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by Caleb Crawford
Califonia Wild Sheep - Spring 2013


HF-Calib-150Matt's emphatic, "Take him!" had hardly been uttered when toots exploded, launching the 130 grain Federal Triple Shock bullet steeply downward that smashed into the excellent Orocopia ram. In the blink of an eye, I was the happiest guy on the planet.

It all started back in June 2012. I'd received a letter from DFG congratulating me for being drawn for themdesert sheep hunt in the Orocopia Mountains. If I'd only known! I called Dad, "What's this all about?" And he started laughing. He had put in applications for both of us, never saying a word to me. Surprise! We talked for a moment, then Dad said he'd call Uncle Paul. Gazillion phone calls later we were hooked up with Cliff St. Martin and Dry Creek Outfitters. Cliff is
a lifelong friend of my Dad.

by Jack Dunn, III and Jacob Dunn
Califonia Wild Sheep - Spring 2013


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Having been raised by an avid hunter, I have taken much pleasure in passing on my passion (obsession) and
love for the outdoors to my two sons. Since they both are a few years behind in the maximum point categories
for each California big game animal, we carefully selected zones and units with the best random draw odds.

I carefully followed the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) website over the next few weeks,
anxiously awaiting the posting of the draw results.

Finally, the moment of truth had arrived. I anxiously checked my results and learned that I had drawn a Premium X Zone Deer Tag. A quick fist pump in celebration, and I proceeded to check each of my son's draw results. My older son had been dealt a four-of-a-kind "No" across the board. No worries. Nothing an over-the-counter A Zone tag wouldn't cure. Expecting my I6-year-old, Jacob, to have the same poker hand, I noticed a "Yes" in one category. I sat there in complete silence while starring at the computer screen in disbelief. Jacob - in his first year eligible to put in for a bighorn sheep - had just drawn one of the two Sheep Holes tags. I jumped up and ran to his room to share the great news. He must have thought I was crazy as I jumped up and down with excitement. He calmly said "Wow," with an ear-to-ear grin. I don't think he truly realized the magnitude of drawing one of the most coveted tags in North America, but then again, he's only I6.

by Bob Totah and Cliff St. Martin
California Wild Sheep - Summer 2012

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It was like a dream come true and lucky for me. My name is Bob Totah and I am a Police Officer in San Francisco. For the past seven years I have been applying for desert sheep, elk and antelope hunts here in California. I got drawn for desert bighorn sheep in 2011. I couldn't believe it, and I thought it must have been a mistake. I went online, which was tough for me, and I called Regina Abella from DFG and confirmed that I had been drawn. My girlfriend said that the smile on my face was the biggest she had ever seen. I immediately set out to find out about the area I would be hunting and trying to hire an outfitter since I did not know the area.

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TAG • ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME ADVENTURE
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME SHOT

by Britt-Marie Jacobson-Bogue
California Wild Sheep - Summer 2012

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Let us begin this story back in June 2011. I was with a girlfriend on a cruise to the Caribbean. We were on the ship “Oasis of the Sea,” one of the largest cruise ships inthe world. We had a wonderful time. When I returned home, my husband, Dan, handed me an envelope. It was from the California Department of Fish and Game. I opened the envelope and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. We have been applying in California for about 22 years. We have always said that our donations were going to a good cause, never really expecting to be drawn. Well, this year I was one of the lucky ones. I had been drawn for a California Bighorn Sheep Tag! We just couldn’t believe it!

A Mark Dickson Story written by Mindi Combs
California Wild Sheep - Summer 2012

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There’s a story told by Henry Old Coyote in the Bighorn Canyon’s National Recreation Area’s book about a father, or maybe a stepfather, seemingly possessed by evil spirits. This father attempts to kill his son while they are at a place called Hole-in-the-Wall in the Bighorns. The evil spirits make the man push his heir from a steep cliff, but the boy survives because he is caught by some trees growing in the canyon wall. The boy sits on a perch for days, and when nearly dead from hunger and exhaustion, seven bighorn sheep led by the chief of the bighorns, Big Metal (who is described as having horns and hooves of shiny steel) rescue the boy.

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