Hunt Preparation

Your Success is Our Success

Your degree of success in your sheep hunt directly correlates with your degree of physical and mental preparation.

Make sure you develop a plan for getting in “Sheep Shape” including:

– A strong cardio workout at least 3 times a week

– Back strength training (squats, leg press)

– Various hikes with your hiking boots & weighted backpack

– Hiking with your walking poles to get used to using them 

Excellent Backpack Hunt Training Podcast :

Episode 37 Built to Hunt Podcast

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Travel Tips - Dall Sheep

We try our best to account for all variables and travel details leading up to your hunt. Please keep in mind that much of your hunt in Alaska will be determined by weather, winds, animal movements, and your abilities. Please plan ahead and make sure that you know exactly what gear you have in each bag as well as where your essential gear is packed. We may need to move you last minute to a new camp and it is very smart to know how to grab one bag of your essential gear. 

Please leave any larger travel duffel bags and/or suitcases at the charter departure point in Tok or in Anchorage. There is no reason to bring roller bags, bulky items, street clothes, and hard gun cases in the field. Please keep in mind you may have to be able to carry all of your hunting gear (weapon, backpack, clothes, etc) to base camp as soon as you are dropped off by the charter flight. You will probably not be met by horses, ATVs, or any other assistance efforts.

Ripcord Evacuation, Medical Rescue, and Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all of our clients

 

Judging Dall Sheep

We will most likely spend plenty of time judging the rams that we see on your hunt. Alaska manages their over-the-counter sheep hunts carefully for legal harvests.

A legal sheep in our hunting areas must be:

– Full curl on at least one side when viewed from the side

– Fully boomed on both sides

– Have at least 8 annuli rings (8 years old)

View the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game Sheep Booklet : Booklet PDF Download

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WHAT TO BRING LIST

DALL SHEEP HUNT (Early August)

(3 total pieces of baggage)

#1 - Hunting Backpack Loaded with all gear inside in small roll-top bags or large ziplocs for ease of unpacking into airplane (a KUIU Taku bag works great for your pack load with gear)

#2 - Hard Sided, Lockable Gun Case (commercial airlines) + Soft Rifle Cover/Sleeve (for use in small airplanes)

#3 - One Small Carry-on Duffel bag for additional personal gear with all gear inside in small roll-top bags or large ziplocs (a KUIU Taku 3000 bag works great for this)

 
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Travel Tips - Grizzly Bear

We try our best to account for all variables and travel details leading up to your hunt. Please keep in mind that much of your hunt in Alaska will be determined by weather, winds, animal movements, and your abilities. Please plan ahead and make sure that you know exactly what gear you have in each bag as well as where your essential gear is packed. We may need to move you last minute to a new camp and it is very smart to know how to grab one bag of your essential gear. 

Please leave any larger travel duffel bags and/or suitcases at the Golden Eagle Outfitters charter departure point in Kotzebue. There is no reason to bring roller bags, bulky items, street clothes, and hard gun cases in the field. Please keep in mind you may have to be able to carry all of your hunting gear (weapon, backpack, clothes, etc).

Ripcord Evacuation, Medical Rescue, and Travel Insurance is highly recommended for all of our clients

WHAT TO BRING LIST

ARCTIC GRIZZLY BEAR HUNT (Late August)

(3 total pieces of baggage)

#1 - Backpack Loaded with all gear inside in small roll-top bags or large ziplocs for ease of unpacking into airplane (a KUIU Taku bag works great for your pack load with gear)

#2 - Hard Sided, Lockable Gun Case (commercial airlines) + Soft Rifle Cover/Sleeve (for use in small airplanes)

#3 - One Small Carry-on Duffel bag for additional personal gear with all gear inside in small roll-top bags or large ziplocs (a KUIU Taku 3000 bag works great for this)

  • Sunglasses

  • Ear Plugs

  • Head Lamp Flashlight & Extra Batteries

    • Petzel Tikka XP

    • Petzl Reactik+

  • Toothbrush & Travel Size Tooth Paste

  • Medicines and Personal Items

  • (2) Quart Plastic Water Bottles

  • Hydration Bag with Hose (if preferred)

  • Large backpacking spoon for freeze dried meals

  • Lightweight backpacking cup or Thermos for hot drinks

  • Your favorite sport drink mixes, special candy bar, and personal snacks

  • Favorite celebratory drink (no alcohol or beer is provided in our camps) 

  • Digital Camera & SD Card and small waterproof case/bag

  • Garmin inReach Satellite Text Messaging Device (optional)

  • Pocket Knife

    • Havalon Replaceable and/or Leatherman

  • (2) Walking Sticks

  • Paperback Book or Downloaded Music​/Movies/Audiobooks

  • Chapstick

  • Sunscreen/Band Aids/Blister Kit

  • Small packable mosquito headnet

  • Annual Hunt License ($160)

  • Registration Permit (RB762) Grizzly Bear (free, printable after July 1)

  • Brown/Grizzly Bear Big Game Locking-tag ($1,000)

  • Wolf Big Game Locking-tag ($60)