Took a 72 year old on a sheep hunt this aug. on the flight in the air taxi let me know there was 12 people on a lake i had considered using for our hunt. we ditched that idea pretty quick and headed to some easier sheep country. Bless this guys hard heart he backpacked in 4 miles to the mtns then decided sheep hunting wasn't for him! So we turned left and shot this grizz the next morning. Its his third bear with me, a kodiak brownie, a peninsula brownie with a bow and this grizzly. I hope when i'm 72 i'm not quiting at nothing and hittin' it hard this this ol' timer. What a treat to take him out.
Had a quick one day trip for this 8' grizz, shot her right at dark and came in the next morning to skin and pack out and of course the rain never let up. But my new sitka gear stormfront rain gear still leaks, just like the first day i wore it....
I was able to find out from the air taxi that a popular sheep guide from the knik area moved up into the mountains i've been working along with a few others and brought in 6 guys on the first trip and i belive 6 guys on the second trip. he's taken 3 sheep so far. Those of us that have been using the area have been takin' one or two clients a year to help keep the sheep from getting shot out, but those years are wasted now. The drawing hunts in unit 14 have displaced the guides and now one of them has moved up into this area and is hunting it like there won't be a next year.
State wide drawing for sheep will be here sooner than we think, this isn't a great sheep area, and even it is now overrun with hunters. As a result i've decided to not guide sheep hunters anymore, don't feel it would be fair to take someones money and knowingly take them into a situation like this. Sad day.