OK, I'm going to add yet another Brooks Range sheep hunting thread. I met LuJon in Iraq last year where we mentally escaped the heat and sand by talking sheep hunting. So when I was looking for someone to head up to the Brooks with this season, I was stoked when he signed on.
We met up in Fairbanks on the 11th, I piled my gear in his truck and we drove to Wright Air. After paying the requisite large sums of money and weighing our gear, we were airborne at precisely 8:30 am. No weather delays here. The flight up was beautiful, and we spotted a few herds of caribou.
After arriving in our drainage and watching the Helio take off, we took a moment to take in our surroundings and find a suitable area for a base camp.Helio taking off.jpg With base camp set up, to include LuJon's Hilleberg, we decided to take a look around our drainage to see if we could locate any rams. We started up our drainage toward a mountain we dubbed "Mt Doom" as it looked like something from Lord of the Rings.
On our way toward Mt. Doom, we came across another tent...shoot, not alone. We also spotted our first ram, way across the drainage. Since it was too far to judge legality and it was directly above the other camp, we moved on. As we neared Mt. Doom, we noticed two rams on the face, one with dark horns and one with light horns. We watched them butt heads and disappear and reappear among the crags for awhile. We judged them as 7/8th curls, and since we couldn't shoot them anyway due to "no same day airborne" we headed back to base camp and turned in.