Re: Mailman\'s future ram spotted!
Those rams by Sunnyside are in the unit I'm currently applying for. That is the range creek/nine mile unit and it produces several book rams every year.
I am not personally hooked up with Karl on this hunt but a friend of mine will probably be the one he books with and I will tag along if he lets me. Karl is fairly skittish when it comes to being out in the open on hunts. One of my other friends ran across him on an elk hunt several years ago and he kind of hid and let his body guards do all the talking. I guess he doesn't like all the publicity when he's hunting. Can't blame the guy.
As far as the mulies go, yes there are some brutes out there. In fact, the Buck of Justice came off the plateau just east of where I shot my ram. There are lots of guys who hunt it and I have compared notes with them and they all seem to say that there aren't many deer out there but the ones that are there are huge and smart. They are so smart that they don't really even chase does too much. They just live out their old age up on the plateau away from everything.
Then of course, you have the Kaibab in Arizona just across the border from these sheep units and the deer migrate right over hwy 89 into Arizona. One night while driving to sheep camp at 4:00 am, I locked up my brakes on what I swear was a state record buck crossing the road. It crossed in front of me and just kept moving into Arizona. This thing was huge!! It had points all over, was over 35" wide, had cheaters, trash, mass, and a drops on both sides!
I really paid attention to the pics of bucks taken in that area since seeing him and to my knowledge, he is still out there probably living a completely nocturnal life among the super dense juniper forest on the border.
On Christmas of '06, I looked for my skid marks in the road where he crossed and they are still there about 8 miles out of Kanab.
If it's not far, it's boring.