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BigDaddyL
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Aug-09-17, 
01:54 PM (MST)
"Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

I leave this weekend to hopefully fill my once in a lifetime Rocky Mtn. Bighorn Ram tag at the Rio Grande Gorge.

Was curious if any of the other fortunate souls who drew this hunt this year was on here.

Also wondering if anyone has been around the gorge and seen any rams lately. I haven't been able to scout since the beginning of July.

I will definitely post up if successful. Wish me luck!

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: Rio Grande...  ixsolracxi      Aug-09-17   1 
 RE: Rio Grande...  cosmic_cowb...      Aug-09-17   2 
  RE: Rio Grande...  toklat      Aug-09-17   3 
  RE: Rio Grande...  joesikora      Aug-16-17   22 
 RE: Rio Grande...  cosmic_cowb...      Aug-09-17   4 
  RE: Rio Grande...  live4muleys      Aug-09-17   5 
   RE: Rio Grande...  cantgetdrawn      Aug-09-17   6 
    RE: Rio Grande...  cantgetdrawn      Aug-09-17   7 
     RE: Rio Grande...  NMPaul      Aug-09-17   8 
      RE: Rio Grande...  RioHuntNutt      Aug-10-17   9 
       RE: Rio Grande...  RioHuntNutt      Aug-10-17   10 
        RE: Rio Grande...  Ltsheets      Aug-10-17   11 
         RE: Rio Grande...  JRABQ      Aug-10-17   12 
          RE: Rio Grande...  Bowdeadly      Aug-10-17   13 
           RE: Rio Grande...  cosmic_cowb...      Aug-10-17   14 
            RE: Rio Grande...  mozey      Aug-10-17   15 
            RE: Rio Grande...  leftturnabq      Aug-10-17   16 
             RE: Rio Grande...  Bowdeadly      Aug-11-17   17 
        RE: Rio Grande...  NMhntr727      Aug-12-17   18 
       RE: Rio Grande...  joesikora      Aug-16-17   23 
 RE: Rio Grande...  NMhntr727      Aug-12-17   19 
  RE: Rio Grande...  264mag      Aug-12-17   20 
   RE: Rio Grande...  nmhntr      Aug-14-17   21 
    RE: Rio Grande...  live4muleys      Aug-16-17   24 
     RE: Rio Grande...  BigDaddyL      Aug-20-17   25 
      RE: Rio Grande...  Ltsheets      Aug-21-17   26 
      RE: Rio Grande...  toklat      Aug-21-17   27 
       RE: Rio Grande...  Ltsheets      Aug-21-17   28 
        RE: Rio Grande...  ixsolracxi      Aug-21-17   29 
        RE: Rio Grande...  BigDaddyL      Aug-21-17   30 
         RE: Rio Grande...  joesikora      Aug-21-17   31 
          RE: Rio Grande...  mozey      Aug-21-17   32 
           RE: Rio Grande...  Ltsheets      Aug-21-17   33 
 RE: Rio Grande...  twdjr      Aug-21-17   34 
  RE: Rio Grande...  Richard      Aug-22-17   35 
   RE: Rio Grande...  philthy      Aug-22-17   36 
    RE: Rio Grande...  NMPaul      Aug-24-17   37 
     RE: Rio Grande...  live4muleys      Aug-30-17   38 

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ixsolracxi
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Aug-09-17, 
03:21 PM (MST)
1. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Good luck on your hunt and be safe! Post pics!

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cosmic_cowboy
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Aug-09-17, 
03:49 PM (MST)
2. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

I responded on your thread on the sheep page.... Huge Ram taken out of the gorge. saw pics of it on FB... outfitter was GT Nunn (frontier outfitters) Don't know if they have pics on there site or not. Said potential new state record (archery) 190 don't know if score is correct but it is HUGE !
Jack

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toklat
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Aug-09-17, 
04:22 PM (MST)
3. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Big Daddy, go get a "Big Daddy"! Good luck. Not a question of if but how big!

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joesikora
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Aug-16-17, 
02:27 AM (MST)
22. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

OH I saw that one too. Nice ram

Joe

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think their right" - 2001
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cosmic_cowboy
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Aug-09-17, 
04:26 PM (MST)
4. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

There are pics on Frontier Outfitters FB page, hunter was Rick Smith
Don't seem to have the skill to post a pic here.... GL
Jack

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live4muleys
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Aug-09-17, 
06:11 PM (MST)
5. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Good luck man. Awesome tag to have. GT kills some monsters, him and Bill Lewellen are great sheep outfitters.

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Aug-09-17, 
06:43 PM (MST)
6. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"


There was a group spotted right off the highway. They posted pics on the facebook page New Mexico Avid Hunters. Hopefully that might add some motivation.

https://scontent.fsig1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20621786_2060251020869578_1269670264488385268_n.jpg?oh=b45533be803754ae7c686889c7dadd4f&oe=5A3969AA

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Aug-09-17, 
06:44 PM (MST)
7. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

https://scontent.fsig1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20638652_2060249430869737_5906352733982669061_n.jpg?oh=0855ecadf3ea513939352f02a7a5c717&oe=5A373BD9

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NMPaul
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Aug-09-17, 
09:15 PM (MST)
8. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Good luck. Cant wait to see your hunt photos.

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RioHuntNutt
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Aug-10-17, 
08:12 AM (MST)
9. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"


This is the mammoth ram killed this week , we scored the ram at 191 5/8, will be the new state record archery ram.This is Ricks 4th ram with a bow , he is a tremendous hunter and serious archer...

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RioHuntNutt
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Aug-10-17, 
08:15 AM (MST)
10. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"


Here is a side pic, but let me just say these pics DO NOT GIVE THIS RAM HIS DUE, this ram is mammoth huge and only another 7 year old ram.The Gorge has the best genes for monster rams in the 505..

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Ltsheets
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Aug-10-17, 
12:46 PM (MST)
11. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Good luck and WOW on that archery ram!!!!!!

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JRABQ
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Aug-10-17, 
02:24 PM (MST)
12. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Wow that is a monster ram! Good luck BigD.

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Bowdeadly
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Aug-10-17, 
05:11 PM (MST)
13. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

4th ram with a bow damn. Congrats. 45 years I'm still waiting to draw my 1st pinche tag.

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cosmic_cowboy
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Aug-10-17, 
05:20 PM (MST)
14. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Have a better chance of winning the power ball than drawing a BH tag in NM I gave up.... But when you see something like this... maybe I'll try again. Its also only 3 miles from my place.

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mozey
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Aug-10-17, 
06:02 PM (MST)
15. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Wow, wow, wow.

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Aug-10-17, 
09:12 PM (MST)
16. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

>Have a better chance of winning
>the power ball than drawing
>a BH tag in NM
>I gave up.... But when
>you see something like this...
>maybe I'll try again. Its
>also only 3 miles from
>my place.

Unless your name is rabbidrattlesnake...he drew the Wheeler tag on his first try, back when they only gave out 2 tags.

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Bowdeadly
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Aug-11-17, 
07:51 AM (MST)
17. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Well at least the odds are in our favor now as before they mostly went to out of stater's. Still it would be a miracle to draw it but I'm getting close. Next year is my turn.HaHa

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Aug-12-17, 
03:36 PM (MST)
18. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

>
>Here is a side pic, but
>let me just say these
>pics DO NOT GIVE THIS
>RAM HIS DUE, this ram
>is mammoth huge and only
>another 7 year old ram.The
>Gorge has the best genes
>for monster rams in the
>505..

Awesome!! Gorgeous Ram. Can't believe he is only 7 imagine if he was 8 or 9. Tank!

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joesikora
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Aug-16-17, 
02:28 AM (MST)
23. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Love it!

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think their right" - 2001
"I can't argue with honesty" - 2005
-Joe E Sikora

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NMhntr727
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Aug-12-17, 
09:23 PM (MST)
19. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Good luck! Enjoy the hunt and the experience. Remember it's not everyday u draw a once in lifetime bighorn sheep tag.

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264mag
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Aug-12-17, 
10:01 PM (MST)
20. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

MASSIVE !! Congrats and you did it with a bow.

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nmhntr
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Aug-14-17, 
03:38 PM (MST)
21. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

bigdaddyL,

Hope that you are having good luck on your hunt. Were you able to find a nice ram too?

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live4muleys
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Aug-16-17, 
08:22 AM (MST)
24. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Every time I see a new post on here, I click as fast as I can hoping it is BigDaddy posting up his harvest. Good luck man.

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BigDaddyL
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Aug-20-17, 
10:01 PM (MST)
25. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

LAST EDITED ON Aug-20-17 AT 10:09 PM (MST)

I was successful. However, I am having a horrible time getting a photo uploaded. I will keep trying.

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Ltsheets
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Aug-21-17, 
07:23 AM (MST)
26. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

If you still have my number, text the pic to me and I'll upload it. CONGRATS!

>LAST EDITED ON Aug-20-17
>AT 10:09 PM (MST)

>
>I was successful. However, I
>am having a horrible time
>getting a photo uploaded. I
>will keep trying.


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toklat
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Aug-21-17, 
08:26 AM (MST)
27. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Congrats Big D. Been anxiously awaiting your post as have the rest of the forum members. Knew it was just a matter of time and not IF you were going to be successful but when and what size. It is a great area and good sheep for sure. Hope the rattlers were the least of your issues.

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Ltsheets
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Aug-21-17, 
08:59 AM (MST)
28. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

https://flic.kr/p/WGMwuZ>https://flic.kr/p/WGMwuZ>IMG_4612 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/153160295@N06/>Logan Sheets, on Flickr

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ixsolracxi
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Aug-21-17, 
09:22 AM (MST)
29. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

BDL, congrats on a beautiful ram!!! Like others have mentioned I have been waiting for updates on this thread!!! Congrats again!

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Aug-21-17, 
09:30 AM (MST)
30. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

LAST EDITED ON Aug-21-17 AT 09:31 AM (MST)

Thanks for posting my pic Ltsheets.

My hunting story

We left for the Gorge and to say our travels were entertaining would be saying it nicely. We intended on getting up to the Gorge 1-2 days before the hunt in order to scout. After two blown RV tires on one of the RV's and the truck pulling the other RV having fuel pressure issues, we made it to camp the night before the hunt rather than 1-2 days before. Luckily, I had been in contact with another forum member (nmbighorn) and he was willing to do some scouting for me. So we weren't to far behind getting started. Opening morning we seen several sheep and a few rams. Had one in my crosshairs at 221 yards and decided to pass him up. He was probably 165-170" and was with another one who was significantly smaller. Later that evening I was able to get within 25-30 yards of another Ram and decided to pass him up as well. During this encounter I was 15-20 yards from some Does and kids as well. Was a really cool moment.

The next morning we set off to hopefully find something a little bigger. My friend and I are on the west side of the gorge and nmbighorn is on the east side glassing. we text and call back and forth. Again my friend and I are within 100 yards of a group with 2 rams and a bunch of Ewes and kids. We pass them up and move on up the gorge. Nmbighorn then says he sees a group of Rams and believe one may be around 185" with a broomed left horn. We move above where he is watching them and get within 80-90 yards. They are 80-90 yards down inside the Gorge on a 45-60 degree face covered with 8' trees. I couldn't see them so we moved 50 yards to the south in hopes of getting a look at them. We did for just a second, they were moving to the north now. So my friend and I move quickly about 125 yards to the north and get on a flat rock out cropping and look down. There I see 3 rams and then one stops broadside, slightly quartered downhill, and turns his head to the left. I see the broomed left horn and decide to take the shot. The 7mm Rem Mag cracks and echoes off the gorge walls. The Ram takes 2-3 hops forward then turns around and comes right back to where I shot him. He then does the death wobble and falls right where he was shot. The time was 8:10am. I call my wife and kids and they ride out to where we are. My friend, nmbighorn, myself, and my two oldest sons work on getting the Ram taken care of. First we had to rope him to a tree because about 20 yards away was a huge drop into the gorge. Then we took turns holding, we took turns cutting, and by 11:30am we had him caped, quartered, packed, and was heading back to the RV. My hunt was definitely one I will always remember, so much fun. As you can see, my Ram is not the 185" Ram, but he is beautiful and I am beyond happy. That's my hunting story and I hope many of you get the opportunity I just had.

I have a recommendation to any other though as well. If you can avoid shooting one in the gorge, do it. Unless you are in a lot better shape than me, LOL.

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joesikora
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Aug-21-17, 
10:12 AM (MST)
31. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Congrats Big D

Joe

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think their right" - 2001
"I can't argue with honesty" - 2005
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mozey
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Aug-21-17, 
11:20 AM (MST)
32. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

That's a beautiful end to an epic adventure, BigDaddyL. Much congrats to you.

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Ltsheets
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Aug-21-17, 
11:42 AM (MST)
33. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Hell of a story! I hope one day to be as lucky.

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Aug-21-17, 
06:49 PM (MST)
34. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Very nice ram, Congrats!

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Richard
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Aug-22-17, 
12:25 PM (MST)
35. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Great job!

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philthy
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Aug-22-17, 
07:27 PM (MST)
36. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Congrats on a beautiful ram and welcome to a very elite club!

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Aug-24-17, 
09:47 PM (MST)
37. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Just saw this. Did I understand correctly that is only a 7 year old ram?? Wow!!

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live4muleys
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Aug-30-17, 
12:18 PM (MST)
38. "RE: Rio Grande Gorge Bighorn"

Nicely done. Couldn't wait to see the results. Finally got a chance to send a congrats.

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