I took my first ram on September 6, 1966 in the Kenai Mountains. He was 37 1/2" and scored 156 B&C. What a great start for a sheep hunter. I was hooked. I have on cheap rubber boots and used a GI pack board. This was a week-end hunt that started Saturday morning and lasted until 2:30 A.M. Monday morning.
My First Ram
A young man of 22 with my first ram.
The was my 2nd ram. He was a 33 incher and I took him in Camp Creek in the Chugach Mountains.
My first 40"
I took my first 40" in the Eagle River drainage back in 1970. We came in from Girdwood and side-hilled Raven Creek valley. Then we went over the ridge to Camp Creek. Long way to go.
I have my first 40" ram on my back 12 air miles from the road. Tough pack.
After about a 30 mile week-end round trip from Girdwood to Eagle River with a sheep on your back.
1st Sheep I Shot With A Bow
Shot this ram below Organ Mountain on a hill surrounded by hanging glaciers. Russ Ludke actually killed him.
Two of my friends on one of our weekend hunts. (R to L) Skip Phillips and Andy Whah with two full curl rams taken in the 70's.
Harold crossing Eagle River in the Chugach Mountains.
Typical Roger Sheep Camp
A piece of visqueen was our tent in the early days. Cheap and expendable.
Dave Fannin with his nice tight 36" full curl and a 37" winter kill pick-up that I found below Organ Mountain. See "Sheep Hunting The Chugach Mountains."
Me with a Dall Ram Taken with my Recurve Bow
Ram scored 157 Pope and Young taken out of the Wrangell Mountains
My Largest Ram
Harvested this heavy 40" back on the Chitina Glacier in 1977. He scored 167 2/8 B&C.
Me With My Capped 40" Ram
I had just finished capping and skinning my big ram. Steep sheep country with Chitina Glacier in the background.
Charles with his 40" ram that scored 163 B&C. The tip to tip spread was 35 1/2". He shot this one in the same area that I took my 40". The Chitina Glacier in the Wrangell Mts.
Chuck with his "double broomed" 36" Dall ram.
We were packing out of the Chitina Glacier area and a Wisconsin hunter took this photo. He couldn't believe resident hunters could kill sheep that big. We were known as the guys in the blue tarp on the white ice. (L to R) Chuck Berry(broomed 36"), Ron Watts (36 1/2"), myself (40") and Charles (40"). Great hunt!!
Kenai Sheep Hunt
My friend Earl out of tent during a blowing snow storm.
38" Tok Ram
Took this ram in the Tok Management area in 1980.
Tok Draw Area
Ron and me with our Tok rams taken in 1980.
My Longest, A 41"
I took this 41" ram back on the Chitina Glacier in the late 70's.
Ron with his 40", 170 2/8 B&C points. This was the largest ram we have taken. That was the year I shot my 41".
Me holding my 41" ram with the Chitina Glacier in the background.
Ron And Me
Ron and me with his 40" and my 41" with the Chitina Glacier in the back ground.
A Bad Overnight Camp
This was not a restful night.
Barnard Glacier Rams
Two young airman that I hunted with in the early 80's with two dandy rams taken in the rugged part of the Barnard Glacier in the Wrangell Mountains. (R to L) Gordy Heinen and Scottie Bailey.
Glacier Country in The Wrangell Mountains
A beautiful day in rugged glacier country. See story "Hunting Sheep In Glacier Country."
This was the oldest ram that I harvested. He was 15 years old. I took him back in 1974. He was broomed at the 5th year on one side and the 4 year on the other. He was only 33"
Great Sheep Hunt
This was back at Middle Mtn. Lake between the Logan and Chitina Glaciers. We were waiting for Ken Bunch to pick us up. (L to R) Dick Hettinga (36 1/2 with 15 1/4" bases), George Elledge (37 1/2" x 14"), Brent Jones (40" x 14") and me with the 15 year old (33"). Plus we picked up 4 sets of winter kills.
Fake World Record
We had picked up some winter kill horns and I added one set to the other. I think I did a good job of hiding how they were put together. I tricked many of my friends with this photo.
My good friend Lyle Thompson with a 37 1/2" "double broomed" ram taken in the Tonsina Glacier country. I only did one hunt in that area.
My 1st And My Largest
My Daughter Michelle
Michelle on her first and only sheep hunt in the Kenai Mountains. We didn't take a sheep but what a blast. Great memories.
My Horn Mounts
These are mounts that I did with my sheep horns. Top (L to R) my 157 point P&Y, my 38" Tok Management ram. Bottom (L to R) 41" ram and my 1st 40" ram.
Ron and me with his beautiful 38 1/4" ram. Ron was my first guided sheep hunter. I was working for Rich Guthrie in the Brooks Range.
Sonny and me with his heavy based 37 6/8" ram. This was Sonny's third sheep hunt with no ram. It was my easiest sheep hunt ever. He was only 100' from the valley floor about a 1/2 mile from my tent. This was in the Brooks Range while working for Rich Guthrie.
Tom J And Me With The Hayden Brothers
Photo was taken August 1983 when I was guiding for Rich Guthrie in the Brooks Range. Ken Hayden in middle left and Ron Hayden middle right both from CO. Both sheep were over 38".
Mike Dobransky and Bob Gourley
AAA's first two sheep hunters, Mike Dobransky from Anchorage, AK on the left with his 40" ram and Bob Gourley from Tucson, AZ with his 39" ram.
Bob and me with his beautiful 39" ram we took off Canyon Creek Glacier. This was the first ram I guided on for AAA Alaskan Outfitters.
Beautiful Sheep Country
Dan and me with two clients walking the ridge above Cave Creek in '85.
Kunt with the horns of his 37" ram with Pyramid Peak in the background.
Kurt, from Liechtenstein, and me with his 37" ram taken in Young Creek. At the time he was the only person in his country to harvest a Dall sheep.
Tim and me with his 40" ram he took in the Canyon Creek breaks in 1986. Tim was on a return hunt after missing a 41 incher the year before.
A 41" Ram
I'm holding a 41" 165 point ram that a Wolverine killed in our area in 1985. You can see the bullet hole in the left horn. This was the sheep Tim Orton had shot at and missed that year.
Jim and me with his 160 4/8 ram taken in Canyon Creek in 1985.
Packing Jim Vanderbeek's big ram back to spike camp.
Leonard with his 40" ram taken in 1988. His sheep was the big one in AAA's marketing video.
AAA Alaskan Outfitters First Add
This was our first add that we did in 1985. We were 100% successful on sheep, goat and moose our first year in the Wrangell's.
John and me with his 39" ram taken on the Canyon Creek Glacier back in 1990.
Matt and me with his heavy 37" Dall ram. This is the furthest up Canyon Creek Glacier that we harvested a ram. Rough country.
John and me with his 39 1/2" ram taken in Young Creek back in 1993.
40" Ram Snagged By A Tree
Tom Wells 40" ram snagged by a tree as it rolled down the mountain. Worst recovery ever.
Tom and me with his super heavy horned ram.
My Last Year Guiding Sheep Hunters
Myself and guide Jeremiah Simmons with the rugged and beautiful Canyon Creek Glacier behind us. Photo was taken in 2004 right after my 60th birthday.
This was one of the many pick-ups that Paul Claus had in an old storage tent.
My Wife And Me
Karen and me on an anniversary sheep hunt. Snow, rain and clouds so no sheep but a wonderful time. She was a trooper.
Granddaughter's First Sheep
My granddaughter, Rachel, my son-in-law Sagen and me with Rachel's 38" ram taken in Tok, Alaska.
My Granddaughter Rachel
Rachel, age 10, with her 38" ram taken in the Tok Management Area in 2005.
Rachel sleeping out without a sleeping bag after taking her first ram.
Not a bad night.
Rachel and Me
My granddaughter and me after spending the night out without our sleeping bags.
My grand daughter Rachel on the cover of the APHA magazine.
My Grandson Jared
Jared, age 13, on his first sheep hunt in the Delta Controlled Area. He had just slept out overnight without a sleeping bag. We didn't get a sheep and still had a 26 mile hike out. That's sheep hunting.
Jared's First Sheep Hunt
Sitting above July Creek at the 5000 ft level in the Delta Controlled area.
Jared's First Night Without His Sleeping Bag
Jared and me trying to sleep without sleeping bags. It can get cold up there.
Jared, age 15, and me with his 33" ram taken on his third sheep hunt. He had a bad guide. The ram was taken in the Delta Controlled Area.
My grandson Jared with his first ram taken in the Delta permit area.
Jared sleeping out the second time without a sleeping bag. This time however, he had killed his ram.
Jared getting ready to pack out. This time will be a fun 4 wheeler trip instead of the long hike out. Great hunt!!
My grandsons Jared, Nathan and me on a sheep hunt in 2015. Didn't take a ram but had a good time.
Sagen and me packing out from a long hard pack.
My grandson Jared and me on our last sheep hunt. I wrote a story about being to old for backpack hunts. Check it out.