Lets Talk About Dall Sheep

Alaska Hunting Regulations 2011-2012Alaska has some of the best hunting of the Big Game that calls Alaska home, in the world.

The quality of the in-field and hands-on experience of Alaska’s Master Guides, Registered Guides, Class-A Assistant Guides and Assistant Guides is unprecedented.

No other state in America can compare to Alaska’s stringent Big Game Guide Training and qualifications set to even be considered a guide of any class.

What are the changes in Alaska’s Dall Sheep hunting regulations doing to the reputation and future tourist income of Alaska?

Master Guide Terry Overly and myself, were very recently at the Tok Courthouse, having my Registered Guide Application notarized.

Tok is a small town and we are both familiar faces in Tok. The Clerk of the Tok Court was familiar enough to and with both us and our lifestyle as well as our profession, to start a conversation on a topic of communal concern.

“How many more illegal sheep are going to come to Tok? This is the question going around the legal circles. Do you know if anything is going to change, Terry?”

Oh man. What a subject. Pioneer Outfitters hasn’t had to send any sheep (i.e. hunter and client of Pioneer Outfitters) to court since the last drastic change to the legal definition of “legal sheep” in the Alaska Hunting Regulations, but we have felt the other Outfitter’s pain as if it were our own.

Alaska Hunting Regulations 2011-2012What am I talking about?

A legal ram, in the 2011-2012 State of Alaska Hunting Regulations, is defined as:

“A full-curl ram, whose tip of at least one horn has grown through 360* of a circle described by the outer surface of the horn, as viewed from the side.
(or) A ram with the tips of both horns broken.
(or) A ram at least 8 years old as determined by counting the annual horn rings and segments.
** Because of false annuli, and narrow horn segments’ of older rams, it is difficult and risky to age a ram in the field by counting horn rings.
** If a ram’s horns are not legal based on degree of curl or broken tips, you are responsible for counting at least 8 true annuli before attempting to take the ram.”

There are so many drawbacks to these latest changes. I asked Master Guide Terry Overly to explain this a little better for you.

“However, the wording used in the Alaska Hunting Regulations, {A full curl ram, whose tip of at least one horn has grown through 360* of a circle described by the outer surface of the horn, as viewed from the side.} means Dall Rams in Alaska, to be legal to harvest on full curl must actually be over full curl.

Most Dall Rams, especially in the Wrangell Mountains will not live to be more than 10 years old. With a 40 day Sheep Season, most rams, unless broomed on both sides or with an unusually tight curl will only have two hunting seasons to be potentially taken by a hunter, a guest of Alaska, before they die of old age, Winter or wolves.

That is two hunting seasons or eighty days. I honestly consider this to a waste of an Alaska Game Resource.

I believe that we have a reasonable, biologically sound and economically superior alternative that we will be approaching the Alaska Board of Game with to and for their consideration.”


The under-laying issue is just as frightening and really needs to be acknowledged is the fact that this IS a once in a lifetime opportunity for some, even most, people.
People who save their whole lives to go on their dream of an Alaska Big Game Hunt and we here at Pioneer Outfitters want to be part of helping to make that dream come true. A hunt of a lifetime,  for each and every single guest and client to remember with a glad heart, for the rest of their lives.

(We’ve got your back!)

One other point to remember, we here at Pioneer Outfitters, will use every bit of skill and experience to make sure that when you do take your long awaited trophy, he will be something you can be proud of, in every way.


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