct 27 6/8 x 14 14 37 2012 Deckard Flats 16-Sep 28 4/8 x 13 7/8 5.5 29 2012 6 Mile Road 20-Sep 32 6/8 x 14 3/8 6.5 29 2013 Little Trail Creek 5-Oct 30 4/8 x 13 3/8 5.5 35 2013 Maiden Basin 8-Oct 40 x 15 2/8 8.5 35 2013 Dome Mountain 9-Oct 32 2/8 x 15 5.5 35 Unit 303 – South Absaroka 74 WWW.HUNTINFOOL.COM 31