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Dall Sheep Hunting - White Ghost Of The Mountains

June 2005 Feature Article:

Dall Sheep Hunting - White Ghost Of The Mountains

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Thank you for the article. I dream of going after Dall sheep. Soon, maybe in the next several years - I'll realize the dream.

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Someday.
If able to avoid being hunted. What is the life span of the Dall, in years? They mentioned a full curl being a 7 year old.

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fuzzy,
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.

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Climbing stairs are better than nothin' - but don't roll under your feet. Pick a steep slope and be sure you have the boots on you'll be hunting with.

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Stairs??? No buildings over 2 stories here on the island. Good thing we have plenty of Mts to practice on. Big smile 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.... Wink

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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?

Fabulous Goat!!!

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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.

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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.

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jeff

just book it and figure out how to pay for it after. lol

also are where are you guiding at and are you sheep guiding?

tim

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just say yes

... 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.

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