Throughout the years we have had a good success rate for Dall sheep. Having an area with one of the best Dall sheep populations in the state, we have developed the knowledge and expertise to get where the sheep are. Many non-hunting days have been cut from the hunt because of the ability to land our airplanes in key locations high in the mountains where the camps are located.
Be prepared for high altitudes and fairly steep slopes on a sheep hunt. Hunts are planned as carefully as possible, and care is taken to try and stay out of unsafe conditions, and our clients are not pushed beyond reasonable capabilities. That being said, it is important to be in as good physical condition as possible before coming hunting. Although we try our best to make each hunt as short a hike as possible, game is unpredictable and one must be able to cover some country without becoming incapacitated.
It is generally recommended that a .243 or 300 be used for sheep hunting, or the rifle you are most comfortable shooting 250-300 yards with. The important factor in a successful hunt is being proficient with the rifle you choose to bring. Know where the bullet is hitting at different yardages, from 100 to 400 yards. If the rifle is one that you have been using for many years, chances are you won’t have any trouble. We do have a shooting range to get sighted in before going into the field.
If you are in moderately good condition and can shoot straight, we believe we can get you a nice full curl or heavy broomed trophy Dall ram that you can be very proud of. Average horn size is around 35″ with 12 1/2 to 13″ bases. Occasionally we take one or two sheep that are from 38 to 40+ inches.
Clothing should be comfortable for climbing and boots well broken in. A sheep hunt is not the place to break in a new pair of boots! Certainly you may bring what you want in the way of gear, but all of your gear should fit in your frame style backpack due to weight restrictions and space limitations in our bush planes. Someone will be flying in to check on your camp every two to three days (as weather conditions permit) and can bring anything you might need additionally. You can bring a satellite phone if you would like to have additional communication. They can be rented fairly easily these days.
Our sheep hunts are booked for 10 days to allow for bad weather. Great care is taken to set up the hunts and we feel we’ve done our job if we get you a decent shot on a respectable ram. It is not recommended to pass up game, as another opportunity may not present itself. Most clients are filled out within four to five days. The remaining time man be used to visit other parts of our beautiful state if you wish.
Location of Sheep Hunting Area:
Within the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the north side
We have a special concession permit to hunt within park
Hunts are 10 days
One on one unless you specify otherwise
Fly out to spike camps, airstrips at sheep camps are generally at higher elevations
The camps consist of tents complete with heaters, cots, and cook stove. Food is provided.
When are Sheep Hunts Available?
August 10 – September 20
Topography of hunting areas:
Starting out from camp there can be uneven ground (tundra tussocks) and brush, rocky rivers, could have to cross numerous times as you make your way up mountainous terrain, steep inclines, loose rock, boulders, shale, moss covered rock
General recommendation for level of physical fitness required:
You must be able to traverse uneven ground of tundra tussocks, and be able to climb steep inclines.
Cannot be afraid of heights or have vertigo
There may be stream crossings, the rivers are cold and fast.
There may be boulders, rocky ground.
The better shape you are in, the better the chances are that you will get your game.
Transportation to and from the hunting area:
Transportation to and from the field is supplied by small Piper aircraft, Supercubs.
It is your responsibility to get to the main camp of Nabesna.
You will need to rent a car and drive to Nabesna from either Fairbanks or Anchorage, about a 300 mile drive from either city.
Type of gun you should bring:
A rifle that you can shoot 350 yards or better with
We highly recommend you bring a gun that you are comfortable shooting.
Bringing an older, reliable rifle is much preferred over a new, untested one.
How many bullets should I bring?:
You should bring at least two boxes.
We have a shooting range on our property to test fire your rifle when you arrive. Due to the nature of airline luggage handling these days, it is likely they are less than kind to objects resembling gun cases.
Typical distance for shot:
There is of course nothing typical in hunting, but you can expect your shot for a sheep to be between 250-400 yards.
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