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tim
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i am confused, why not use stoddard pack bridge? crosses the salmon right near the confluence of the middle fork and the main.

I just did a float on the middle fork and i also got my ram in big creek last year. The impassable canyon area is pretty rugged that is for sure.

also why couldn't you wait until permit season on the middle fork is over and fly into the flying b and float down?

tim

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The pack bridge is on the opposite side of the middle fork from my area so I would have to get across the middle fork somehow. Floating is a way to get in there but I have no experience or equipment to do that and from what I understand if an outfitter is floating me down for the purpose of hunting they have to have permission from the outfitter licensed for that area. Besides, when you float you are starting from the lowest point and climbing up out of the canyon to get to the sheep. If you get one, you then have to pack it all the way back down to the water. If I have horses they can help me get around and also pack out the meat once I get it to where they can go. The outfitter for that area does do float trips later in the season - for $12 grand!

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Sounds like you should have done your homework before you aplied for this tag,Ive never heard of a hunt that is damn difficult to do.

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I have a couple of possibilities for horses I am talking to. They are guys that have pack horses and would be willing to go in there to get their pack team ready for hunting seasons. Remoteness has its drawbacks and its benefits. Supposed to be some good rams in this unit and I don't expect a crowd. However you cut it it's gonna be an adventure and the hunt of a lifetime.

tim
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whether you are climbing from the bottom or coming in off of the top, you are in steep country that will be lots of work. There has to be some backcountry airstips within 8 miles of where you want to hunt.

good luck

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Hambone - how's your adventure going? Have you been in there yet? It's been a while since your last post. Getting on the ground may give you some sense of how important horses will be to your equation, or not.

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Jeff,

I went in there with a friend last weekend and it's gonna be tough even with horses. Very steep, very rocky and lots of deadfall. No way I could backpack hunt that area from the trailhead. I could get in, I could hunt it, but I could not get the meat out before it spoiled. It was 8 miles in just to get to the edge of my area and you need to go in a lot further due to all the human activity on the trails. We met 4-5 parties of people each day on the trails and camped on the lakes. Saw 0 game animals. Decided to pull out and drive around to the other end of the unit to see if it was feasible to cross the river and come in from that side. Not sure that's even possible due to all the rules on floating the river and permits etc. etc. Tough area with lots of obstacles to your hunt if you can't afford an outfitter.

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It sounds like you are at the place of major "GULP - What have I got myself into!!!???!!!" If you can't afford an outfitter - don't berate yourself - it would be a completely different experience anyway. If horses don't work out - fine. I'm not sure horses are an advantage anyway except for a `drop camp' scenario. Find out if you can fly into Soldier Bar (Salmon Air?, Stanley Air?, McCall Aviation). Soldier Bar is right across the MF from Waterfall Creek. If not - where ... [ snip ]. You have an impossible task ahead of you - that's why you should still do it.

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hmmm ... [ snip ] I posted some new pics from my hunt in 27-1 ... there are a lot of similarities with your area.

http://www.woodengineering.com/adventures/Unit_27-1_Early_Hunt.htm

STAY IN TOUCH!

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Here is a picture of the canyon I scouted last weekend. I was headed upstream to the first drainage on the left which you can see here. I thougt it might be easier to climb out of the canyon there - WRONG!

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