S9:E3 “SURPRISE RAM” Dall Sheep Hunt in Alaska
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S9:E3 “SURPRISE RAM” Dall Sheep Hunt in Alaska

December 6, 2019


– If you asked me
right now, hey Remi, if you could hunt anything in
the world, what would it be? The answer would be sheep. To me, nothing is more appealing than running through the
mountains on a sheep hunt. There’s an allure
to sheep hunting that can’t be matched
by other hunts. Maybe it’s the rarity
that you draw a tag or the fact that
they live in some of the most amazing
environments in the world. But nothing quite
matches the feeling of walking up on a big ram. I’m back. Okay boy. Welcome to Mordor. I bet you want to
see him, don’t you? Boom, look at that guy. – Tell you this right now, I’ll lose it on a big buck like
that to these damn cameras. Patience is definitely
a virtue about now. We’re lazing up. This thing’s a tank. It’s a bad day right there. – [Remi] Most of my
life I spent hunting in various forms
of sheep country. And every once in a
while, things line up, and I get the
opportunity to hunt one. When I do, I soak it in. The mountains of Alaska. It’s the pinnacle
of alpine hunting. Steep terrain, large
wilderness areas, and one of the most incredible
species of big game. The Dall sheep. Alaska requires that all
non-residents hunting Dall sheep must be with a registered guide. Luckily, my good
friend Jeremy Ruesink, of Rogue Expeditions,
fits the bill and offered to take
me on this hunt. We are also joined
by Liam Quinn, coming over from New
Zealand, this will be his first experience
chasing sheep in Alaska. Although not solo, I plan
to self document the trip. It’s too cool of an
experience not to share. Experiencing an amazing
hunt in amazing country, with some great friends,
is what I’m all about. (guitar music) You see that other ram still? Hey, look this way. That’s the Facebook profile,
make sure it’s saved. Better get one more in. That’s the I wanna
buy (whispering) Perfect. Kiwis, you can’t
take ’em anywhere. Once they get off
their highland, they become really awkward. (laughing) I have 10 days for this hunt. The whole thing
will be done on foot from the trail head and back. Carrying our camping gear
’til we make a base camp. Then moving further into the
area ’til we find a good ram. The area is a combination
of valleys and cliffs, littered with big mountains. There’s a lot of up and down. When we get to a higher
vantage, we can see for miles. Picking out the white spots of
sheep through the black shale and in green patches
where they feed. Sheep have been holding
up in these cliffs here. There’s like mineral
deposits and stuff that they’ve been licking in. Today the sheep are
just nowhere to be seen in the basin so, we’ve
got miles to cover. Maybe a couple rams on
the back side of this that we’ve been looking
at but nothing legal. They’ve gotta be full curl so, it’s just a struggle to
find one that’s legal. Here’s look, down ze valley. Looks nice and gradual but,
it’s honest to God not. It’s pretty steep. We moved locations
several times, getting further and
further into the unit. In search of that full curl ram. We’re joined midway
through the hunt by another friend and
guide of Jeremy’s. We see a ton of different
rams, and a lot of sheep. But nothing even
close to full curl. I been carrying these
heavy cameras around for sweat, 7, 8 days,
something like that and haven’t filmed anything
so today I’m like, screw it, if I’m gonna carry it, I’m gonna have it
out and film things. A week in to the hunt, and I’ve had very
few sheep encounters. We’ve put on a lot of
miles to find a legal ram, but I’ve yet to turn one up. Limited on batteries and weight, I’ve been keeping my
filming to a minimum. Now, it’s down to
the last few days, and I know I have enough
to film as much as I want. So I break out the cameras
to capture more of the hunt. (guitar music) With only a few
days left to hunt, we walk over the last
ridge in our view. To get a look at
some fresh country. With the hope that we will find what we’re looking for,
just over the rise. (slow guitar music) Oh what’s that one down there? Is that what you’re looking at? That’s a ram. Let me see that scope. Quick, hand me the scope. Make sure he looked
like a good ram, right in the bottom
there, coming up the side. I’m gonna just hit the binos. Oh, man he’s a long ways away. – Did you range
across this valley? – No, you got that
range finder handy? – Yeah. – [Remi] Can you tell much? – [Jeremy] What’s that? – [Remi] Can you just
tell if he’s close? – [Jeremy] It looks
really good I can tell we’ve got way up it’s just like, – [Remi] The angle. – [Jeremy] I had no idea. – Let me take one
last look at it. – [Jeremy] I think it’s
something we should. – [Remi] A long way
off I spot a ram that looks substantially bigger than anything up to this point. I get a scope on it to verify. For a ram to be legal, its horn
must make a complete circle, growing its tip to a
length where it appears to have passed the base of
its horn from a side view. This is called full curl. Yeah, I mean, pretty much, he’s sucking way back
on himself, you know? It’d be hard for him not
to be in that legal range. As we watch the ram in the
distance, it looks good. Definitely worth a closer look. But we don’t have enough
time to get there tonight. So we watch him ’til
dark and plan on making the long trek there
in the morning. With our fingers crossed, we hope he’ll still
be in the vicinity. (whispering) Well it’s day seven or eight. Really only seen one legal ram, and it’s a long ways away. Hopefully that ram puts
himself in a position ’cause last night I spotted him. He wasn’t even close to
somewhere I could get to. But, thought is
maybe he’ll come down and I want to be
there if he does. Where I spotted the sheep,
it’s a good three miles, four miles maybe, and we’ve
got a range in between us. So, it’s pretty much my
last day to get over there ’cause it’s a two day pack out. And I’ve only got two days
before I’ve gotta be out of here so, this is the last hoorah. Well, this is the first
leg and it’s not even done. Coming up over this range
and then down the backside. I’m already a ways
up in this bowl, but just gotta climb this ridge and start running
down the backside and it’s four times the
elevation and just as steep. Here’s the valley
where I came up from. Bottom over there. (heavily breathing) That big peak in the background, that’s where the ram was. It’s a good ways away. But, gonna try to day hunt, probably dropping
down 3,000 feet. So it’s gonna be a
haul coming back up but, last chance, today. There’s a bunch of ewes
over there, holy cow. Gotta make it happen today, man. I’d really like to take a
Dall sheep so, now or never. On the way over, I spot the ram, rounding the mountain
across from us. And he’s heading our way. We’ve got a ram. It just came up in this
valley we’ve been watching. And it looks like he’s,
very good potential he might be legal. So we’re gonna drop down, try to get around and get a
better look at him more level ’cause we’re looking down. We spot what looks
like a good ram. And he’s on the move,
walking toward us. We need to get a closer look, so as soon as he
walks out of sight, we hustle to drop
down the mountain to get a closer position
for when he pops back out. We get in to position just
before the ram reappears. He is closer than
we were expecting, and is now within range. We set up the scopes to
really analyze the ram and make sure he’s full curl
before I pull the trigger. What is your assessment
on him so far, ’cause you’ve been
looking at him. Does he look legal to you? – [Jeremy] Yes, and I
think he’s got eight, like it’s like if there’s curl. I can count seven,
eight growth rings. Definitely seven. – [Remi] He looks so pretty
damn good it seems like. (shot firing) Are we recording? – Joke, I’m not
gonna say it’s spent. – Holy cow guys, I didn’t
think it was gonna happen. He looks like a pretty good ram. Holy smokes guys. Thank you. There were a lot of miles
put in to this hunt. So to reach down
and grab the horns is an unbelievable feeling. Sheep are one of the animals
that I’m crazy about. Just to be able to watch them and be in their habitat is
an incredible experience. To lay your hands
on the massive horns is what I dream of as a hunter. The opportunity is rare, and
it makes occasions like this that much more surreal. Good thing is they
are tasty animals. Good chops. See how clean that is? – That’s a pretty
good trick, man. – [Remi] The hunt is
not over at the shot. In fact, it’s only
halfway through. Now you have to pack
up all your stuff, the meat, and camp. For some reason, this is
one of my favorite parts. I like the wait,
and knowing that it is not for the
faint of heart. The feeling that all the
effort is worth it in the end. The beautiful
glaciers behind me. And, pretty much the last day
we had to make a monster trek, and we ended up with a good ram. Good team effort by everyone. Just a lot of long, hard
days without any legal rams. And then it turns out
that at the last day, we end up with a
really nice ram.

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  1. Hey Remi,
    I see that you were using the vortex razor HD in this hunt. What was the power magnification? I'm looking into getting the razor bino for this upcoming season, but was wondering what's your opinion on the best magnification power? I backpack in 7 miles and I don't carry a spotting scope. My hunting view is from 300yd to 1,000yd. I have a 10×42 at the moment and was thinking about getting a 10×50 or should I go 12×50? Would a 12×50 be okay for hand held? Always look forward to viewing your hunts.

    Thanks.

  2. Excellent hunt and nice video, thanks for sharing. Recently I bought some hunting accessories which are cheap and good. Now I recommend to you all. https://www.souforce-hunting.com/products/

  3. You fucking psychopathic asshole…you're killing a defenseless beautiful animal and then shamelessly bragging about it by posting it on Youtube…you retarded bastard

  4. На каком расстоянии вы можете стрелять из пистолета и вашего калибра(любого калибра)?

  5. I get dramatic value and all that but how bout a vid where you get a result on the first day or so, instead of the last couple hours, every time?

  6. It never ceases to amaze me how well conditioned you guys are. I'm not sure many people understand just how hard it is just to function at altitude much less running up and down hills all day. You guys are awesome

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