Results 1 to 15 of 15

Thread: Anyone hunt sheep out of the old Wood River Lodge?

  1. #1
    Member Montana Native's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Palmer
    Posts
    177

    Default Anyone hunt sheep out of the old Wood River Lodge?

    Just putting some feelers out there... I hear it has good ram density, but many lack full curl (most have never seen a full curl ram and most carry really deep swings on the curl so I guess a few of them could go full.) A friend's ram was 12 yrs old and still didn't go full. They have to be eight or full, so if I elect to go, I'll surely take good glass. Any thoughts/comments?
    Respect what you do not own but are privleged to enjoy, Mother Earth thanks you...

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    40

    Default

    I realize this will be no help but the mention of Wood River Lodge got my attention. I hunted with Lynn Castle in the mid seventies out of what was at that time his lodge. As a matter of fact, I hunted with him several times. The rams were some of the best in those days. Mine was well over full curl. But again, that was a long time ago.

    I have often wondered what ever happen to the lodge and that area.

  3. #3
    Member AK-HUNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Valley
    Posts
    1,029

    Default yes

    Any strip that length now adays will have LOTS of other competition. That is definitely the case. I wouldn't do it for that reason, personally. LOTS of people there in and out every day dropping hunters. Its a joke.

  4. #4

    Default

    I was there in 05. At that time the logde was closed. We hiked for five miles then spent four days hunting sheep. The lodge has once agained opened for eco-tourism. The caretakers when I was there had worked for the previous owners when they first opened for eco-tourism. She had stories about the double standards of the eco-touriests. According to her, the tourist would protest, and interfer with the hunters. The hunting during our trip was hinded by the extreme heat (80 degress everyday), and the smoke from fires. We did see sheep but no full curls. As for the landing strip it was being washed out by the ever changing flow. Charle who used to work for Lynn, did find the dyamite Lynn used for river current control. Anyway, someday I hope to return.

    GaryD

  5. #5

    Default

    I had a friend that hunted there a cople of years ago and he told me the place was infested with guides, horses and hunters. He had to go a looooooong way to get his ram and he won't be going back.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    40

    Default

    What a shame. Such a pristine area to have degraded as you fellows described. Lynn must be rolling over....

  7. #7
    Member Jason in Anchorage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    back from Afghanistan!
    Posts
    287

    Default lodge status

    word was a gentlemen outta fairbanks bought the lodge last year and it will be up and running with ecotourists this summer/fall. That strip is a zoo...MANY guides, horses, etc...
    Psalm 18:34
    He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

  8. #8
    New member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    1

    Default '89 and '91

    Hunted with Lynn both seasons out of Wood River Lodge. He was married to Penny then. Great place to hunt (then). I guess that was about in the last of the golden era of that place. Hunted the first season for a ram in the Wood River drainage, and got a 36 inch full curl (guide was Keith Rambis). In '91 I went over to the Yanert Glacier and below it got a 39 and 1/2 inch argali-flared ram (well over full-curl), then a near-book caribou. Saw nine grizzlies and a huge moose, along with several smaller bulls. Didn't score on moose or griz. Guide was Randy Schmoker. Real fun experiences on both hunts. Sad to hear things have gone downhill there. Randy said the new highway would ruin the place, and maybe he was right. The guides overall seemed to really believe in a drainage named Quartz Creek, for all species. Also the Yanert Glacier always had big rams, and was tough to hunt. No idea if any of it is any good now (2011). Anyway, Lynn died in a crash in early 90's.

  9. #9
    Member AKDoug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Talkeetna
    Posts
    5,714

    Default

    Which new highway? The Parks Highway was 16 years old by 1991. The highway honestly has nothing to do with the problems in that area. It's always been a relatively short flight from Fairbanks, and even shorter from Cantwell.
    Bunny Boots and Bearcats: Utility Sled Mayhem

  10. #10
    Member fullkurl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Alaska/Idaho
    Posts
    2,162

    Default

    Well, if you are going to make a 'first post' here at this forum, you may want to read the rules...(I'm not linking them.)
    Negatively using someone's name in a posting is not allowed. He or she has no way of defending themselves against such attacks unless they frequent here.

    Surely you can find something positive to add to this great forum...
    Proud to be an American!

  11. #11
    Member Akgramps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Last civilized place on the planet
    Posts
    2,080

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by fullkurl View Post
    Well, if you are going to make a 'first post' here at this forum, you may want to read the rules...(I'm not linking them.)
    Negatively using someone's name in a posting is not allowed. He or she has no way of defending themselves against such attacks unless they frequent here.

    Surely you can find something positive to add to this great forum...
    If you are refering to the post by John M, I have read his post several times looking for something negative about someone mentioned in the post, and fail to see it, what am I missing?
    And I didnt find the post negative in general? Can you offer some clarification?
    Thanks
    “Nothing worth doing is easy”
    TR

  12. #12

    Default Removed

    Quote Originally Posted by Akgramps View Post
    If you are refering to the post by John M, I have read his post several times looking for something negative about someone mentioned in the post, and fail to see it, what am I missing?
    And I didnt find the post negative in general? Can you offer some clarification?
    Thanks
    Akgramps, the post has been removed by moderators.

  13. #13
    Member Akgramps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Last civilized place on the planet
    Posts
    2,080

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Russp17 View Post
    Akgramps, the post has been removed by moderators.
    Thanks Russ, That makes sense now.................!
    “Nothing worth doing is easy”
    TR

  14. #14
    Member fullkurl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Alaska/Idaho
    Posts
    2,162

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Akgramps View Post
    If you are refering to the post by John M, I have read his post several times looking for something negative about someone mentioned in the post, and fail to see it, what am I missing?
    And I didnt find the post negative in general? Can you offer some clarification?
    Thanks
    Yes, Akgramps, what Russ said.
    Proud to be an American!

  15. #15
    New member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    1

    Default

    They must be refering to a post I put up, I understand about not posting about people who can't defend themselves, but castle's been dead for almost 20 years.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •