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#5925311 - 09/12/15 11:40 AM Sheep Hunters Checklist
Rob Lay Offline
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Thought I would share my final packing checklist for Alaska Dall Sheep hunt. On this type of trip with weight limits the packing has to be near perfect! The Outfitter had a pretty good checklist, but I modified it a little, mainly because I had more electronics video, sat phone, and camera/gps. This outfitter is pretty passionate about certain brands and models for certain things, 30 years experience in these rough conditions have proven what works and doesn't. For example I went off recommendation and got the Cabelas Instinct Gaitors instead of the Outdoor Research Crocodiles. I paid the price! Cabbalas Instinct are probably OK for 99% of things, but not rough Alaska! They weren't water tight and tore easily, the boot straps come out, and eventually straps rip off. Everyone else had the OR Crocodiles and they were perfect. Another thing I changed was went with Nogalus Prairie advice on the Eberlestock J107M Dragonfly Backpack instead of the high dollar Kuiu or Kifaru. I still believe those are great backpacks, but I was 100% pleased with the Dragonfly! Within pound of the others and it has the internal gun sleeve that is priceless! I had a rough fall where I came down off top of boulder landing on my back first before finishing in the creek. The gun was perfect and unhurt!

A couple notes. My backpack with these items weighed about 48 lbs. for the flight in, once you remove everything for the day hikes it comes down to about 35 lbs. I highly recommend the Medium Ziplock suction bags which I don't think anyone does yet, I found them by accident at the container store. Store your day to day clothes in them and at home hook the vacuum cleaner up which sucks all the air out compressing them very small. The great news is in camp you can suck them out with your mouth and still get about 95% of the suction.

Assumes:
  • Dall/Stone/Rocky Mountain cold weather
  • 10-14 day Hunt
  • 50 pound backpack limit flight in
  • spike tents, food, snacks, and water provided

Duffel Bag - Left at Airport:
  • clothes for commercial flights & driving
  • additional bathroom items

Hard Gun Case - Left at Airport:
  • 2 locks (TSA locks?)

Rifle Sock - Fly-in (doesn't count towards 50 lbs):
  • rifle (3 in mag, none in chamber)
  • scope cover

On Person - Fly-in (doesn't count towards 50 lbs):
  • Cabelas Alaskan Hunter Boots w/aftermarket Soles
  • Pocket Knife
  • Wallet (Drivers License, Hunters Safety, Cash)
  • Ball Cap
  • Light Gloves
  • Light Winter Hat
  • winter coat
  • heavy winter hat
  • face mask
  • winter gloves
  • Binocs (small light weight 10x)
  • Glasses (regular & sun glasses)
  • Glass wipes
  • Mobile Phone
  • (1) camo shirt & pants
  • (1) cold shirt zip
  • gaitors (Outdoor Research Crocodiles)

Backpack - Included for Hike (counts towards 50 lbs):
  • Contour HD Video Camera
  • phone backup charge pack
  • (2) 32 oz. water bottles
  • Snacks
  • (1) walking stick - 2 not needed
  • tp, wipes, ph in ziplock
  • (1) pair rainsuit
  • wiggy's
  • box bullets
  • head light
  • range finder
  • Off Bug wipes
  • Sat phone
  • Tags
  • Hike Bathroom Bag
    • Blister Pack (Bandaids, Moleskin Pad)
    • Sun tan lotion
    • Lighter
    • Advil
    • chap stick

Backpack - Removed at Base Camp (counts towards 50 lbs):
  • Sleeping Bag (20+ degree early August, 10 degree late August, 0- September)
  • Sleeping Pad (Therma Rest)
  • Blow Up Pillow
  • Compression Sack for Sleeping Bag
  • Small Towel
  • Pair Long Underwear
  • (1) camo shirt & pants
  • rubber camp shoes
  • Hunt Days x liner socks
  • Hunt Days x outside socks
  • Hunt Days x underwear
  • (12) Ziplock bags
  • (2) Large trash bags
  • (2) extra Contour HD batteries
  • charge cords/plugs (camera, phone, battery pack, sat phone)
  • Sat phone extra battery
  • Backup glasses
  • Medium Ziplock suction Bags
  • Bore cleaner
  • Backup soles
  • Camp Bathroom Bag
    • Blister Pack (Vasaline, Bandaids, Moleskin application, Moleskin pads)
    • gum
    • soap
    • shampoo
    • ear swabs
    • lotion
    • baby powder
    • ear plugs (for snoring)
    • medication/advil/benedryal
    • Neosporin
    • eye drops
    • mouth wash
    • toothpaste
    • toothbrush
    • tweezers
    • clippers
    • knee braces
    • germ x

Optional
  • zoom video camera
  • solar panels
  • mobile boot drier
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#5925316 - 09/12/15 11:45 AM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
TonyinVA Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
Posts: 1856
Loc: Virginia, USA
I did not see you list your sheep tag.....I just couldn't resist.

Have a Great Hunt and post pictures.

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#5925329 - 09/12/15 11:57 AM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: TonyinVA]
Rob Lay Offline
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Originally Posted By: TonyinVA
I did not see you list your sheep tag.....I just couldn't resist.

Have a Great Hunt and post pictures.


Texans don't need one. wink Under backpack, leave wallet at camp. There is ridiculous amount of different things for one sheep. permit, license, and locking tag.
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#5925332 - 09/12/15 12:00 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25909
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Bow/gun
ammunition
knife
TP
Lunchables
water
snuff
clothes I have on and pair of boots.


done
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#5925334 - 09/12/15 12:02 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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to bad there isn't a tube of food like toothpaste comes you can just squeeze out and be done in 3 seconds.... eating is such a burden on hunts... takes up valuable time
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#5925411 - 09/12/15 01:28 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
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Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41084
Loc: Metroplex
Germ x? smile
good list.

Mountain hardware makes a really good gaitor too. I know a guy how gets a big discount smile

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#5925522 - 09/12/15 03:46 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
dawaba Offline
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My mountain hunting checklist is similar. Personally, I wouldn't take a sat phone at all. Instead, I'd substitute a light spotting scope and tripod.....my B&L Elite 15x45-60mm spotter is light and compact and has been with me to the top of many a mountain.

Good list.
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#5925531 - 09/12/15 03:55 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
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Mine is similar too. But I will copy yours, as I always get new ideas from other guys' lists. Thanks for sharing.

On my first sheep hunt, when packing the horses for the 23 mile ride up to spike camp, my guide jettisoned about 1/2 the stuff I had lugged all the way from TX to the Yukon. "You won't need this...or this....or this....WTH is this?...." And on and on. LOL.

I am so pleased you liked the J107 and it served you so well. I cannot seem to get away from it.


Edited by Nogalus Prairie (09/12/15 04:17 PM)
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5925756 - 09/12/15 08:03 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Mine is similar too. But I will copy yours, as I always get new ideas from other guys' lists. Thanks for sharing.

On my first sheep hunt, when packing the horses for the 23 mile ride up to spike camp, my guide jettisoned about 1/2 the stuff I had lugged all the way from TX to the Yukon. "You won't need this...or this....or this....WTH is this?...." And on and on. LOL.

I am so pleased you liked the J107 and it served you so well. I cannot seem to get away from it.


You had horses? walking

Rob Lay :
Listening exactly to the brand and recommendations of outfitter up. I learned that after my first trip. I'm still missing that toenail .
Great list my only suggestion is small things like I used soap for shampoo.


Edited by SheepHunter (09/12/15 08:26 PM)

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#5925924 - 09/12/15 09:47 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
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Lol yes we had horses. Thank goodness. Although it did seem like we were leading them more than riding them sometimes. smile No hunting from them, as they couldn't go where the sheep lived. It sure was nice to have some luxuries like eggs and bacon at camp thanks to the pack string though.
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That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5925958 - 09/12/15 10:26 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Bow/gun
ammunition
knife
TP
Lunchables
water
snuff
clothes I have on and pair of boots.


done


Yep my thoughts also, don't need a Ritchie Rich and Mr Drummond list roflmao
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#5925965 - 09/12/15 10:32 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: SniperRAB]
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Originally Posted By: Navasot
Bow/gun
ammunition
knife
TP
Lunchables
water
snuff
clothes I have on and pair of boots.


done


Yep my thoughts also, don't need a Ritchie Rich and Mr Drummond list roflmao


Whiskey ? cheers
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#5925966 - 09/12/15 10:32 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Navasot]
maximum Offline
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
to bad there isn't a tube of food like toothpaste comes you can just squeeze out and be done in 3 seconds.... eating is such a burden on hunts... takes up valuable time


there is. i've used the food tubes from coghlan's for that very thing before.
fill it up with peanut butter, clip it, and go. you can also use that GU energy
paste stuff the triathlon folks eat.and metrex bars.
https://www.campmor.com/c/coghlans-reusable-plastic-food-squeeze-tubes-23124

can't make the GU link work- campmor has like 12 flavors

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#5926000 - 09/12/15 11:46 PM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: kmon1]
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Originally Posted By: kmon1
Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Originally Posted By: Navasot
Bow/gun
ammunition
knife
TP
Lunchables
water
snuff
clothes I have on and pair of boots.


done


Yep my thoughts also, don't need a Ritchie Rich and Mr Drummond list roflmao


Whiskey ? cheers


That list may not work out so well on a sheep hunt. Which is the subject of the thread.
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Originally Posted By: REALKILLER
That's the way I hunt don't know many that do. If a deer gets buy me I will try to run him down. Ive killed a bunch that way.



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#5926239 - 09/13/15 09:40 AM Re: Sheep Hunters Checklist [Re: Rob Lay]
Navasot Offline
Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25909
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
iv made less work
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