Wildlife managers in Alaska were familiar with numerous situations in which unrestricted hunting of male moose (Alces alces) and caribou (Rangifer tarandus), which also have complex social structures, had resulted in far lower sex ratios and much greater skewing of age structure toward young males than three-quarter curl only hunting had ever caused in Dall's sheep, yet far greater consequences from harvesting males were being claimed for sheep.
The Dry Creek studies focused on Dall's sheep associated with a large mineral lick in the central Alaska Range south of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA (63[degrees]55'N, 145[degrees]25'W).
Most managers and researchers now studying Dall's sheep recognize that harvest figures actually tracked population trends that were regulated by major weather patterns.
By far, the state of Alaska holds the largest population of Dall's sheep
(estimated to be 70,000 animals) and consequently ranks No.
The Dall's sheep, named for nineteenth-century naturalist William H.
Of the 60,000 to 90,000 Dall's sheep that range throughout the mountains of northwestern Canada and Alaska, 15,000 live in this range.
Entering the rut, Dall's sheep are heavy with fat and their bodies are covered with a dense coat.
Disgruntled, I booked a Dall's sheep hunt with a Yukon outfitter, opting for my first guided sheep hunt.
It was probably the hungry part more than a desire to tag a world record Dall's sheep with my smokepole, but whatever motivated us worked.
Cheapest or not, a Dall's sheep hunt will still set the hunter back a pretty penny--$7,500 to more than $12,000.
It's one thing to book with the wrong outfitter when there's not much money involved, but the investment alone means you should choose carefully when you're paying for a Dall's sheep hunt.
Aside from the customary pitfalls of any packstring hunt, from broken cameras to green-broke horses, Young's hunt included a few added attractions, such as perilous mountain ascents, near drownings, hypothermia, subzero weather, hunger, thirst, lying out on bare rocks all night, a horse plunging to its death off a mountain and, when everything seemed to be said and done and they were floating toward Whitehorse, the sinking of their heavily laden whipsawed river scow, and the loss of their moose, caribou, grizzly, mountain goat and Dall's sheep
horns, skins and meat to freezing waters.