Many hunters consider the Dall Sheep to be the ultimate North American big game trophy. Our Brooks Range hunting areas offer breathtaking scenery and unsurpassed wilderness qualities along with high densities of trophy class Dall Rams. Due to its remote nature the Brooks receives much less hunting pressure than other mountain ranges in Alaska, which has resulted in many of the state’s largest rams taken in recent years. Typical horn lengths of the rams in our area range from 36″-39″ with some reaching 40″ and beyond. These are backpack style hunts originating from remote drop off locations near prime sheep habitat. Occasionally, rams can be taken right from these initial base camps. However, in most cases we travel throughout the surrounding country, camping at various locations along the way until rams are located. Despite utilizing the highest quality lightweight gear and freeze dried foods, packs can still be quite heavy. Hunters must be willing and able to share part of this load in addition to their own personal gear. This of course applies to the meat, cape, and horns on the return trip as well.
Having personally guided Sheep hunters for over 30 years I cannot overemphasize the importance of limiting your personal gear and clothing to the bare essentials. Equally important is being in the best physical condition possible and able to shoot well under a variety of circumstances. Most shots are around 200 yards or so but we have taken many rams much closer. Nevertheless, you should be able to hit consistently out to 300 yards and occasionally even longer shots are required due to lack of cover and the extreme wariness of sheep. These hunts can be both physically and mentally demanding and are certainly not for everyone. However, hunters who are prepared to do what it takes will truly be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime.