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  • When does the Sheep Season Start?

    Its been alluded to here and the AK Fish and Game Website doesn't have it so........ what is the date of the '06 Sheep Season?

  • #2
    sheep season

    Joe, it starts on aug 10 and ends on sept 20
    I ♥ Big Sheep

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    • #3
      sheep season...

      Doesn't open soon enough!!!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chisana
        Doesn't open soon enough!!!
        Ditto. I'm hiking in on the 8th.
        A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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        • #5
          Snyd..

          That's about when we went into DS203 last year. I hope you have good weather and that it's not too hot. It was very hot last year! Good luck.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chisana
            That's about when we went into DS203 last year. I hope you have good weather and that it's not too hot. It was very hot last year! Good luck.
            Thanks. How did you guys do last year? I hope it's not to hot also. Or snowing and socked in! One 4th of July morning we woke up with 3 inchess of wet snow on our truck at Paxson lodge. That AK Range weather can be unpredictable.
            A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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            • #7
              Ds203

              Snyd,

              Both my partner and I had permits, but we only killed one ram. We were two days in and it was really hot so we decided to get out with the meat ASAP. We saw a lot of sheep and some beautiful country, but no huge rams. I think if we had pushed in another few miles and got up around the snowfields we might have found a whopper. As it was we ran into a legal ram on the 11th and decided to take him.

              Chisana
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chisana
                Snyd,

                Both my partner and I had permits, but we only killed one ram. We were two days in and it was really hot so we decided to get out with the meat ASAP. We saw a lot of sheep and some beautiful country, but no huge rams. I think if we had pushed in another few miles and got up around the snowfields we might have found a whopper. As it was we ran into a legal ram on the 11th and decided to take him.

                Chisana
                Sounds like you made the right decision. Must have been hard though to have to leave early. We will be two days in also. Funny how we are at the mercy of the weather. That's the way it goes.
                A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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                • #9
                  tough call...

                  It was a tough decision. We thought about trying to go back after we got our meat taken care of, but we were too beat. Since my partner didn't get his ram last year, he gets the first shot this fall. I've heard it's been hot again in the interior which is not good for early sheep hunters.
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                  • #10
                    hot weather....

                    Chisana, some of us shoot highly elevated rams and hot weather isnt that much of a factor. In fact, to me overly cold and wet weather is far more worriesome.
                    We've never taken a ram below 7,000'. Its always cool and windy up there. The trick is getting the meat out of the sun and still getting the wind around it...A siltarp works well. We get in and get out anyway.

                    For lower elevations, I imagine its more of a challenge.
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                    • #11
                      good point..

                      Fullkurl,

                      Above 7000' I doubt hot weather is as much of a problem. I imagine you can usually find some snow fields up there as well. Personally I've never taken a ram above 7000' so I can't speak to what works there or doesn't. I think the key point in what you said is that you get in and get out after you have killed your ram. Unless I am getting some low 40 degree or even 30 degree weather at night I spend a lot of time worrying about my meat until it is in the freezer!
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                      • #12
                        7000'

                        Fullkurl,

                        Just curious what range you are hunting that you typically harvest rams above 7000 feet? Not trying to pry specifics from you, it's just that most of my hunts have focused on elevations between 4500-6500 feet. It seems like I see more animals in that "elevation band" and that the food quality and abundance diminshes above it.

                        Regards,

                        Austin

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                        • #13
                          7000'

                          4500' to 6500' is a good band, but sheep will bed higher, if pushed hard or sig'ly worried by hunters (2 legged or 4 legged) I have seen them bed down on the very tippy top of the highest mountain around...also sometimes if they are old...and wise...which often also means big time braggin' size if they are carrying the good genes.
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                          • #14
                            Interior weather

                            Originally posted by Chisana
                            It was a tough decision. We thought about trying to go back after we got our meat taken care of, but we were too beat. Since my partner didn't get his ram last year, he gets the first shot this fall. I've heard it's been hot again in the interior which is not good for early sheep hunters.
                            Actually it has been a cool spring and summer. It snowed here in downtown Fairbanks early this month. None stuck but the flakes were coming down. People all around had to cover up flowers and gardens because of several hard frosts also this month. The past couple weeks have been in the 70's.

                            We'll will be between 5000 and 6500 ft. You know how it goes. We could have 80 above or a foot of snow. Gotta love Alaska!
                            A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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                            • #15
                              7000'

                              Frank-
                              Hate to break it to ya buddy, but those are mountain goats you been shooting up over 7000'. Dall sheep are the ones with the curly horns down around 5000'. :-)
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