Sheep hunt turned into wolf hunt. Success photo included.

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Michael Eichele, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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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! /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif 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. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif 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!

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  2. yotefever

    yotefever Well-Known Member

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    Not such a bad day after all. Great story and loved the pic too.
    Looks like I might make it up to your great state and do some hunting in the near future and hope to make a wolf hunt while there, can't do it here in WI I just call them in while coyote hunting /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
     

  3. ss7mm

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    Michael:

    Sounds like plan "B" worked out pretty good to me. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Great looking pair of wolves and I'd guess it's very very rare to get two at one time, from the same pack, in one day just a short time apart. Must have been a pretty satisfying day for you. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Now all you need to do is find the Ram and you could say you completed everything plus a little extra. Good luck with your ram.

    Great story and a very nice picture of a pair of wolves. You guys up there really have it rough. Sometimes you don't know what to shoot there's so many different animals in the same area at the same time. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  4. royinidaho

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    30 bucks a tag, eh? How much for a license?

    Hmmmm, let's see, I go to Boseman and turn left and drive to the water and turn right and WALA, woofs!

    As Yogi Berra says, when you come to a fork in the road take it. Good stalk and good shootin.
     
  5. sambo3006

    sambo3006 Well-Known Member

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    Please do not post any more pictures like that. My wife would kill me if I booked an Alaskan hunt. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  6. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    [ QUOTE ]
    You guys up there really have it rough. Sometimes you don't know what to shoot there's so many different animals in the same area at the same time.

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    You know, you hit the nail on the head. There are sooo many opprotunities here it becomes hard to decide what you want to plan for and where to go. Alaska conciders wolves "big game" animals. I have never harvested more than 2 big game animals in a calender year let alone 3 within seconds of eachother!

    RII,
    I think NR licenses are around 100 bucks?? Maybee a little more but not much more than that.
     
  7. duckinalaska

    duckinalaska Well-Known Member

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    Michael,
    Very nice, what I liked most about it was that you used a good ol' 308.
    Brandon
     
  8. älg

    älg Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations Michael.

    Nice pic and nice story. LUchy day you had there.

    What´s the cammo on your stock???
     
  9. Takman

    Takman Well-Known Member

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    Congrats! Guys, look carefully at the backround in the pic. It is worth the trip for the scenery alone.
     
  10. lerch

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    Very nice, I love the pic.

    Hopefully I will be going on a caribou hunt in a couple of years and I cant wait to see tundra land, just looks beautiful to me.

    what was the weight on those boys????

    steve
     
  11. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    What´s the cammo on your stock???

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    McMillan desert cammo.

    Lerch, they weighed roughly 80#. This pack was all fairly medium sized wolves. None were of the larger variety.
     
  12. Jimm

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    Way to shoot Meichele !!!

    Now , I would post some more but I have to go for my "envy moderation " sessions now /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif

    You know that you are going to get Roy in deep doo doo showing him dead woof pix. He's likely to try that without driving all the way to Laska( can't say as I would blame him either /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif )

    Once again good stalk and shoot , now send us some more pix of that fantasy land you live in /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    Jim B
     
  13. goodgrouper

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    Congratulations! Nice story and pics. Your vermin are considered illegal "trophies" down here by most folks!
     
  14. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Your vermin are considered illegal "trophies" down here by most folks!

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    Here you can shoot 5 in most units and in some units you can shoot 10 of them. That doesnt count against any trapping bag limits either or vice versa. There are even some units you can use a snow machine to position yourself and you can shoot them from a stationary snow machine. There for a while we had "arial" wolf hunting in a couple of units. Permit holders could shoot them from an airplane!! That stired up alot of contentions with some folks down there. They threatend to promote boycotting tourism to Alaska! Whatever. Didnt work.