In the early 90s, unit 23 had some pretty good sheep hunting. Knew guys in Kotz who had planes and there were stories of flying out on Aub. 9th, just before midnite, Waiting the mandatory 3 hrs, walking over to shoot a sheep and being back in Kotz by lunch.
Late 90s and the sheep pop. had come on hard times. Restrictions on aircraft use were put in place to lower the harvest. Those restrictions are still in place.
Last Oct. at the Sew. Pen. Regional Advisory Council meeting, the Park Service, which controls most all Sheep habitat in 23, gave a little talk on sheep pops and had a handout on sheep numbers over the last several years. Suffice to say, the sheep pop is back up to where it was in the 90s when hunting was so good.
So the question is, why haven't restrictions been removed? My recollection is when species populations are good, access and harvest should be increased.
If your a sheep hunter and looking for new country, give Steve Machida a call there in Anch. He's the region 5 supervisor. Ask him why unit 23 and western 26 are still closed to aircraft access for sheep hunters.
If you would like a copy of the Park Services sheep info, call the Park office in Kotz. I suspect they could mail, maybe even fax, the info.