Sunday, November 23, 2014

Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Scouting Update 6

As the days roll closer to the Arizona general season Desert Sheep hunt, I am reminded how exciting this time of year is!  I have been getting emails from guys all across the state who have been out scouting.  Seems as the sheep are pretty spread out this year due to the great moisture we have had over the summer and fall.  Preparation is key to success on a sheep hunt but patience and a great attitude is probably the most important ingredient to a successful hunt.  If you haven't been able to scout as much as you would have liked remember that there is a reason that the hunt last all month.  Take your time and don't allow yourself to get burnt out or tired.  If you do simply take a day or two off and rest up.  Sheep hunts only happen once in your life so make sure to stay mentally tough at all times and don't settle for something that you are not happy with.  We have been scouting like crazy for the auction desert sheep hunt and have turned up many really nice rams.  We have yet to turn a ram that we believe scores over 185 inches so the search continues.  What a blessing it is to have bighorns to dream about!  Arizona has incredible sheep hunting and much of that is because of the AZGFD and the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society.  Take time to give thanks to these guys if you see them around and make sure to be a member of ADBSS even if you haven't drawn your once in a lifetime tag yet.  Below are some photos from the recent capture of desert bighorns from Unit 24B North which were transplanted to Unit 33 in the Catalinas.  With some added animals from 44B North the herd in Unit 33 should be on its way to sustaining itself.  The project has not been without hurdles but it would be fantastic if the Desert Bighorn could once again thrive just North of Tucson.  Make sure to find us on our Instagram accounts at @jayscottoutdoors and @darrcolburn.  Also get updates on our facebook page.  Check out the head butting video at the bottom of this post.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Scouting Update 5

Scouting for the AZ Auction Desert Sheep tag continues as the November weather finally cools down a bit.  We keep getting asked the question of "How is it going?"  We have found a handful of really good rams but none yet that are truly special in size and character for our hunter.  We were hoping to have found a giant ram before the general season starts in a couple of weeks but have not done so yet.  The search continues for a truly special ram.  We will continue to search and enjoy each day that comes our way.  Come find us on Instagram @darrcolburn and @jayscottoutdoors.  If you are scouting for your own upcoming sheep hunt we would encourage you to give it everything you got because it only happens once!  Make each day count!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Scouting Update 4

This post is long overdue.  Darr and I have been kind of grinding it out while scouting lately.  The rams seem to be really wandering right now and it has been hard keeping track of them.  They aren't spending too much time in one spot these days.  We have found some really nice rams.  If you are scouting for the upcoming general season it is important to cover as much country as possible.  Keep moving until you find sheep and then go find some more.  Remember that rams are very nomadic and just wander around seemingly with no purpose.  It can be very hard to keep track of a specific ram this time of year.  As our friend Craig Steele with ORG Hunt says, "keep grinding"

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