They live from 8-12 years and most don't reach full curl until their 8th year in Alaska, 9-10 years in the Brooks range. Only the oldest rams participate in the rut and the breeding season is in late Nov to Dec so the old rams go into winter without any fat reserves.
I believe its the only big game animal in the US that isn't even legal until its 7-8 years old. I'll be hunting them in 9 weeks up by Tok so if I connect I'll post up a picture.
Stairs??? No buildings over 2 stories here on the island. Good thing we have plenty of Mts to practice on. Going to be a 15-17 mile hike in but not too bad as far as Mts go. A friend went to the same spot 2 years ago and he and his buddy both took rams on the third day.
Here's a pic of the Mt goat I took last fall here on the island. I'll post the story up in the Mt goat section. Starting to get the itch....
Couple questions, actually 3 ... 1) how do you communicate up there (e.g., call in for a pickup)? 2) can an out-of-stater hunt dall sheep without a guide? 3) did you use the monster bullet on the goat for the goat's sake - or for worry of the other creatures you see along the way?
I used a hand-held marine radio for the pick-up. The pilots monitor channel 16 which is the emergency channel. Its ok but you have to be able to see the plane before you can get contact. Sat phones work better but they aren't cheap to rent.
Non-residents need guides for Mt goat, Dall sheep, and griz/brown bears. Or if you are related to someone in the second degree of kindred (brother, father, father-in-law) you can hunt with them.
I use the 338 for my hunting here on the island. I bought a 300 wsm for the sheep hunt so I may use that for deer on the island now. Its nice to have the back up of the 338 when you hike by a 1200 lb brown with a deer strapped to your back though. Actually I shot that billy at 40 paces through both shoulders and the bullet never exited. About half of it was lodged against the hide on the far shoulder though. I don't think the 338 is too much gun for a big billy, its a little much for the blacktails, but like I said better safe than sorry.
I don't have unlimited resources to throw at my hunting passion - but I did get a satellite phone last year. I'm guiding this year down here in Idaho - so at least expenses are `business' expenses. I looked into renting v. purchasing, and in the end, purchasing is/was the way to go. Then you have a phone that you can PRE-PROGRAM, get familiar with, etc. I use it on all my travel (outdoor or civilization). Cell phones don't work in a lot of Idaho - so I use the sat phone instead of a cell phone. The big expense is in the phone itself - and then the monthly plan is like a cell phone plan. I can use my sat phone anywhere in the continental US as long as I can see the sky (clould, stars, or blue-bird). I don't know about Alaska service. I'm using Globalstar. The only bummers with a sat phone is that they are rather big (compared to cell), and they DON'T work indoors (if you're used to a cell phone). (But in an outdoor environment - which is where we started in this forum - indoors isn't an issue.)
Anyway ... some how some way I gotta get up there and hunt Dall sheep.
... yes, that's what I did with my mounts ... I figured in the time it would take to get them mounted - the dollars would come in - and they did. Dall sheep seems to have the year 2006 attached to it in my mind. And I'll put in for calif bighron southwest Idaho in 06 also.
Guiding: Unit 26 Nov rut / trophy mule deer ... for RP at horse mountain outfitters ... also, theoretically for rocky mountain bighorn, areas 26/27???, but so far the potential clients didn't draw - so we're waiting to see if the ones who did draw end up calling.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...