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5/17/2015
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The 2015 BHS Count Signup Sheet is attached to this post. If you have ever thought about participating in the Bighorn Sheep Count this is your chance!








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5/18/2015
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Thanks for posting. On my calendar. 90% sure I can participate this year for the first time.
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5/19/2015
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Would be great if you could make this year Buford, at least to give it a try...! Go the meeting and you can decide if it is for you or not.

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5/21/2015
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Incredible creatures they are. I'll mark this post as the time nears. I have my schedule pretty full during the summer. Good luck counting and hope numbers are holding or better up If I can't go this year.
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5/21/2015
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For any potential counters, if this will be your first year counting the June 20th meeting is mandatory. It is a great meeting and returning counters pretty much always go every year also. I won't be at the meeting this year though as I am planning a Sierras bcackpack trip that week so hopefully I will have a chance to meet any of you on the count dispersal date. Thanks for your counting support..!! Applause

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6/1/2015
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Thinking about this year, I'm already planning a mid-June trip to Big / Middle Spr. area as a test run of my summer heat tolerance. I know you guys lug in all your water into Rattlesnake ahead of time in the spring. What about tarps? Are they something you need to provide or does the park provide those?

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6/2/2015
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Thinking about this year, I'm already planning a mid-June trip to Big / Middle Spr. area as a test run of my summer heat tolerance. I know you guys lug in all your water into Rattlesnake ahead of time in the spring. What about tarps? Are they something you need to provide or does the park provide those?
Rattlesnake is the only place that requires us to cache water, all other count sites you bring it in each day you go or there is water available to filter. The park does not provide tarps or shade shelters, counters typically will divide count site needs among themselves. The pre count meeting is essential for questions like this.

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6/3/2015
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I signed up. Looking forward to June 20th and the 4th of July weekend.
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6/4/2015
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Buford wrote:
I signed up. Looking forward to June 20th and the 4th of July weekend.
Applause Hope to see you out there!

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6/28/2015
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Going back to Yaqui Pass this year. Saw none there last year, but who knows maybe we missed them by a day.
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6/28/2015
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DesertWRX wrote:
Going back to Yaqui Pass this year. Saw none there last year, but who knows maybe we missed them by a day.
You never know..last year was not so good for almost everyone if I remember correct....maybe I will see you at the pickup on Thursday.....glad you are going back out again this year....wasn't Yaqui Pass a new count site last year (or at least one that has not been used in awhile)??

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6/28/2015
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I was actually getting my pack ready just now, have it pretty much done except water and food. Same waist pack as last least year, should be under 20lbs total after I add water/food. Last year it was 18lbs (pretty sure...) Not bad for 3-1/2 days.

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6/29/2015
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I got assigned to head up Palm Canyon with a group. Looking forward to it. I saw our site hasn't been counted every year. I also looked at previous counts and thought it was interesting how some years a site has 0 and the next year that site might have 15.


It will be weird to backpack and not worry about cold temps at night.
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6/29/2015
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Buford wrote:
I got assigned to head up Palm Canyon with a group. Looking forward to it. I saw our site hasn't been counted every year. I also looked at previous counts and thought it was interesting how some years a site has 0 and the next year that site might have 15.


It will be weird to backpack and not worry about cold temps at night.
Where did you get assigned, 4th grove? Usually they don't have enough backpackers to count each grove. Yeah, I sleep in a nylon bivy with a mesh screen for the bugs, that's it....1lb for sleep gear plus the pad.

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6/30/2015
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They actually had enough backpackers this year from what I heard. Some people who volunteered for backpacking were not getting backpacking assignments. At least that is what I thought I heard.

I got assigned 2nd grove.
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7/6/2015
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Hey Buford, did you go? I was at the maint yard until about 4pm...if you made it out, how was the count? I will post up pics and a TR from our site in the next couple of days.

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7/6/2015
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Attached to this post is the final 2015 count report, I will post up some pics in the next few days.

Thank you to anyone who participated in this years count, the flies and bees were awful for everyone I am hearing.



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7/6/2015
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dsefcik wrote:
Hey Buford, did you go? I was at the maint yard until about 4pm...if you made it out, how was the count? I will post up pics and a TR from our site in the next couple of days.


I participated. Some things were very different than anticipated. We never saw any sheep go down to the water at our site. We did see a couple sheep high on the ridgines around us. I'll post a mini report later.
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