of 1992 I was talking on the phone with a friend of mine. He owns the
Records of Exotics Record Book and also runs a hunting and guiding business
I was telling him that I wanted to add as large a Black Hawaiian Sheep
as he could find and that I could afford. He told me that he'd be on the
look out and call me if he found a likely candidate. I waited and waited
and kept waiting. I was beginning to think he had forgotten about my request.
About two or three months crept by and I was about ready to to break down
and and call him back. But, my waiting was over as a couple of days later
my phone rang and it was my friend saying he had found a ram for me.
He proposed a special deal for the hunt. He said that he was looking to
make a hunting video to use in his booth at hunting shows. His deal was
that he would give me a special on the price of the ram if I would allow
him to film the hunt and use it at hunting shows. The price was right,
so a date was set and when the time came we were on the road to the Texas
hill country near Mt. Home, Texas.
We were to stay on a ranch called the Duderstadt. Unknown to me was that
the hunt was to take place on that same ranch. The next morning Thompson
showed up and we found out that we were hunting the same place we had
slept on last night.
The ranch is a mixture of deep sand roads, with deeper sand to drive thru
as we crisscrossed pastures thick with heavy cedar and occassional openings.
Filming, sometimes shakily, we moved through the acres of sand and cedar.
Finally as the day lengthened my wife Shirley was driving slowly through
the thicker areas and Thompson and I were in the pickup bed filming and
watching for the ram. Finally we spotted him in a dark green culdesac.
While the camera ran I eased up for a shot. My gun was my trusty old model
700 Remington, 30/06, loaded with Remington 180 grain soft point bullets
and a Weaver 3 - 9 scope on it. This old gun had taken many animals of
all types in the 30 plus years it had been with me. My guide said " take
it whenever your ready". So I took a deep breath ,let half out, and held
the rest as I slowly took up the slack in the trigger. At the shot the
ram bolted forward into a dense thicket. We waited with camera rolling
and all of a sudden the ram appeared again performing a backward fall
that would do justice to a stunt man. We all agreed that of all the animals
we had seen taken,over the years, this was the first time we'd seen that.
The rams horns were 32 3/8 X 32 2/8 long with close to 9 inch bases. After
scoring he went into the gold medal class for the record book. And we
got it all on film too!
by Steve Mahurin on April 23, 1999.