I was supposed to leave today for Glenallen, overnight at the Caribou Hotel and fly in tomorrow for my sheep hunt but the weather is predicted to be terrible with dangerously high winds for flying, so we're postponed until Thursday. I'm home for one more day. I ran some errands for my missus and tidied up my garage and of course checked in here to see who posted what and to check for new photos.
I am hoping to break a 15 year old sheep hunting "Oh-fer" streak. I didn't sheep every single year for various reasons but my first sheep hunt was in 1992 and like most people it got into my blood. The next 5 attempts were "learning experiences" to say the least. I'm hoping this will be the year my long apprenticeship bears fruit. Not looking to get into the book...just a representative mature ram.
This year I refurbed some old gear and bought a few new items. My pack is packed and with the rifle strapped on comes in at 54.5 pounds. (including 16 pairs of socks) Not bad! My new Lowas are broken in, the rifle's zeroed, knives sharpened, gear checked and rechecked, truck's about 50 miles into a new oil change, and I even got a haircut.
I've finally allowed myself to get excited about this hunt!!!!
I'm prepared to stay until season's end. Copper Valley Air is flying us in. I've never used them before but they came highly recommended and so far they've been very professional so my confidence is high transportation won't be an issue.
Nightwolf and I are going into 13D near the Tazlina Glacier. I originally wanted to hunt this spot next year but Prop 158 changed my plans. In doing my follow-up research I learned from F&G the ram numbers there have really plummeted in recent years. But as it turns out the area is a good late season spot. It's a group of rough glacieated peaks--steep terrain, cliffs, hogbacks and high tight bowls...classic escape habitat.
The GMU-13 bio told me I would not see many rams--maybe a dozen--but the ones I did see would tend to be mature. "Be ready to hunt high and cover a lot of ground, and good glass is a must." Check...got it. I'm ready--I'm bringing the insteps and ice axe, an 8 and 'biners, and a 100ft 8mm rope (just in case). Sheep hunting is rarely if ever easy and we're ready to do the work. She also recommended we pick up moose tickets and be ready for bears.
Not to get ahead of myself but if I tag out early I'm definitely up for taking a bear if the opportunity arises.
Either way another trip to the mountains is always a good thing so C'monnnn weather!!
I will post pics and the story upon my return to swivelization.
For those hunting in the next week Good Luck and be safe!