While looking high and low for a few days for a 160 class dall ram I have been trying to get and not finding him, I watched a pack of 7 wolves for a couple of days. By mid day Sunday, the temptation was too much too bear and I stalked these wolves to 360 yards. A close setup but by the time I dissapeared out of sight and reappeared, that was the range. I watched one wolf poke his head up out of the tundra every 2 minutes to look around while the others just slept. I timed it just right and when his head dissapeared, I stalked the last 20 yards to get onto some good level ground. I thought to myself, the next time I see your head pop up, it will be in my crosshairs! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] I got into position and set the scope up 5 clicks to be dead on. I peered through and 10 seconds later, his head popped up. I thought about it and decided if all I can hit is his face it will ruin the hide. I waited for one to get up. After only a minute one stood up to stretch. I aimed and fired. I could see it was a hit, but he didnt drop. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img] I waited for another clean shot and within a few seconds another wolf assesed the wounded wolf's situation and ran him off as if to say "Get out of here, you cant help us anymore." He stopped facing my direction, I quatered up his chest and fired. BANG!, flop. Another wolf ran over to see what happened facing me again. I though to myself, this is like dejavoo! I quartered his chest, BANG!, flop. The first wolf never presented another clean opprotunity and he fled, which I gave him some time and went to recover him a bit later. (Turns out he didnt go far.) I went over to the 1st kill site and set up for some photos. I only got a few then my battaries died.
Up here we are allowed 5 wolves per year under our hunting license. No tags required for a resident. We have so many wolves that the game department wants them thinned out. Non residents pay only 30 bucks for a tag. Season is 8-10 through 4-30 each year. It was quite gratifying to stalk that close to a pack of one of the greatest and most efficient land predators this world has seen during our era.
Swarovski EL 10x42 binos, Swarovski 20-60 spotting scope, Swarovski LG range finder, semi custom rem 700 in 308 win, Mark 4 fixed 10x scope and hornaday 155 AMAX bullets. BTW, the AMAX's were awesome!! Very lethal and explosive.