Davis took a full-curl ram on the ninth day of his hunt. No sheep trophy ever comes easily, but Davis says that he faced an extra hurdle: a survey crew working in his hunting area. The crew was not authorized to work there, and their activities ran the sheep out of the area early in Davis' hunt. He had to wait several days for the game to return. Still, he was quick to note in a follow-up phone call that this survey crew was trespassing (apparently an honest mistake) and that none of this was the fault of Lancaster or his personal guide Logan Peasley. Davis rates the quality of the outfitting and guiding as excellent. Only the condition of the camp rated a "good."
Davis says that he hunted very hard for nine days. "We rode hard, hiked hard and climbed hard to find this ram with a dedicated crew in beautiful country that is not over-hunted," he says. "This was a very memorable hunt." He gives the guides high marks for their knowledge of the area and the hunting there and describes them as "very good guys." Davis reminds hunters to bring good binoculars and rain gear, and gives the all-in cost of the hunt as $30,660.
(Postscript: At press time we talked to Stan Lancaster about the problem with the survey crew during Davis' hunt. They were in the area looking for mineral deposits, apparently having been told by someone (Lancaster declined to name who) that there was no outfitter hunting that territory. According to Lan- caster, when confronted by his guide with the fact that he was guiding a paying client, the prospectors "did the right thing" and immediately pulled out of the area. Lancaster says that they had no problem with prospectors or surveyors during the 2009 season.