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  1. #11
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    Re: Got the itch

    Well yesterday was Jan 1,2021 and I started my training for 2022. I am having issues trying to find alot of the sheep books that were mentioned in other threads does anyone know where the best place to find some of the local sheep books. In the coming weeks the search for some new hunting boots starts as in trying some on my question is I have wide feet what brands should I try first and what brands should I not waste my time with.

    Thanks again for all the responses so far.

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    Re: Got the itch

    Google worked for most of the books I have purchased, specifically Amazon and Ebay, but there are a couple of online bookstores as well as the Boone and Crockett website that have decent selections.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Got the itch

    Quote Originally Posted by dru88 View Post
    Well yesterday was Jan 1,2021 and I started my training for 2022. I am having issues trying to find alot of the sheep books that were mentioned in other threads does anyone know where the best place to find some of the local sheep books. In the coming weeks the search for some new hunting boots starts as in trying some on my question is I have wide feet what brands should I try first and what brands should I not waste my time with.

    Thanks again for all the responses so far.
    Try ABE books. Sheep books tend to be on the pricey side, especially some of the rarer copies so be prepared to pay up. I was able to find most of what I was looking for a couple years ago for less than $50 per book. ABE is a great resource for older/hard to find books.

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    Re: Got the itch

    I’m not a sheep hunter, but I am a reformed mountaineer and ice climber. I’ve spent a ton of time at higher altitudes in weather from summer to mid January. You want a GOOD mountain tent, sleeping bag and decent goretex gear. For boots, anything good for light to moderate mountaineering will serve you for all types of hunting. Scarpa is one brand I recall fitting wider feet. La Sportiva makes amazing boots, but typically run narrower.

    I might need to take up sheep hunting to lose the stubborn 15 lbs I need to ditch...
    If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat?

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    Re: Got the itch

    Quote Originally Posted by porthunter View Post
    Step 1... Join the Wild Sheep Society of BC

    Step 2... Pick up some sheep hunting books(some great threads on that here)

    Step 3... Get good optics, if you have the budget to get top quality stuff, do it. ALSO learn how to use them, most people don't understand what that means

    Step 4... Learn to understand what the legality requirements of all separate species/areas in BC are, you can never look over to many sheep to understand what is legal

    Step 5... Learn to be patient as ****, the sheep hunting game is not an easy one and there will be many of moments in which you question why you're doing it

    Killing a bighorn GOS in BC is commonly said to be tougher than killing a thinhorn GOS but I'm far from an expert

    PS. DONT SKIP STEP ONE; if you can afford a $65 sheep tag, you can afford a $50 membership(atleast)

    PSS. Jack O'Connor once said "There is no halfway. After his first exposure a man is either a sheep hunter or he isn't. He either falls under the spell of sheep hunting or he won't be caught dead on another sheep mountain" This quote is true for so many reasons

    PSSS. Theres another old saying in the sheep hunting community that goes something like "Your first ram is born the year you start sheep hunting" although not 100% accurate, it does say alot... especially when the average age of rams being taken is probably in that 7-8 year old realm if I had to guess
    How does being a member help one's hunting?

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    Re: Got the itch

    Stones seem far easier than GOS big horns.

    Most beginners who are successful early have been fortunate/smart enough to make friends with a more accomplished sheep hunter and get mentorship advice, including pointers on where to head into.

    My advice would be make more friends with sheep hunters first

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    Re: Got the itch

    Quote Originally Posted by twoSevenO View Post
    How does being a member help one's hunting?
    It is more about supporting an organization that dedicates their entire being to wild sheep conservation in BC among other ventures. As well as networking with countless individuals who are successful sheep hunters and biologists.

    Obviously it is not required to be successful by any means but it can be a good place to start.
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    Re: Got the itch

    Quote Originally Posted by whitlers View Post
    It is more about supporting an organization that dedicates their entire being to wild sheep conservation in BC among other ventures. As well as networking with countless individuals who are successful sheep hunters and biologists.

    Obviously it is not required to be successful by any means but it can be a good place to start.
    Bingo!

    Not to mention, I feel that if you intend to hunt/harvest a sheep, you should be doing something to support the conservation of the species. To many people just want to take and never feel the need to maybe give a bit back.
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    Re: Got the itch

    Quote Originally Posted by whitlers View Post
    It is more about supporting an organization that dedicates their entire being to wild sheep conservation in BC among other ventures. As well as networking with countless individuals who are successful sheep hunters and biologists.

    Obviously it is not required to be successful by any means but it can be a good place to start.
    Yeah, ok, so basically what I covered in ny second post. Which makes sense. If you surround yourself with successful hunters, you're bound to pick up some good tips.

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    Re: Got the itch

    Quote Originally Posted by dru88 View Post
    Well yesterday was Jan 1,2021 and I started my training for 2022. I am having issues trying to find alot of the sheep books that were mentioned in other threads does anyone know where the best place to find some of the local sheep books. In the coming weeks the search for some new hunting boots starts as in trying some on my question is I have wide feet what brands should I try first and what brands should I not waste my time with.

    Thanks again for all the responses so far.
    Try looking for books that are still in print there a lot cheaper and you can usually find them easier. Mountain Sheep and Man by Valerius Geist is a good one that is still in print. I also recommend getting Dream Rams of BC its on the pricier side but well worth it imo.

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