Steve asked me to share the sheep hunt story from my perspecetive this year, so here goes:
Winning the coin toss prior to kick off in a football game often ensues with a deferment to the second half when you hope to capitalize off momentum. However with Dall Sheep hunting, there is typically no second half. For most of us with families, commitments, or limited vacation; your initial excursion to the high mountain sheep trails often gives you your best realistic opportunity at success.
Steve and I had the Talkeetnas on the mind, the maps, and research as soon as we got back from doubling up in the Kenai Mountains in 2011. Summer scouting was going to reveal a lot for us…but then the boy needed to be born. With my son arriving at the end June, summer scouting opportunities were going to be limited. One opportunity to get after it on a long weekend proved a wearisome access trail was no good and ended in a blank stare at a 12 mile bushwhack. A new alternative route was found to be golden but time and weather prevented further exploration. A few ewes in the near vicinity hinted of better things further in.
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