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#6994383 - 10/22/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: Arac]
POL Offline
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Registered: 08/28/12
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Loc: Pennsylvania
Never hunted in Alaska, but good posts Ghost. I admire you at 71 years hunting Alaska and Africa. You are in it for the "hunt".

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#6994807 - 10/22/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: IndyCA35]
rost495 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/05
Posts: 38277
Loc: La Grange, TX
Originally Posted By: IndyCA35
Physical pain, training for nine months, and being cold and wet are not my idea of a good hunt. Especially if it costs $20,000. I would much rather hunt bear in Alaska, preferably from a boat or ATV. If sheep were the only Alaska choice, I would hunt plains game in Africa. I think some of those animals (kudu, gemsbok, zebra) are equally or more attractive than a sheep. If you're into a "difficult" hunt, don't shoot the first kudu you see, but look for a really good one.


Goes to show different strokes for different folks. The harder a hunt is, the more meaning it has for me. Not that I don't do about everything I can at times, but the more work involved of my own its much more personal.
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#6994968 - 10/22/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: IndyCA35]
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Registered: 01/17/09
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Originally Posted By: IndyCA35
Physical pain, training for nine months, and being cold and wet are not my idea of a good hunt. Especially if it costs $20,000. I would much rather hunt bear in Alaska, preferably from a boat or ATV. If sheep were the only Alaska choice, I would hunt plains game in Africa. I think some of those animals (kudu, gemsbok, zebra) are equally or more attractive than a sheep. If you're into a "difficult" hunt, don't shoot the first kudu you see, but look for a really good one.


Not everyone has to train for 9 months, and whats wrong with Physical fitness?

As fas as being cold and wet, you're assuming..My sheep hunts were neither cold nor wet..

You can do sheep hunts for much less than 20K...

Different strokes for different folks obviously...

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#7004356 - 10/25/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: IndyCA35]
smallcal Offline
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Registered: 09/08/04
Posts: 427
Loc: Syracuse, NY
Originally Posted By: IndyCA35
Physical pain, training for nine months, and being cold and wet are not my idea of a good hunt. Especially if it costs $20,000. I would much rather hunt bear in Alaska, preferably from a boat or ATV. If sheep were the only Alaska choice, I would hunt plains game in Africa. I think some of those animals (kudu, gemsbok, zebra) are equally or more attractive than a sheep. If you're into a "difficult" hunt, don't shoot the first kudu you see, but look for a really good one.


Some responses to the points you bring up:

- I was in terrible physical condition when I started the preparations, i.e. one mile with a 30 pound pack on flat ground was a struggle. Training for 12 months actually improved my quality of life. Sheep hunting was the goal so that I trained hard knowing what the reward was and I was less likely to give up. It has paid dividends since the hunt as well. I'm not in as good of shape as after my hunt, but my weight remains down and I look back on it as the week that turned my health around.
- $20k is a high price. My hunt was much less but we also didn't use horses, etc.
- For me, anything hunted from a boat or ATV is not for me. As one person's signature reads 'I prefer to hunt with the quads God gave me'. To each his own, but I really believe that much is lost on a hunt when you aren't spending the day walking in the silence of nature (unless elk or moose hunting in the rut, of course, but that's a whole different story).
- For some reason Africa has never interested me for a hunt. I grew up reading O'Conner and sheep hunting. While Capstick was fun to read, plains game does not appear to have the type of adventure I prefer. I'd rather be in a tent and sleeping bag without snakes, etc. around than at a fully equipped lodge.

Sheep hunting is not for everyone, but if you've dreamed of doing it, it's the only thing that will scratch that itch.
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#7017820 - 10/29/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: EDMHUNTER]
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Registered: 09/10/09
Posts: 13799
Originally Posted By: EDMHUNTER
I just turned 49. I will need to save for several years. I do not have any physical problems but after reading all the post here it sounds like you need to be 18 and a top 5 marathon runner to enjoy your self. It looks like it will be every bit of $20,000 to go. I have never hunted Alaska but it is my dream. I do not want to spend the money to realize I can not do it or it is so difficult it will not be enjoyable. I will hunt Alaska as that is my true dream. Sheep is just one of the animals I would like to hunt but I am starting to think it is to late and it would be better to go to plan B.


Bullschit. Find yourself a Crossfit gym and get started. Then start adding in the Crossfit Endurance programming 4-6mo before your hunt, after learning proper POSE running form. Biggest favor you'll ever do for yourself.

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#7022491 - 10/30/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: Take_a_knee]
rost495 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/05
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Loc: La Grange, TX
Not everyone lives where there are things like crossfit gyms...

Of course thats why we have the better insanity CDs in the game room....
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#7024172 - 10/31/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: rost495]
Bambistew Offline
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Registered: 11/25/03
Posts: 970
Loc: Chugiak AK
Lots of arm chair sheep hunters giving advice... I love it.

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#7026307 - 10/31/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: Bambistew]
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Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 2207
Loc: Anchorage, AK
Surely your are not suggesting that people hunted sheep before the invention of crossfit?

As far as I know the only sheep killed before crossfit were killed by Ironman triathletes and the navy seals.

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#7031078 - 11/02/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: EDMHUNTER]
Maverick940 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 1970
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: EDMHUNTER
I just turned 49. I will need to save for several years. I do not have any physical problems but after reading all the post here it sounds like you need to be 18 and a top 5 marathon runner to enjoy your self. It looks like it will be every bit of $20,000 to go. I have never hunted Alaska but it is my dream. I do not want to spend the money to realize I can not do it or it is so difficult it will not be enjoyable. I will hunt Alaska as that is my true dream. Sheep is just one of the animals I would like to hunt but I am starting to think it is to late and it would be better to go to plan B.


EDM Hunter:

No, you don't need to be a marathon runner or a youngster to have a safe, enjoyable, comfortable and successful sheep hunt in Alaska. The majority of my sheep hunting clients are in their 50s and 60s and for the most part, are not in any type of "mountain shape".

And, keep in mind that you don't need to backpack for Dall sheep in Alaska, either. Granted, air access is certainly the way to go, but it's not necessary to backpack for trophy Dall sheep, even after "flying in". Frequently enough, my clients have actually killed rams right from the tent, which wasn't backpacked in. In fact, I don't offer backpack hunts, unless a client specifically requests something like that.

And in closing, you can still find quality hunts in Alaska at nominal cost. If you shop around, you should be able to find a sheep hunt whereas after you include the cost of airline travel and license/tag(s) fees and shipping cost and travel incidentals, that sets you back about $12,000.00 or less.

Maverick

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#7031126 - 11/02/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: Maverick940]
EDMHUNTER Offline
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Registered: 01/23/08
Posts: 324
Loc: Lockport Il.
Thanks for all the reply's! I will start the saving and training for sheep.

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#7080292 - 11/16/12 Re: Sheep hunting cost vs. other Alaska huntimg? [Re: EDMHUNTER]
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Registered: 03/06/07
Posts: 140
Loc: NEbraska
I was 60 when I did my last sheep hunt in the Alaska Range east of Healy. It worked out okay, but it was tough on me. I got a nice ram on the last day. We were snow and fogged in for 9 days.

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