YoungWild is a compelling new series that breaks the mold; a story of how a young man’s battle with adversity leads to an intense passion for bow hunting and a surprising self-discovery. It’s a story about life. What makes the YoungWild journey unique is that each episode documents an animal Lincoln has never hunted before, giving viewers an opportunity to learn along side him. You can find what Lincoln is doing on his Facebook and Twitter.
It was late in the day. The sun occupied the lower western sky bringing out vibrant blues and greens in the storm clouds to the north. The team was hiking the perimeter atop a large mountain, at the base of which they had set up a spike camp two days earlier. The jagged boulders and steep terrain was challenging to this group of ‘flat-landers’ from Oklahoma, but once a young ram was spotted at the edge of a cliff in the distance, everyone suddenly forgot about how particularly brutal the day’s hike had been and became filled with excitement. It was a 4-year-old ram. Too young to shoot but it was the first time Lincoln had seen a sheep in the wild.
Everyone was careful not to spook him knowing there’s a good chance he’s not alone on that mountaintop. To the teams surprise the ram walked up within 20 yards before he got nervous and headed the other direction. Jim, Lincoln’s father, recalls this as one of the neatest moments of the trip. “Lincoln turned to me and said, Dad, if we don’t see another ram the rest of the trip this makes it all worth it.” Very few people in the world will ever get a chance to see a stone sheep in the wild. “Indeed it was a proud moment for all of us”, Jim said.
As they watched him walk away, sheep guide Chad Lenz suddenly tells everyone to get down. He had spotted a large ram about 200 yards out. The teams’ scent was blowing directly towards the ram, forcing them to make a quick decision to relocate, which meant losing sight of the ram.
The ram dipped down in a valley out of sight as the team traversed clockwise. The shifty winds from the storm system building overhead added tension. They struggled to regain a visual on the ram which was somewhere between them and the edge of the cliff about 500 yards out. Chad suddenly turns his face back at the team with eyes wide open and a series of hand signals. All 6 members of the team suddenly realized they are less than 10 yards away from the ram, bedded down in a patch of brush just below them. Lincoln is about to find himself staring straight into the eyes of this giant ram peaking over a ledge only 5 yards from the tip of his broadhead. The only problem is, he won’t have a shot on vital unless he can make it to his feet.
You won’t want to miss watching this incredible moment unfold in tonight’s episode of YoungWild at 9:30 Eastern on the Sportsman Channel.