Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Dall Sheep

Offered by Joey Klutsch

The Dall Sheep (Ovis dalli dalli) is perhaps one of the most iconic big game animals in Alaska. It is by far the most physically demanding of all hunts but the rewards of a successful hunt are immeasurable. For the hunter who is physically and mentally prepared, fair chase hunting Dall Sheep is an experience that has no comparison. I hunt the North-Eastern portion of the Brooks Range, located in the world-famous Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a designated wilderness area. The area I am permitted to guide in is home to some of the highest sheep population densities in the state. It has historically produced high-quality rams usually in the 33 – 36 inch range, some going larger. The average ages of rams our hunter’s harvest are 9-10, with some going older. This is also one of the most removed areas you can hunt. The sheer vastness and beauty of the Arctic will leave a lasting impression.

Dall Sheep hunts take place during August and the first week of September. Hunting is all backpack style, spot, and stalk. The walking is surprisingly easy for those who are prepared but hunters should be ready to walk many miles with a heavy pack. We hunt as a mobile unit, moving camp as needed hunting the rugged upper valleys until we find a band of old age class rams to go after. Once we find a ram we like, we watch and wait for the right time to make a stalk on him. This may be a matter of minutes or several days. Patience is key. Grizzly Bear and Caribou may be taken at any time during the hunt on a trophy fee basis.

  • Season: August 7 – 19 or August 19-29
  • Price: $23,000 for sheep
  • Optional Trophy Fee (hunter may choose either species or both species):
    • $7,500 for grizzly
    • $4,000 for caribou
  • Not included: Round trip air charter fee, from King Salmon to camp and back: $2000 (payable to air charter company on arrival into King Salmon)
  • Dall Sheep Locking Tag:
    • $850 (Non-Resident)
    • $1,100 (Non-Resident Alien)
  • Brown/Grizzly Bear Locking Tag:
    • $1,000 (Non-Resident)
    • $1,300 (Non-Resident Alien)
  • Caribou Locking Tag:
    • $650 (Non-Resident)
    • $850 (Non-Resident Alien)
  • Wolf Locking Tag:
    • $60 (Non-Resident)
    • $100 (Non-Resident Alien)
  • Hunting License:
    • $160 (Non-Resident)
    • $630 (Non-Resident Alien)
  • Other Cost: $150 Hunters Preservation Fund contribution

Wolf may be taken at no additional charge, no tag fee