My brother was lucky enough to draw the new Metal Creek Sheep draw area in 14A for the early timeframe (10-25AUG). It is now up to me to make sure we are prepared for this hunt and do enough research to help make the hunt safe, enjoyable, and successful. I have done quite a bit of research already on this site to see if others have written of their experience in this area. After much research I still have some questions that I would appreciate some help with.
First of all—what is the best way to access this area? Plane vs. ATV—are ATVs even an option during that time of year.
Also—based on my map recons of the area I see that the Knik River Road goes in on the south side of the Knik River to almost directly across from this hunt area—is there anyway possible to get across the river at this point or is this totally unrealistic/stupid even to ask?
I read that there are some landing strips in the Friday Creek drainage—anyone with more information on where exactly these landing strips are—do they provide relatively easy access into the Metal Creek Hunt Area?
Are there places to land that are actually in the Metal Creek hunt area? This area extends to the east to include the Marcus Baker Glacier and Grasshopper Valley—any plane access sites in that area—and which part/drainages of this hunting area would offer a better chance at full curl sheep.
Recommendations on pilots that service the area? Both from Palmer and also from Anchorage (might work out better for my brother’s needs to fly from Anchorage).
As for safety/early pick up if needed—is there cell phone coverage in this area?
Anybody who has hunted this area before and would care to offer guidance please do so…
Please feel free to PM me if you don’t want to share your information with the rest of the forum audience.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.