Dall Sheep Hunting in Alaska
Dall Sheep Hunting in Alaska
Dall sheep are often the first ram that hunters take, and the beginning of their sheep addiction.
Dall sheep are the least difficult and least expensive North American sheep to hunt, and usually the first ram hunters take when going for their Sheep Slam. Their population is steady and increasing and they are easy to glass. Dall sheep hunts are available in Alaska, the Yukon, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
Why you should consider dall sheep hunting in Alaska:
- Over the counter sheep tags (in most units).
- Affordable compared to other sheep species.
- Early August – go on your dream hunt without sacrificing your deer or elk hunts.
- On a typical hunt, you can expect to see sheep daily.
- Fly-in backpack hunts OR float hunts.
- Grizzly bears, wolves and caribou can be added on a trophy fee basis.
Hunts: AFG1, AOU2, RE1, RRL5
Dall Sheep Hunting Alaska
Spectacular Dall sheep hunting in some of Alaska’s the best trophy sheep areas.
If you want a good ram and you’re up for toughing it, this hunt is for you. While it isn’t easy, it is a great hunt with a high success rate. Due to rugged terrain and limited hunting pressure and access, dall sheep numbers and quality have been doing well. The average ram taken by our hunters is heavy-horned and around 37 inches. A sheep hunt offers a true trophy of a lifetime!
You will remember your Alaskan dall sheep hunt for the rest of your life!…and it will likely start an addition to sheep hunting. However, sheep hunting isn’t for just anyone. To claim your ram, you’ll need to be able to hike mountains and difficult terrain. The work is worth the reward!
On a typical sheep hunt, you’ll be flown into your hunting area and then backpack around the area from their. Be prepared for a highly rewarding hunt!
Dall Sheep Hunting in Alaska Brooks Range
The Brooks Range is known for great sheep genetics, with multiple rams of 38-42” being taken almost every year. The fly-in day will be spent scouting, and spiking in to a location to set up camp. You will be in the field ten full days with your guide. Take out will be the morning of the eleventh day. This is true backpack sheep hunting in every way. Expect to hike up to ten miles daily and camp in different locations nearly every night.
Dall Sheep Hunting in the Western Alaska Range
This is a high success, fly-in, backpack style sheep hunt in the Western Alaska Range. This outfitter has been guiding sheep in the Alaska range and for over a decade, and runs an amazing 90% plus success rate on full curl rams! Most hunters take rams in the 36 to 38 1/2 inch range, with the largest to date being a 40 inch ram scoring 166. Although not known as as a “trophy” sheep area, there are 40 inch, 170-class Boone and Crockett rams taken in the area nearly every year. This tag is available over the counter.
Our float hunts add an additional level of adventure and allow for for flexibility to hunt along 40 miles of pristine river. Float hunts are NOT necessarily less physically demanding than other hunts. Fantastic Arctic Char and grayling fishing are available on our float hunts and most other hunts in this area.
Our outfitter who offers float hunts takes a very limited number of lucky hunters each year, so contact us today and we can arrange this trophy over-the-counter dall sheep hunt in the Brooks Range for you. This will be a challenging hunt, but one you will not soon forget, as it is an adventure and accomplishment in more ways than one to harvest a trophy ram.
- Over the counter sheep tags in most units.
- Hunting season is early August and goes through September – go on your dream hunt without sacrificing your deer or elk hunts.
- The success rates on our sheep hunts average between 95 and 100%.
- Excellent trophy quality – 36 to 40 inch rams with 13 to 14.5 inch bases.
- Either archery or rifles can be used on this hunt.
- Because these animals live in such rugged country it’s recommended that you be in good shape for this trip. You can expect to go from 2,000′ elevation to 6,000′ elevation. Must have the ability to hike and carry a 35 lbs pack. Your lodging may include a base camp and hiking from there each day.
- On occasion, we can add other animals to the hunt if requested in advance. This outfitter offers hunts for trophy brown bear, grizzly bear, caribou, mountain goat, black bear, wolves and moose.
- Fly-in backpack OR a limited number of float hunts are available.
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Sheep and tag numbers are on the increase which is good news all around. If you wish to sheep hunt, let us know now and we will in turn provide you with a reminder and information when the drawing time draws near. This is very special hunt and should be considered by anyone who calls himself a hunter, at least once before you retire the boots and rifle.
I love to hunt elk. Guiding hunts, floats, and fishing are all very special ways for me to earn a living. The difference is that… “I have to Sheep Hunt!” For me, there is no other place that I have found and no other experience that compares. I am sure there are many rams taken each year beside the road, on the trail or next to the river… those have nothing to do with what I am speaking of. In the 80’s and 90’s I guided countless Bighorn and Dall Sheep hunts. We would drop a hunter off at the airstrip (successful or not) sometimes on the proverbial verge of death, only to gather up the next victim and head out again. It never grew tiring, in fact it was just the opposite. “Exhilarating” would be more appropriate. I love every aspect of the sheep hunt. The terrain, camaraderie, the camping, the rocks. I love the rocks. Bighorn Sheep tags became more difficult to acquire through the 90’s and on into the new millennium.
I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I’d be drawn for an Idaho Bighorn Sheep Tag. I’d been putting in for 10 years and was drawn for the 2017 early season tag. I had gone on a successful guided mule deer hunt in November 2016 with the same outfitter, and was so impressed with the operation that I decided to change sheep areas and put my sheep tag in for his area.