I'd appreciate any input that you are willing to give me on a few questions that I have (or any other good techniques you are willing to share). I'll be flown into the Brooks in late August for a solo 9 day hunt. I've got my initial drainage picked out (with several follow on areas) but the only scouting that I will have done will be a map reconnaissance and whatever I can see on the way in. I am trying to get in touch with the area biolgist to confirm that the general area supports a healthy population of sheep (see if the density in the area is similar to other parts of the bigger area).
Question 1. After being dropped off, should I just walk until I find sheep or should I focus on the drainages that I have picked out ahead of time?
Question 2. How long should I keep in place before moving to a new area? I know that I must be patient, glass every inch of the area and that sheep can and do move in and out frequently, but how long should I wait to determine that the area just won't have any sheep visiting anytime soon?
Question 3. How far should base camp be set up away from a drainage holding sheep? I plan on trying to stay at least a terrain feature away - out of sight, sound, and smell.
Question 4. Do you prefer to setup base camp low in the valleys or higher up the mountains on a bench or saddle? I am planning focusing on finding protected areas that are near a water source.
I sincerely appreciate the help and would like wish everyone a safe and productive season.