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Sheep hunt turned into wolf hunt. Success photo included.

 
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Old 09-07-2006, 01:40 PM
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Re: Sheep hunt turned into wolf hunt. Success photo included.

Well put and thank you for understanding. BTW, [ QUOTE ]
I'm guessing it took considerable skill (acquiring target), stealth, wind/scent management, patience, physical effort.

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You hit the nail on the head. These critters are among the sharpest in the world. They are VERY elusive and shy. I am sure there was quite a measure of right place right time, but I did feel very gratified that I was able to keep the patience and focus through the over 2 hour stalk in which I had to maintain physical care as well decending over 1300 feet with a 45 pound pack after sidehilling around the face of a peak to put myself in the shadow of the ridge that would hide me from them. And then having to accend back up the 1300 feet with an even heavier pack, dehydrated, hungy and physically drained from days of hiking in mountainous terrian all the while getting soaked to the bone from off and on rain showers and cold from the off and on winds.

I will remember every step of this experiance and would not trade it for anything. The high country has a tight hold on me and I will return year after year in search of these great experiances however much it hurts mentally and physicaly. That is part of what makes those trips so memorable!

Thank you for your insight and the links.
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:44 PM
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Re: Sheep hunt turned into wolf hunt. Success photo included.

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Yes the AMAX is my ussual sheep load. Hair splitting accuracy, ultra high terminal performance and low velocity expansion for the long shots.

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Meichele, I have followed your posts with interest over the past year as I lived in Eagle River for 3 years and love Alaska and sheep hunting. I also shoot a .308 quite often. I have a question about your load. What distance do you consider max for this load/bullet for adequate low velocity expansion?
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:21 PM
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Hello SM,

I am stuck in the Denver airport on my way home and am on a limited time internet terminal. I will post another post tomarrow or the next day.
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Old 09-26-2006, 10:41 PM
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Re: Sheep hunt turned into wolf hunt. Success photo included.

Great story and pics. Michael-- u oughtta consider writing that up for Varmint Hunter magazine. They get very few articles about wolf hunting, and they might just pay u for it. The custom LR rifle/equipment/wolf/good pics article has a lot of clout in the writing industry.
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:52 PM
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Re: Sheep hunt turned into wolf hunt. Success photo included.

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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.

Equipment used:

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.

CHEERS!

For some reason I could not find the picture
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Re: Sheep hunt turned into wolf hunt. Success photo included.

Probably because the last post before yours was over 4 years ago.
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