I am wondering how many out there are cutting down the things on your sheep hunting list.
I have been doing some research....I guess I am waiting for my son to get done with his classes so we can go out to out Chitina for the rest of the Summer. Thus I am doing the complete Alaskan truism of hurrying up to wait.
I have figured that many of the old timers are still kicking and it is now the time to get the information from the source.
So I have been calling the living sheep hunters who have taken the largest legal sheep. Lentfer.Lewis.Webb. Sherwin Scott doesn't live in Alaska and was guided by Bill Ellis anyway. I think Jon Summar died but I am going to get the story from his son who lives in Tok or pin Craig Gardner down who is flying and fighting the good fight taking it to the wolves. It is interesting. There is much less ado about technical equipment and more emphasis on keeping things as simple as possible, scouting and ferreting out pockets of big rams. There are a lot of vagries that produce a monster ram that may or may not be repeated.
I have been thinking about my early hunts and sometimes I think I was a better hunter when I was sleeping under a tarp and on top of a piece of visqueen made into a mattress with alpine tundra moss.
I am not trading in my bibler eldorado but I think that I am going to simplify. I am going to take the bare minimum of bat cave items.
Thus I am seeking to cut back. Technology has made leaps and bounds are reducing weight.
I am just wondering if there are people at this stage as well that are going to cut back to the basics. I think that we get caught up on things that make us comfortable and I have heard that Alaskans spent 3 times on average more than any other group of outdoorsmen and women in the US. We try to build an ARK and then fill it with two of everything.
At the same time, most of these sheep with the exception of the Webb Ram which was shot right at the end of the season were shot near the opener-when it is Summer yet. This means that on the other hand we have to balance simplicity with safety. I am just looking for your thoughts.