Incredible Once in a Lifetime Oregon Sheep Hunt
You first find out you have drawn the coveted once in a lifetime Oregon Bighorn Sheep tag and then the pressure starts to sets in. I will only draw this once. On top of that, most people who put in for this hunt, will try their entire life and never get it. You realize how truly blessed you are and a little pressure starts to form. From that day on, and everyday leading up to your hunt a few more drops of pressure are added to your hunt’s bucket. Throw in a few sleepless nights caused by anxiety and excitement of your upcoming hunt. Then, you will know how it feels to own a once in a lifetime tag. What you do to get ready from that point on is up to you. You can start by getting in shape, making calls to biologists or past tag holders, getting pertinent maps, going to any offered meetings, reading any online stories or blogs you can find, shooting your rifle or bow, and going on site and scouting to not only find area with sheep but also to learn how to field judge a good one. Hopefully you will do all the above. Getting ready for, and remembering this treasured hunt is truly 90% of the experience. The hunt itself happens fast. I was honored to be asked to go and film this hunt with tag holder Jason Berg of Hotline Guide Service . He brought two close friends with him and myself making a perfect four man team. Jason had drawn a third season November hunt in a Central Oregon unit that on occasion produces some really quality rams. The plate was set, and from the moment Jason drew his tag, he did everything right! He went and practiced long range shooting until he not only knew his gun was driving tacks, but also that he was confident he could reach out and make a long shot if he had to. He trained and got himself in sheep shape, which isn’t hard for Jason, he keeps himself in good shape. He went to the meeting that the Oregon Foundation for North American Wild Sheep puts on every year for everyone who draws an Oregon Sheep or Mountain Goat tag. They do a great job bringing biologists, maps, taxidermists, vendors, and past tag holders to the meeting to show you where to hunt and to visit with you to help calm your nerves.