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#6743846 - 04/23/17 02:14 PM 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt
Nogalus Prairie Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 22162
Loc: Corsicana
Booked a 2017 Dall sheep hunt in the Yukon back in 2015..... and now August is fast approaching. 10 day hunt 8/9-8/19. This thread will be a diary of sorts. Flights, hotel before/after hunt all booked. Now in the "getting ready" stage. Which is half the fun. smile Carrying my Sako Finnlight in .300 WSM (.30 cal because I will have a grizzly tag) - it prints little groups with the 180 grain TSXs I wanted to use. So all good there.

As always, my pool table has become a gear table for the hunt. Not all of this will make the cut, but if it made it this far it's definitely in the running:



I've lost 20 lbs since New Years - that's 20 lbs I won't have to hump up the Pelly mountains. Exercising now and intensifying it as the hunt draws near. At my age (53) a balance between good exercise but not hurting oneself is called for, especially with my hinky back which forced me to give up running a few years ago.

Speaking of a few years ago, here's me 11 years ago on my last trip to the Yukon for Fannin (Stone's) sheep:


I now weigh the same, but unfortunately have added some miles since then.

Anyway, hope some of you might enjoy going along on this adventure with me.
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#6743856 - 04/23/17 02:26 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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The "Grouch"

Registered: 10/22/12
Posts: 16976
Loc: Winters
Looking forward to this.
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#6743869 - 04/23/17 02:41 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Watching!
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#6743880 - 04/23/17 02:53 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Loc: Corsicana
Already got 2 pieces of good news re: flights.
1)Kept checking and re-checking until I was allowed to use the same # of CC miles as a domestic round trip ticket. Whoo!
2)Airline recently upgraded me to first class on the flights up (DFW to Vancouver and Vancouver to Whitehorse). Whoo-hoo!

Had a heckuva time exploring all the flight options. What it all boiled down to was that there is one late flight daily (8:00 PM) from Vancouver to Whitehorse. You can get to Vancouver numerous ways with two legs of flying, but the only direct flight that worked leaves DFW at 7:00 AM and at arrives at 10:00 AM or so.

Result: a long day sitting in the Vancouver airport. May make a quick trip into the city but likely will just stay put (I've seen it twice before).
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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.



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#6743888 - 04/23/17 03:02 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Corsicana
Going with Tim Mervyn's outfit. Wonderful family operation with consistent success for their hunters on nice rams. Some clients hunt from cabins and some ride out on horses and spike hunt in the mountains. Guessing he has me penciled in the latter category since he told me to bring my sleeping bag, pad, and tent. Which is fine with me.

Here's a few "Christmas cards" showing all the rams taken each year:



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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.



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#6743889 - 04/23/17 03:02 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Registered: 08/09/05
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Loc: Grayson County
I'll be watching. Good luck!
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#6743905 - 04/23/17 03:22 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42358
Loc: Metroplex
Have a safe trip

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#6743908 - 04/23/17 03:36 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
Nogalus Prairie Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
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Loc: Corsicana
Would appreciate any gear "hacks" that you guys have found to be useful on your hunts.

Examples of a couple of mine are Starbucks Via instant coffee packets and a lightweight "buff"/silk scarf for both cold and sun protection. Both are lifesavers for me.

I also use trekking poles and have found them to be lifesavers while climbing. Some prefer them, some use one, and some don't like them at all.
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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.



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#6743927 - 04/23/17 04:13 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Registered: 01/25/13
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Good luck with your hunt NP. up
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#6743965 - 04/23/17 05:16 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 410
Subscribing..... On the "To Do List" for sure.

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#6743967 - 04/23/17 05:18 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 42358
Loc: Metroplex
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Would appreciate any gear "hacks" that you guys have found to be useful on your hunts.

Examples of a couple of mine are Starbucks Via instant coffee packets and a lightweight "buff"/silk scarf for both cold and sun protection. Both are lifesavers for me.

I also use trekking poles and have found them to be lifesavers while climbing. Some prefer them, some use one, and some don't like them at all.


I didn't do coffee but do use mtn ops yeti as me energy drink replacement.

Bucees has a rub called "carnivore blk" I'm adding it to what I call my "meat eater" pull out. Aka spices, etc.
For back county meat.

As far as trekking poles. Texas company called Pacemaker Stix, is a bargain

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#6743973 - 04/23/17 05:28 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
Nogalus Prairie Offline
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Registered: 11/22/10
Posts: 22162
Loc: Corsicana
Thanks Bobo I knew you'd have some good ones. Please add any more that come to you. up

One key some may not know on international travel is to have Form 4473s listing all your rifles, scopes, cameras, and optics with their serial #s. They can be obtained online, print them off, list all your serialized gear, and take it to a U.S. Customs office for signing and stamping by an officer. This form proves you owned/took the gear in with you and didn't buy it in the country visited. Canadian customs doesn't care but I have had more trouble with U.S. Customs on the return trip than anyone else. Go figure. This form cuts through all the red tape.
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Originally Posted By: Russ79
I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.



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#6743975 - 04/23/17 05:31 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
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Registered: 04/27/05
Posts: 15760
Loc: Dallas 2 Jacksboro
Good luck, be safe and great hunting up Take plenty of pics!
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#6744004 - 04/23/17 06:17 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
SheepHunter Offline
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Registered: 12/28/12
Posts: 1775
Loc: East Texas
Have a great trip. Enjoy every moment and remember it's already successful.

MOLESKIN



Drop him before he rolls down the mountain... if possible

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#6744028 - 04/23/17 06:52 PM Re: 2017 Yukon Sheep Hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
Texasphez Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/07/16
Posts: 130
Loc: Panhandle
Originally Posted By: Nogalus Prairie
Already got 2 pieces of good news re: flights.
1)Kept checking and re-checking until I was allowed to use the same # of CC miles as a domestic round trip ticket. Whoo!
2)Airline recently upgraded me to first class on the flights up (DFW to Vancouver and Vancouver to Whitehorse). Whoo-hoo!

Had a heckuva time exploring all the flight options. What it all boiled down to was that there is one late flight daily (8:00 PM) from Vancouver to Whitehorse. You can get to Vancouver numerous ways with two legs of flying, but the only direct flight that worked leaves DFW at 7:00 AM and at arrives at 10:00 AM or so.

Result: a long day sitting in the Vancouver airport. May make a quick trip into the city but likely will just stay put (I've seen

it twice before).


Been there done that! Only so much to see in Vancouver airport= a long day of boredom!

Tim and Jen are good people, I would hunt with them again anytime! Have fun and I'll be waiting for pictures!

My only advice I can add is; find a horse, and spend sometime riding before you go! And if your knees start hurting while in the saddle lengthen your stirrups!

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