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Local hunter bags rare tag, gets a Big Horn

October 8, 2005

Drawing a California Big Horn Sheep tag is rare. In fact, the chances this year were about one in 200 for the West Deschutes Unit.

Hood River local Callum Brock, a seventh grader at Wy’east Middle School, drew a tag this season that many apply for their entire hunting careers and never get. The tag is so rare, in fact, that once a person draws it, they can never apply for it again.

So Callum and his father, Skip, took the trip out to Deschutes country last month to hunt the California Big Horn.

Hunting sheep generally takes a spot-and-stalk stratgegy in the rugged, grassy and often open terrain of the region.

They spotted a beautiful Big Horn.

“I was shaking I was so excited,” Skip said. “But Callum was calm. The shot was perfect. He hit it just behind the shoulder and it dropped the animal instantly.”

The two then quartered the 275-pound sheep in the field and packed it out, using a drift boat to get across the Deschutes River.

“It’s pretty tasty meat,” Skip said.

According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Big Horn Sheep is making a big comeback in Oregon since they were reintroduced in the mid-90s. Currently there are about 300 in the Deschutes area.

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