Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:21 PM
Well I had 10 days to hang out in Hawaii and visit family, friends and fish and hunt. I arrived in Kona on the 29th and met up with my family and spent the first few days catching up with my parents and my aunt, it was a great. We ate tons of food and drank a dozen different kinds of local and micro brewed beverages. I latter received a call from a friend asking me if I wanted to go on a sheep hunt in the mountains and I gladly accepted the invitation. I woke up early and we met at 3 in the morning,I took some pictures of my friends pet goat, and then we piled into his truck to start heading up the mountain in hopes of some sheep. After an hour and a half of driving through some tight jungle and curvy roads we managed to spook up a wild bull(yes Hawaii has wild cattle) but he was gone before I could take a picture. We arrived to our hunting destination just past sun rise when we started on our hike. Within five minutes we spotted a heard of sheep and started our stalk. They new we where coming and they ran down the hill to get away from us. They then ran back up to gain higher ground at about 40 yards. I had my eye set on a large popoli (Hawaiian for a ram with no horns). I drew my bow set the 40 yard pin on the trotting ram just in front of the popoli waited half a second and let the arrow soar. It was a perfect shot except I was about a foot in front of the popoli ram. dog poop clean miss. We started to follow them up the hill when they stopped at about 100 yards from us and turned around to see what was going on they soon started to trot off. Two of us started to run up a draw to cut them off cause we figured they would keep climbing up the mountain and one of us stayed behind to try and distract them with some calling. We ran up and got ready for them to cross our path but it was too late we didn't have a shot. I decided to go right and see what was on the other side of the draw when I spoted the herd of sheep at 60 yards. I had a bunch of open space in between us so stalking was going to be tough. I have been practicing 3 or 4 times a week at the local archery range at 60 yards. Its the first shot I take everyday on a cold shoulder and I knew I could make it. I decided I was going to take the shot with the ram quartering away from me showing me his spine. I selected 2 blade Magnus 100 grain Stinger broadheads and I knew I would have sufficient penetration with these blades paired with my 60 pound compound bow. I drew my bow set my anchors and was completely relaxed I leveled the bow and set the 60 yard pin smack dab in the middle of the rams spine and 3/4's up his body. Took a deep breath and released. THWUACK! All I hear is Baaa baaaa baaaa and I watch my ram buck and click its heals like Charlie Chaplin and start running over the field of A'a (Hawaiian Lava that flows into jagged rocks). I thought Oh dog poop did I hit him hard enough? I sat and watched the heard run 50 yards over another draw, but my ram never made it up the other side. I sat and watched patiently for a few more minutes to make sure he hadn't run off somewhere else and they we decided to retrieve the arrow I found half of the arrow. The broad head looked like it had gone through some hard bone but it still had an edge but not much blood I looked inside of the shaft and noticed some really dark red inside the arrow which could only mean one thing. Right? So we continue to where I last saw the ram and sure enough, he was hit hard! He was dead but he just didn't know it yet so we dragged him out of the bushes and set him on some rocks and I slit his throat for the coupe de gras. AWESOME!!! My first ram and first archery big game kill I had a smile ear to ear. We took the pictures and deboned the meat and I hiked the meat back to the truck. This was just the beginning of the hunt.