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    Default TMA sheep DS103...going back in..advice

    Hello All,
    After 18 years of applying, my wife and I drew DS103 on a party draw and booked a flight with 40 mile for Aug 26 back in Feb. We flew in for a 10'day hunt and landed up high, but only made it 5 days. Saw a few small Rams. Grandma was watching the kids and had a heck of a fall, mild concussion and black and blue face, so we had to come out early. Wife wasn't having much fun anyway and decided she doesn't want to be a sheep hunter anymore.

    I can't let my sheep hunt end this way and I will be going back without her and am looking for your secret TMA late season, easy hiking, sheep filled honey hole 🤐!!!!!! I was Looking at West Fork up by the glacier but sounds like a lot of the areas won't be holding hunters that late this season and open to suggestions. They won't be able to land me up high due to more than likely snow conditions, so it will have to be a lower river bank destination. Will be going in next Wednesday Sept 14th and coming out the 21st. Any suggestions, stories and pics of terrain would be appreciated. Thanks Josh

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    Wish I was in your shoes. Anyway, I would call the biologist for that area and talk with them. They will likely have off road vehicle access points, walk in access points, and maybe a good idea of what population of sheep within specific drainages. That's where I would start. I've hunted next door in the DCUA. Hope this helps.
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    The first area I went into, has a sheep or two harvested every year, but that is about all the info I received the first time I spoke with them. No recent count info. I am guessing the Robertson and West Fork have a few sheep taken each year as well due to the size, but you are right Mr Grayling. I should see if this late in the season would be better to hunt back by the glaciers or further out. I researched my first area with no success and now am trying to gather as much Intel on a new area in a short period of time. I will be flying in. Thanks, Josh

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    Good luck, if only you could spot and get a better look before landing. I figured the biologists would have more info and also the pilot or pilots. I hope you get one. I'm going the last weekend of the season to get my wife one in a harvest area. Hopefully the snow pushes them down.
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    Ask Leif about Hidden Valley, it is an awesome place.

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    PM sent.......
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    Sheep Hunter and Ramhunter, thanks for the suggestions. I will run them by Leif when I get up there. Hard part about the last minute second chances are not being able to talk to Leif much about areas since he is flying sheep, moose and caribou hunters around and I had to go back up to work for a week. I am packed from the first hunt so after I get home from the slope I got 8 hours to turn and burn up to Tok and go over locations. Thank you again for helping me with a last minute second chance.

    Josh

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    Hey Josh, send a PM if you want some details.

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    Late conclusion:short and sweet.
    I went back in the last week solo and got dropped off on the West Fork at about 6:30pm. Glassed mountains and saw no sheep. Started hiking down river glassing both sides till dark. Next morning broke camp, glassed up 5 bear no sheep. Started hiking down river for 3 miles. Found a group of 8 Rams. Brush crashed up and ran into a black bear going across a Boulder field. Got to the edge of a ravine and 3 of the Rams were below me, 5 directly across. Videod the Rams and sized them up. Most were at the 15/16 mark...low drop curls. A lot of these Rams had one side broke with the other sides still having their lamb tips not at the full curl mark. One big thick horn ram with both sides broke off at 3/4. For me he was just missing too much, definitely the dominate ram. I picked one definite full curl ram below me. Full curl on one side which was also split and broke and the other side was broke and almost full curl. I videoed him for 15 minutes trying to get the shot as he was walking up the other valley side at 150 yards, just as he stepped out of frame I pulled the trigger. Spent 2 days getting him and my gear off the mountain to a strip where I was picked up at 5pm. Got back to Tok and ate a pizza at Fast Eddies admiring all the moose racks in the parking lot before a long drive back to Palmer....my sheep horns riding shotgun. Good luck to all you DS102 / DS103 tag winners and don't give up. Good luck to everyone else on their 2017 hunts.
    -Josh
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    Not a monster 33", but still going on the wall.
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    Awesome, was wondering what your plans ended up being. Congrats, can't wait till August. What was his horn measurements?
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    Not a monster 33", but still going on the wall.

    I guess we were posting to the thread at the same time.
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    Short broke side was 32 1/4 and the other was 33 and some change. I can't remember the bases. When flying out back to Tok we went over all the mountains and man the sheep were still way up high. Lots of rams north east of the Robertson up in the valley tops, hidden a few days from season closing.
    Mr Grayling- did you and your wife go out for a late ram hunt?

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    Never made it back out. Wife ended up harvesting a caribou toward the end of September.
    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." John Muir

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