Opening day sheep hunt on the kenai peninsula was a great success! i wanted to get up there on the 9th and couldn't find anyone who could get away during the week so i thought i would go in an area that i knew by myself.
started along the trail with one other hunter a few hours ahead of me i assumed. as soon as i break out of treeline and peak up into the valley i see 22 sheep on the first low peak. 6 were rams. they were too far away to see if any were legal or close to legal. i decided to keep heading up towards the top of the valley to set up camp and see where the other hunter would set up camp. next morning woke up and saw the other hunter going the opposite way of where i saw the 22 sheep and thought to myself "YES" i get all these sheep to myself today!
i hiked around all day up and down peaks battling fierce winds and clouds and finally spot 4 rams and one ewe. posted up behind a big rock and waited for them to make a move. wind was not in my favor. sneaked down the valley closer to them and got myself in position for a shot if they were to walk up two of the three shoots. ofcourse they walk up the one i wasnt in position for. they peaked over the other side and the chase was on. i snuck around the backside and looked down on them and they could smell me coming and immediatley peaked down this face 200 yards out of sight. one ram looked legal. i pursued but they pulled the old J-hook on me. i walked over to where they went out of sight and by the time i got there they had hooked down around me and back to where i came from and by the time i saw them they were 500 yards away.
at this point i was defeated. i was by myself and the weather was miserable and i had to walk all the way back to camp. got back to camp at 7 and ready to go home! i was lonely as **** and kept debating on what the hell am i doing with my life! a 21 year old back from an associate degree at college trying to figure out my next move. i moped down to the creek next to my camp and filled up my water bottle and sat and stretched for a while.
I started looking around and here just below the cloud line right above my camp are two sheep. i looke through the binos and hear they are RAMS! they were a half mile away and i was so exhausted and defeated i questioned weather to go for them. i thankfully got my act together and did. wind was in my favor this time. got a closer look directly below them and one looked legal and the other almost. did one look legal? i only had about 30 seconds to decide before they walked out of sight. quickly decided and took a shot.
both ran up some and out of sight then popped back in sight and stopped and looked down at me. they couldnt see me luckily because the clouds were in and out. did i miss? i was so close i couldnt have missed. both were standing there looking down at me looked untouched and fine. luckily i had already jacked another one in and took another shot. this time both turned and ran up and i saw the one go over the top and the other one didnt follow. i hiked up to made sure i made a kill and did. was he legal? i am new to sheep hunting and was 90% sure.
RAN back down to camp cuz i forgot my knife!!! then walked the 1,000ft back up to gut my sheep at 9 p.m. got back to camp at dark. the stalk to when i got back to camp took 3.5 hours. next day packed up everything and thought how the hell am i getting all this down??? packed the cape and the meat and aas much as i could and went for it. all muscles were cramping at this point so really stretched and drank before i headed back down. got back down to the truck in 4.5 hours and back home at 9 pm to a very very proud mom and dad. i left for the hunt monday at noon and was back home wednesday at 9 pm with a boneified full curl ram according to larry lewis the biologist. first ram in the office this year. Did everything by myself and was by far the hardest thing ive ever done! but also by far the proudest moment of my life. Only in alaska right? man i love this place!!! sorry i cant figure out how to put pics on here