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    Here are few from Turnagain Arm last weekend. The Dall's Sheep Rams were out in force. Most looked blue and draggin' ...not enough gals to go around I guess.

    I used a 100-200mm lens and monopod on the sheep, though at times I was within 30' of them. For the train I used a 28-135mm lens with an aperture setting of f16 to achieve the star pattern with the engine lights.

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    Outstanding!

    Did you have to hike far to get into the rams?

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    That day I shot mostly from the shoulder of the road(HWY). At one point I did hike about 400' up the hill following four rams. One of them had a huge full curl, but couldn't catch up in time to get any shots of him. They seem to come down low this time of the year. They were no doubt in the rut and looking for love.

    I did go back out there yesterday afternoon and they all had moved back up to the higher cliffs.
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    I think the head-banging is during November. That would sure be great if you could catch photos of that.

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    Unfortunately the "Head Bangin'" was happening the day before I showed up. Man, I sure wish I could have been there for that!

    Hey Mark, any idea where a fella could get close to Mt. Goats without a helicopter or having to hike forever? I see them regularly out Turnagain, but unfortunately I don't have a 10,000mm lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post
    ....Hey Mark, any idea where a fella could get close to Mt. Goats without a helicopter or having to hike forever? I see them regularly out Turnagain, but unfortunately I don't have a 10,000mm lens.
    I sure don't. Unlike sheep, I've never seen them up close.

    A couple of friends went on a goat hunt on Kodiak last month. They hunted the Pasagshak area. Both of them got goats. They only had to hike 2.5 miles off the road, and it was hiking, not hand-by-hand rock climbing.

    You might want to keep it in mind for the next time you're thinking about a trip to Kodiak (they also said the silvers were running in hordes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post
    Hey Mark, any idea where a fella could get close to Mt. Goats without a helicopter or having to hike forever? I see them regularly out Turnagain, but unfortunately I don't have a 10,000mm lens.
    The Eklutna Area... That and the mountains around juneua that are closed to hunting..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
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    Hey Mark, any idea where a fella could get close to Mt. Goats without a helicopter or having to hike forever? I see them regularly out Turnagain, but unfortunately I don't have a 10,000mm lens.
    The Eklutna Area... ..
    Whoops! The Monkey is right. Take the Eklutna Lake Trail to the end of the lake.

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    "The Eklutna Area ..."

    Great Idea! Thanks for sharing. I will check it out.
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    Tull, I have gotten a few shots of goats out at Eklutna. None of them are great but on one trip out there I counted 20 different goats.
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    EricL,
    How close were you able to get to them? Would a 400mm lens work? I can't imagine being able to make it out there this winter because of the snow(?).

    Next Summer for sure.

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    Hope Point seems to have goats every time I hike up there. I've also seen them off the Summit Creek trail, up in the mtns by the lake.

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    The rams along Turnagain arm are one of the great wildlife photography opportunities Alaska has to offer. I try to get down there every year, but haven't been able to this year. There are usually goats near Moose Pass at the Y this time of year. Should be visible from the highway. A short climb should get you within range, but I suspect they'll be a lot more skittish than the Turnagain rams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tull777 View Post
    EricL,
    How close were you able to get to them? Would a 400mm lens work? I can't imagine being able to make it out there this winter because of the snow(?).

    Next Summer for sure.

    Thanks for the info.
    I'd have to say the closest I got was about 300 yards. I didn't do any serious hiking as this was just from the trail. Those are some pretty serious cliffs back in there near the glacier. A 400mm would do OK, stick a T.C. on there and you might do a little better.
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    All great info ...Thanks alot. It is much appreciated. I cant wait to check it all out.
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    I've seen some pictures of goats from the kenai mountains... My buddy who hangs out at eklutna a lot says he's seen them all the way down at the lake after a ehavy snowfall. Good luck finding them!
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    That's really good to know! I will check them out, If and when it ever snows ...Eventually.

    Thank You.
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    Very nice shots of the sheep!! good stuff.

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    Glad you all like them.

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    I love those dark chugach horns!! Great pics!

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