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    That snow is not all "bad".
    Assuming one has the equipment and experience to be safe, in some ways sheep hunting is a lot easier with a good snow cover. Not so easy with patchy fifty percent cover.
    With certain lighting - track are visible for several miles plus;
    REALLY easy to judge horns with a white back ground;
    Noise greatly reduced - though noise usually not the "big" a deal with sheep (rolling rocks,etc,)
    Meat stays really clean during the butchering process.
    Just have to be really careful on the climb especially on those snow covered "grassy" slopes. Crampons really help as do "whites" - I heard meat white meat bags will work if "someone" forgot the white painter coveralls!
    Might want to think "twice" about the above advice - We do use rubber boots!
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    See how happy these guys are! And that was before any sheep were harvested!
    Though given the "luxurious" accommodations - easy to see why - Plus their foot gear was perfect for the tasks at hand. (No cold water running in and out of their boots even after the rivers thawed)
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    Holy Hypalon Batman!

    Sheep huntin' in Xtra Tuffs???

    Now I've seen it all . . .

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    Xtra Tuffs! Must be referring the hunters and packers (maybe the guide too - at least before becoming "armchair" bound)! Boots are LaCrosse and Tingley MB201bs ):.
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    I climbed up into goat country yesterday with a pair of neoprene bog boots. I actually kinda enjoyed the on-the-ground feel. I thought of em like a pair of mocassins. Going downhill with a load (BIG! buck) solo......that was another experience. My toes are still hurting today.

    Great ol' photos Joe.

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    Really enjoyed the photos Mr Joe. Thanks for posting.

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    Thanks for posting the pics of you all in rubber boots and waders Joe!

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    Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    Default You forgot to add

    Fewer gnats and mosquitos, and once you have meat, almost no issue with flys. Pesky bugs!
    Nice photos and story,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ak River Rat View Post
    Fewer gnats and mosquitos, and once you have meat, almost no issue with flys. Pesky bugs!
    Nice photos and story,
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    Great points! Thanks.
    Joe (Ak)

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    All they needed were wooden pack frames! Were the rifles walnut and blued steel too?

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    Knik, are you implying these guys are "old school?"

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    "Old school" can be a good thing. Matter of fact, we could us a good dose of it. We are all "teched up" these days and unless you have the latest greatest new fangled "toy", you might as well stay home. Far from it.

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    Great pics, Joe. I always wondered how sheep hunters thirty years ago actually went into the mtns and survived and were successful <grin>.

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    It is fun to look at Outdoor Life mags from the 60's. You wonder how anyone was ever successful or survived.

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    Joe, with all your posts you need include photos! Very nice. Oh and don't forget pointers and lessons!

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