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Old 09-19-2013   #1
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Sheep on the San Juan

Curious if anybody has seen/witnessed the bighorns rutting/males fighting along the river in the fall, specifically mid October to early November from Mexican hat down to clay hills.

Any previous experiences would be great.


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Old 09-19-2013   #2
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Oh boy.

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Old 09-19-2013   #3
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Brian- we saw over 75 sheep in July on that stretch, the most by triple at least I've ever seen down there. A friend of mine just got back from the upper stretch last weekend and said they had a fighting pair at Midway camp when they pulled up- they waited for a while in the boats, but eventually got out. The sheep never even acknowledged them- kept right on fighting and headbutting (with equipment ready apparently) all night long. A group of about 30 females and young ones stayed across the river.
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We just got off and did see a decent amount of them, but no fighting.
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Finally the buzz is back to sheep, JD?
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Old 09-20-2013   #6
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Where did you say those females were...?
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October Trips-
Sheep = Yes
Rutting = No
Oh, Well......
Don't Wanna Die Askin' for Another Chance
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August on the upper section, but no fighting.
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watched a great fight across the river from the Great Crinoid on an October trip a few years ago. 3 rams fighting over several ewes.

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