This year I drew DS203, the walk-in hunt in the Delta Controlled Use Area. I would make my second attempt at a ram. The previous year my buddy and I had made our first attempt (we were both fairly new to AK) to get a ram in the Chugach Mountains on a walk-in hunt. Although went home empty, we certainly learned a lot of important and useful (bring a tripod for your spotting scope! duh!) things about sheep hunting.
After getting a lot of good input on this forum, as well as from talking to the area biologist and a former guide, we settled on hunting the Bradford drainage. The plan was to bike in as far as we could, each pulling a single wheel BOB cart that had been successful for us on a DC001 caribou hunt a few years prior, then walk it the rest of the way.
So we left Anchorage late on opening day minus two and got to the trailhead at about midnight. We got an early start on that next morning. The weather was just about perfect for the walk in, overcast, cool, with a slight breeze. It took us about 11 hrs total including stops to make it in the 15 miles or so we went. We plopped down the tent, ate some dinner, and already were seeing rams (10+) two drainages away as well as at least a dozen lambs and ewes on the rolling plateau.
On opening day we woke to good weather and headed off to the west to where we had seen the lambs and ewes the night before. We didn't think there would be any rams with them, but there were several smaller drainages that fell off the plateau that we thought would be worth checking. They weren't, and eventually by midday, we decided to make the down 1000', up 1000', and down 1000' hike to the Bradford where we could see several rams.
By evening, we were up 600' on the far side of the creek, watching several near full curl rams feeding below us. As it got later and knowing we had a long march back to the tent, we judged one to be a FC and decided to try and take him. As he was feeding up the hill, I slowly tried to close the distance between where I was and where he was headed by sidehilling slightly downhill and making the most out of the scree shoots for cover.