This is my first post here. I just got back a couple of weekends ago from a backpacking trip in the Wrangells, and after seeing tons of sheep on the trip, I've now got a major itch to get out and do some sheep hunting! I've been big into backpacking and hiking for a number of years, and am in very good shape overall, but I've never hunted big game in Alaska. It's too late in the season for me to realistically be ready for a sheep hunt this year, but my goal is to start learning and preparing now so that I'm good and ready by the time next season rolls around.
I've spent a number of hours perusing the ADFG website, looking at the regs, hunting areas, harvest statistics, etc. I've also purchased a couple of Tony Russ' books on sheep hunting.
I'm planning to get out for some scouting trips as soon as possible so I can get a feel for where sheep might typically be towards the tail end of the hunting season, but I'm somewhat at a loss as to where to start looking. I do have a 4x4 truck, but I dont have access to a boat, ATV, or airplane. However, I'm more than happy to hike like crazy to get away from roads or heavily hunted areas.
I feel like I'm rambling, but what it boils down to is that I'm looking for every available resource to help me plan my first hunt. Is there anywhere I can look that will provide me with information on where to find out what areas are most heavily hunted (i.e. where to avoid) and what areas might be good for sheep but see light hunting pressure? What should I be looking at other than the ADFG website? I'm not looking for anybody's secret honey hole, just some general info for helping me get started in the right direction.