Well, so far I have not had luck with sheep hunting as I am 0-2 and have yet to be on sheep hunt where a legal ram has been harvested. Hunting, is hunting and the o-for streak doesn't bother me. What bothers me is that I don't feel like I am doing my part in regards to harvesting sheep. Right now, I am working on my pack weight to try and bring it down as much as I can. I have also been taking walks and working on lengthening my stride and developing a better more natural movement as I often find myself stumbling a lot when tired. I have also thought about switching to a two boot system where I could wear very lightweight hiking boots when moving through valleys and going up hills. In the past I have concentrated on cadiovascular fitness but I am seriously thinking that some leg workouts might also be more beneficial. Its not that I am in bad shape or that I struggle out on the slopes as I would consider myself in "average" sheep condition during season. The thing is though, the average sheep hunters only have average success. So this year I am trying to dedicate myself to better understanding sheep and being more prepared. I have read most of the local "Alaska" syle sheep hunting books in print around here so I am not totally clueless. The past two years I have been in the Brooks Range, one was a walk in the other was a fly in. (Jago/Hula Hula area) To be honest, it kind of hurts to shell out the money to fly in and not shoot a sheep. I felt like I was under pressure the whole time which distracted from the hunt. I am tentatively signed up to do the same hunt this year but am having second thoughts. Anyways, I hoping to get a few tips from the guys who have had success. What are the keys to success. I realize location, location, location is the biggest factor, but besides that what things can a guy do to help swing the odds a little in his favor? Do you guys prefer a base camp style hunt where you perhaps spike a night or to or do you use the moving camp technoque where you make a big slow loop of the area you are hunting with camp on your back?
I appreciate the help fellas.