Spiekermeier, 15, claims trophy bighorn with bow
West Fargo resident John Spiekermeier has been applying for a North Dakota bighorn sheep hunting tag for the better part of two decades. So far, he has been unsuccessful in being awarded one of the state’s seven tags, of which there is a 1-in-3,000 chance of drawing one.
His 15-year-old son Brodey, on the other hand, was awarded a tag on his second try and ended up with a 228-pound, Pope and Young Club-caliber bighorn sheep on Saturday, Oct. 26, northwest of Killdeer.
Not only that, he was just the second person in almost 25 years to do so with a bow in North Dakota.
“Even the state biologist we were talking to said that he has seen a lot guys try to shoot one with a bow, and they would eventually give up and go with a rifle,” John said. “Brodey didn’t give up.”
The Sheyenne High School sophomore had planned from the beginning to attempt the hunt with a bow, even though several people told him his chances of bagging a sheep with a bow were slim.
“I just like that I have to get up close with a bow,” Brodey said. “It is so much more of a challenge, and it is way more fun.”
He did not let their words discourage him, and had his prize by the second day of the hunt.
The ram had a gross score of 164 inches, 24 inches above the minimum score for the Pope and Young Club.
Brodey and his hunting partners saw the bighorn the day before from roughly 130 yards away. When asked if he wanted to take it with a rifle, he refused. His patienced paid off the next day when he got within 15 yards of the bighorn and shot it in the lungs.
“It was a ridiculous feeling,” Brodey said. “There were a lot of high fives.”
Brodey is a dedicated archer, practicing year-round. According to shooting partner Ben Teets, he shoots roughly 20,000-25,000 arrows every year.
“We spent four hours a night shooting and practicing different scenarios,” Teets said. “This was a long time coming.”
Brodey hopes to one day hunt for a variety of big game, including moose and Alaskan Brown Bear, and there is little doubt amongst his friends and family that he will be prepared for those hunts.
“The biggest thing about the hunt was the preparation Brodey put in, because it really paid off,” John said. “He made the commitment that he wanted to take one with his bow right when he drew this tag, and he worked so hard with Ben. A lot of people discouraged him, but he didn’t let it bother him.”