Like many of you who hunt here in the US, over the years I've applied for many tags and have grown accustomed to rejections a couple of months later. One tag I've been trying to draw for the past five years was for New Mexico's Barbary sheep. When New Mexico released the results of their draw this past year I received an email that started with a rather unusual phrase - "Congratulations!" The area hunted was public land, BLM ground, near Roswell, NM. This was my first time ever to visit New Mexico, so I decided to go with guide Jesse Novak. Once we started hunting I was amazed by how many thorny things those sheep are able to eat and surprised at how tough hiking in that broken-rocky terrain proved to be. On day three everything came together and I connected on this 28" ram. It was 5 miles back to camp, with just the two of us to pack him out, I returned home very sore, but very happy. Sunrise day one As he lay, walking up on my ram A few more of the ram It was too many hours and miles in my truck, but so worth the memories and adventure.