September 17, 2014

Brooks Range Dall Sheep

Dall Sheep Hunt in the Brooks Range

Brooks Range Dall SheepWE OPERATE THREE TROPHY DALL SHEEP CAMPS in the central Brooks Range. The first, which we have been hunting in for over 20 years, may be operated and contracted with my close friend, Veteran Guide Jeff Poor, whom I have worked with for close to 25 years. It is located 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle and this remote, extensive tent camp, with a spacious dining tent and comfortable sleeping tents, is situated on a high, pristine mountain lake. With the majestic Brooks Range before you, this is an incredibly challenging and rewarding hunt. Receiving significantly less hunting pressure than the Alaska Range, Chugach, Talkeetna or Wrangell Mountains, the Brooks Range offers tremendous opportunities for trophy Dall Sheep. The chances of encountering other hunting parties are low, unlike many other areas within the state.

TROPHY DALL SHEEP CAMPSThe elusive Dall Sheep is considered by many to be one of the ultimate big game trophies in North America. You’ll typically hunt out of base camp for four or five days then, if necessary, backpack to spike camps that are approximately a six hour hike from the base camp, though much of the time this is not necessary. Fortunately, by landing on this high mountain lake, which is where base camp is located, you are already in the sheep country and trophy rams are often spotted from camp and many fine trophies have been harvested within one and a half miles of Base Camp. As this tends to be a very physical hunt, you should be prepared to hike approximately 2,000 feet in vertical elevation a day while covering four to six miles on foot. Jeff also operates a more traditional, spike-camp, back-packing style Trophy Dall Sheep hunt approximately 25 miles East of the Base Camp area. Hunters should be prepared to hike 5 to 8 miles, while carrying approximately 60 pounds in a backpack, to their spike camp location, at which point they and their guide will set up the spike camp and go on day hunts from there. During a day hunt, from any camp, a hunters typical backpack weight between 25 to 30 pounds so it is typically only during the initial hike into a spike camp location and the hike back to the base camp location that hunters need to be prepared to carry heavier backpacks.

We generally see over 150 rams during the month of August and you can expect to stalk rams that are between 36″ and 40″ and we have generally been over 90% successful in harvesting trophy rams and providing hunters with the opportunities at trophy rams!

Dall SheepOur third Trophy Dall Sheep Camp is within my exclusive-use guide area in the Wind River region of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. My guides and I are the only guides legally allowed to hunt within this area that encompasses almost 1.5 million acres! This area also offers fantastic opportunities at trophy rams in the 36” to 40” range but this is a more traditional, backpack style sheep hunt and hunters must be prepared and able to carry at least a 60 pound back pack 5 to 10 miles, at which point you and your guide will set up your spike camp and go on day hunts out of that spike camp.

Brooks Range Dall Sheep HuntBy state regulation, and my own preference, you are required to harvest rams that have full curl horns or larger, are “broomed” on both sides or is at least eight years old. When hunting Dall Sheep, the most important factor is your physical condition. It is safer if you are in good shape and it can mean the difference between taking an average ram and an exceptional ram; it also makes the hunt more enjoyable and rewarding. Come join us for the ultimate challenge in trophy big game hunting!

Dall Sheep

Dall Sheep

In any of our Sheep Camps, hunters also have the option to hunt Arctic Grizzly and/or wolves (on a trophy fee basis) in conjunction with Trophy Dall Sheep but it must clearly be understood that these are, first and foremost,  trophy Dall sheep hunts and any additional animal(s) harvested are simply an added bonus to an already great hunt and should not necessarily be expected.

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