September 24, 2019

2019 Report

Our 2019 Professional Guiding and Hunting Season has started very well! We had another very safe, successful and enjoyable Trophy Dall Sheep Season this past August. Between our three separate Dall Sheep Camps, 10 of our 12 hunters shot nice trophy Dall Sheep! A few of our rams went over 161” and our oldest ram harvested this year was aged by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game at 13 years old – a true old monarch of the mountains! The average horn length of all the rams this year was 36.4” and the average age was 9.6 years, with our longest ram being 39” and our oldest being 13 years.

Of the two hunters that did not harvest rams, one was foiled by low clouds on three separate occasions while making stalks on nice trophy rams – the weather was simply not in him and his guide’s favor – and he would like to return to finish his quest for a trophy Dall Sheep with us. The last hunter was very simply completely ill-prepared physically for the challenges and demands of a fair-chase, backpacking trophy Dall Sheep hunt and due to his poor physical condition was unable to get to the true sheep country.

We saw a lot of sheep this year including ewes and lambs and rams in all ages classes and we saw some very nice trophy rams that were not harvested and others that will be very nice trophies next season. Overall, our sheep population in all three of our areas looks very healthy and the prospects for next year are excellent!