Sometimes it's better to be lucky than to be good! I got lucky this year and drew the TMA sheep tag. With no hesitation I called 40 mile air and booked right away. Then I had to call and cancel my plans for the brooks range hunt I had planned. Normally I stay active enough during the summer hiking and fishing that I don't have to really train for a sheep hunt. Unfortunately, this year I had to spent the 6 weeks prior to the hunt in the armpit of the south FT Polk LA. So the only real hunting/training I got in was a few birds hunts. If you can keep up with Nitro all day you are either hard headed or in sheep shape. I tend to more on the hard head side.
I called my normal sheep hunting buddy Jed, even though he no longer lives in Alaska he said he would love to go with me. So he got the time off work and bought his plane tickets right away. Special thanks to Jed, not many people would do that! He's been on a few successful sheep hunt and got the bug and hunting in OK just can't compare. Here's a pic of my wife and Nitro getting me in shape and of Jed and I before the trip.