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by Jeff Chin
California Wild Sheep - Fall 2014

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November 19, 2013, 1615 hours

"Clifford!," Joel whispered trying to get Cliff's attention. "Cliff!," he said again a little louder. And there, not more than 100 yards away, was a ram that had wandered over the ridge we were sitting on. Cliff quickly wheeled around and assessed the ram through his binoculars, then pointed his calloused finger at me and wiggled it toward him whispering, "You ... the gun ... come here!"

There was a slot between two large boulders that Cliff was looking through. As Joel and I tried to scramble as quietly as we could over the 30 feet of volcanic rock and shale, the ram wandered a little further away. When I finally arrived at Cliff's loca­tion, the ram looked up and stared at us for what seemed like an eternity. "Don't move," was all Cliff said. And I froze right where I was, behind him, hunched over, with most of my weight on one knee against a very uncomfortable rock. Finally, the ram relaxed a bit and I was instructed to get into position as fast and as quietly as I could because the ram was about to bolt.

by Bob Richert
Eastmans' Hunting Journal - November 2013

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High in California’s White Mountains, one hunter’s lifelong dream comes true.

My quest to draw all of the tough draw animals in California started well over a decade before. I had drawn two X-Zone mule deer tags and an elk tag in the past six years. I was gaining notoriety with my friends as someone who they didn't want to be friends with anymore. I figured someone had to draw them, so why not me. We'll call it a lucky streak, but for how long, no one knows.

After being at max points for antelope and sheep for ten years, I figured I would draw an antelope tag. I checked my draw results online and I couldn't believe what I was reading! I drew a desert bighorn tag in the Whites. I had to read it a couple more times. I thought it would be another decade or two before I caught lightning in a bottle.

by Kurt Lanning
The Huntin' Fool - September 2013


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Prior to talking to Tim Mercier in late May of 2012 I had been applying for different units for 11 years. Then, after his recommendation, I put in for one particular zone instead. When the draws were posted online I was ecstatic when I saw that I had drawn the tag. I called Tim immediately to book a 14-day hunt with him.

For a long 6 months I waited for the hunt date with numerous calls back and forth to Tim and his partner, Cliff St. Martin, of Dry Creek Outfitters. I had also drawn a unit 221/222 early elk hunt in Nevada, which was to take place in November. With these two hunts booked my fall hunting was going to make for a very exciting hunting season for my wife, Mary Margaret, and myself, with high expectations for both hunts.

by Kurt Lanning
Califonia Wild Sheep - Summer 2013


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The Clipper Mountains "Golden Hammer"
by Kurt Lanning

(From Califonia Wild Sheep - Summer 2013)

For a long six months I waited for the hunt date, with numerous calls back and forth to Tim Mercier and Cliff St. Martin of Dry Creek Outfitters. With their stories and more research my excitement intensified, making it even harder to be patient. I had also drawn a Unit 221/222 early elk hunt in Nevada which was to take place in November. With these two hunts booked, my fall hunting was going to make for a very exciting hunting season for my wife, Mary Margaret, and me, with high expectations for both hunts.

During my elk hunt in Nevada, I passed on 162 different bulls. Unfortunately, I also managed to injure my calf muscle, which apparently caused a deep vein thrombosis that led to a pulmonary embolus. Even though I exercise and stay in good physical condition, this caused me to come to a halt. Prior to a doctor's visit, I did not know why (all of a sudden) I was not able to get any air when exerting. Thinking it was maybe walking pneumonia (without a cough), I went to the doctor for antibiotics so I would be able to hike on the sheep hunt. Upon an ultrasound of my leg, they discovered a clot in that calf, which caused the pulmonary embolus. I was immediately put in the hospital for four days, not knowing if I was going to be able to go on my once-in-a-lifetime sheep hunt which was scheduled to take place in three weeks.

by Bob Richert
California Wild Sheep - Winter 2012

bob-rickert-articleMy quest to draw all of the tough draw animals in California started well over a decade before. I had drawn two X-Zone mule deer tags and an elk tag in the past six years. I was gaining notoriety with my friends as someone who they didn't want to be friends with anymore. I figured someone had to draw them, so why not me. We'll call it a lucky streak, but for how long, no one knows.

After being at max points for antelope and sheep for ten years, I figured I would draw an antelope tag. It was just a matter of time.

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