No negatives at all. My kid took her first ram (which was also her first animal) with my 6.5 CM.I’ve been shooting a 6.5 creedmoor. Any negatives to that or a reason I should switch to a .270?
I love this. Thank you. Seriously.There is nothing crazy about shotgunner wanting to get into sheep hunting. There are a lot of sheep hunters who don’t hunt any other big game. If you are only interested in sheep, then why should you hunt anything else?
You seem to question whether you should have some other big game hunting under your belt before you step onto the sheep mountains. I know that some other guys have recommended getting a deer or two before “stepping up” to the holy grail. I completely disagree.
Sheep hunting and most deer hunting have almost nothing in common. Readying yourself for a sheep hunt by hunting deer would be like hunting geese to prepare yourself for turkey hunting: other than using similar firearms to take animals that look somewhat similar, the hunts have almost nothing in common.
Sheep hunting is known as the toughest hunting, but the actual shooting of a sheep is far easier than deer or most other big game. So, in my estimation, sheep is a perfect first hunt for a guy who is prepared physically, and understands the physical effort that will be required.
A seasoned hunter has a huge advantage in the deer woods. In deer hunting your opportunity for a shot might come at any instant with little or no warning. You often have to shoot quickly at an animal that is aware of your presence and is in the process or escaping, or might bolt at any moment. Often there is no time to find a rifle rest or use a rangefinder, you have a second to shoot, or the opportunity is lost.
Sheep hunting is entirely different and perfectly suited to a newbie who is a decent shot, but will probably need more time to prepare for the actual shot. If you watch videos and read about sheep hunting you will notice that rushed shots are a rarity. The most common shot set up in sheep hunting looks something like this: sheep are spotted and evaluated from a distance, hunters take their time hiking in closer, approaching the rams from above, hunters stay concealed and move to a spot that allows them to take their time setting up the shot, range finder readings are taken, individual target animal is discussed as is shot placement, a backpack or other rest is placed so that the hunter can shoot from prone. Then all that is left to do is take your time and squeeze the trigger.
I have limited sheep hunting experience, but I have guided my daughter deer hunting, caribou hunting and sheep hunting. We have seen a lot of legal deer but she has never taken a shot. The shot opportunities have been too demanding for an 11 year old girl. Hesitate for a split second and the opportunity is gone.
Caribou was easier as they are constantly moving around, but they live in the open and usually provide multiple shot opportunities. She dropped her first animal, a caribou bull, with a single shot at 200 yards. She was shooting prone. Except for the fact that it was 20 degrees below zero and the caribou was on the move, the shot was easy once he paused to look in our direction.
We didn’t get an opportunity on sheep last year, but if we had I feel confident that it would have most likely been a shot that I could have taken the time to coach her through, and she would have made the shot.
There is no need to add extra hurdles between you and your dream hunt. Do your research, send in your deposit, train hard, shoot a lot from common sheep shooting positions, follow your outfitter’s advice to a tee, then go on the hunt and have fun.
Just do it!I love this. Thank you. Seriously.
Not crazy! Go…..For….it! Study, read, talk to guys who have sheep hunted. It will change your life.