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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 27, 2011 Local hunter takes trophy of a lifetime near Lovell summer he got the news that he waited for all those years--the news that his name was drawn for one of only two tags issued to hunt for a Big Horn Sheep in the Devil's Canyon herd located north and east of Lovell, also known as area 17. Accompanied by his wife Ronda and brother Fred, Gamble headed out to area 17 four days early to scout for sheep. He was excited about hunting area 17 because it had only been opened to hunters for about four or five years. "We walked a lot over those four days and we saw lots of ewes and smaller rams, but spotted the big- gest rams in the valley near Porcupine Creek," said Gamble. The three set up camp fully expecting to be there for a full week. Intent on filling his tag with the big- gest trophy he could find, Gamble expected to come back to the area several times before finding that perfect ram. In fact, he planned to leave his camp set up in between visits to the area. When official hunting season opened he readied his 300 Winchester Mag- num rifle and began his trek back to the area where he and his scouting party had seen the biggest rams during their trek. COURTESY PHOTO Ryan Gamble of Basin harvested a magnificent full- curl ram out of the Devil's Canyon herd in area 17 on opening day of hunting season "It was really over- cast that morning and we couldn't see well at all," said Gamble. "I was ready to turn back and try anoth- er area, but my wife insist- ed we go back to where we saw those big rams." As the trio walked in the direction where they had seen the biggest rams, the fog began to lift and at that moment Gamble saw the huge, full curl ram that was much bigger than any they had seen during his scouting trek. "We hadn't seen this ram until opening day," said Gamble. "It took less than a second for me to de- cide that he was the one." So on opening day, Gamble raised his rifle and in one shot took what most hunters would agree was a trophy of a lifetime. "Just as we got up there, the ram using Boone and Crocket standards at 185 points and expects the ram to make the club's trophy book once it is officially scored. "It's very rare that we get something this big from this state," said Gamble, who noted that record- sized rams are very rare in the state of Wyoming. Since the ram had a Montana ear tag, Gam- ble was able to learn from Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife biologist Tom Easterly that it had been transplanted as a yearling from the Missouri Breaks in Montana to Wyoming in the year 2006. The Mis- souri Breaks is well known for producing very large troptiy rams. He was excited to take this magnificent trophy an- imal so close to home and has already made arrange- ments to have it mount- ed on a pedestal so it can viewed from all sides and easily moved around the room. Gamble and his wife Ronda are avid hunters and both enjoy hunting large game. He and his wife have hunted elk and ante- lope and Gamble hopes to harvest a moose or a goat someday. "This was the hunt of a lifetime," said Gamble, "and well worth 25 years of waiting." County library endowment challenge reaches another level The Big Horn County Library Foun- dation filed for another 3:1 match from the state this week, making four different matches the fund will have obtained. The foundation just recently met the $10,000 requirement for the last 3:1 match and are about halfway to the chal- lenge goal of $100,000 which expires in March 2013. Foundation President Carolyn Walton said, "People are so supportive; residents and former residents really stepped up to help us reach that 'goal. Their support is both encouraging and inspiring." Walton said the support reinforces how important libraries are in the communities in and around the Big Horn Basin. 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