First off thank you all who have posted on the subject of sheep hunting. I've been lurking for years, but spending hours lately reading since I applied for 2 TMA & 1 DCUA tags in December. I'm feeling lucky so sorry in advance it I steal your permit. A short bio: 52 years old, grew-up in Anchorage, Worked for a FBO @ Lake Hood in high school, hunted primarily moose during the 30 years I lived there. Moved to "America" latitude 35 after one too many winters there. I return each Sept to hunt moose with my father. This past year I came to the sad realization that my father was done hunting...time for me to go out without him. I decided that if I was ever going to check sheep hunting off of the bucket list, it's better that I get started now. I applied for the permits, created a 8 month training program, bought Tony Russ's book, and started buying gear. If one of you get my tag that's ok too...I'll figure out something in GMU 11, 12, or the Brooks. I'll be hunting with a 2nd degree family member. I'd appreciate any wisdom you folks would share on my plan and/or gear...If I'm off in the broccoli please tell me.
Training: Jan 1st I started walking 4 miles a day, a fast walk. After a week I started packing 10# of weight, I'm currently up to 20#on my back for 5 miles every day...I additionally have another 5# on my feet if I add the Cabela's Alaskan Hunters I purchased (love the boots BTW). I am doing 50 sit-ups, and playing with my various weight machines for the first time in years. My plan is to add 5# to the pack every 2 weeks...by August I'll be packing over 70# on my daily 5 mile death march. Will be in Anchorage for 10 days in June as my bride is running the Mayor's Marathon...I'll be climbing the Anchorage hillside for practice then. I'm 6ft...was 220# Jan 1st, down to 213# in 3 weeks. My goal is 190# before the hunt.
Gear: You guys & gals thoughts have been a lot of help with gear...I've accumulated the following over the last 3 weeks:
Gun-After weighing my various rifles, I bought a new-old-stock Ruger 77 MKII Ultralight in 30-06 off of Gunbroker. This 6 pound gun will be topped with the 4x12 VX2 I just got back from Leupold. Ordered (cuz all they have here is Core-Lok's) Federal Premium 165 grain NP's. Came very close to buying a 300WSM rifle, but the recoil tables looked ugly for the 300wsm Ultralights...worse than my 300WBY. The -06 will be fine...heck I can't see over 300 yards anyway. My rebuilt shoulder will appriciate my choice.
Pack-Went through the internal vs. external frame thing. Decided on the internal and 2 pack trips out...I don't think I could pick-up a 120# load on a external anyway. I picked-up a slightly used 8000ci Dana Design Arcflex Astralplane for 200 bucks.
Boots-Cabela's Alaskan Hunters with the Lathrop & Son's footbed...haven't got a blister or hotspot yet!
Fleece-Cabela's Dimension/Wind Shear
Spotting scope-Picked up a Nikon Spotter XL II, brand stinkin' new, on eBay for $213...I felt lucky.
Tent-Big Agnes Copper Spur 2. I saw someones pictures here using Tyvek to protect the tent floor...what a good cheap idea.
Bag-Mountain Hardware UltraLamina 15 synthetic
That's what I've picked-up so far...here's what I could use help with:
Boxers...poly, thermax, a simple jock, or commando? I hate the dreaded monkey b u t t...it has been an issue on past mule deer hunts in the mountains.
Binoc's...do I really need these? I have the 60mm spotter, and a 4x12 Leupold on the rifle.
Stove-Jetboil SOL Titanium
Pizza...What's the best pizza joint in TOK?
Anyway...I'm getting pretty darn excited for this adventure...thanks again for the wonderful posts & advice...Mike