By J. J. Archuleta
After applying for over 35 years, I finally drew the coveted Area 5 Wyoming Bighorn Sheep permit. I previously had hunted twice (26 days total) for bighorns in British Columbia. I was weather out once and could not locate the required full-curl ram either time. John Porter of Morning Creek Outfitters
contacted me several years ago when he noticed I had close to the maximum points required in Wyoming. He was very informative, and he continued contacting me in the off-season to discuss sheep hunting in Wyoming. Sometime around 2006 or 2007, the state of Wyoming dropped the option of applying for a preference point along with the permit draw application. They started requiring purchase of preference points through the summer months after the regular draw. I missed one year and that dropped my chances even further. I finally drew in May of this year for the September hunt.
Although John and I had discussed long-range shooting at length, and although I had done some long-range study and shooting, I decided to forego the long-range hunting and go the traditional spot-and-stalk. No argument, John left the hunt method up to me, and he assigned me to be guided by Ryan Reommich. Ryan and I started communications in late July.....