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ALASKA’S RIVER WILD ADVENTURES 2018 FALL HUNTING SEASON IS OFFICIALLY OVER. AND BOY WHAT A RIDE IT WAS!!! SEEMS LIKE AUGUST 5TH, 2018 WAS A LIFETIME AGO!

Per-se-ver-ance... noun, meaning steadfastness in doing something, despite difficulty. Anyone that has hunted Alaska, much less hunted wild sheep, knows difficulty!

Perseverance, hands down, defines Alaska's River Wild Adventures 2018 season!

How does one get a 18,000 pound truck to a remote location? How does a young lady climb a mountain with swollen kidneys and spleen due to mono? How does a ram take two to the rib cage and just walk over the mountain? How does a guy lace up his boots and pound the rocks for 10 days straight? These are just a few of the stories from the 2018 season, which we have titled "Perseverance".

All in all, ARWA had a good season, going 6 for 8 on sheep, 2 for 2 on moose and a bonus black bear.

The story of this season started last year when Seth came across a military equipment surplus auction. As soon as he saw the M1078 transport vehicle, he knew that all our transportation difficulties in the Alaska Range were over, high water...large rocks...no problem! Only there was one problem: how do we get this 18,000 pound machine out to camp? As fate would have it, an environmental construction company (whom my wife works for) was set to conduct a clean up project out near our hunting area. It's who you know sometimes, right?! As the project was wrapping up, ARWA was able to "sneak" the truck and a pile of materials onto the last C-130 Hercules transport plane. Imagine a plane that big, landing in such a remote area! It was quite a sight! And what a difference the truck made this year! The M1078 was quickly nicknamed Kong. Low and behold, the first week of the season was rain and lots of high water. No problem! Kong, with about 5,000 pounds of materials and supplies in the back, strapped up to the two little trucks and dragged them through the high water crossings like they were nothing! Kong has undoubtedly redefined our motor pool in sheep camp.

Unexpectedly, opening week turned out to be youth week at ARWA. Conrad (15) and Nolan (13) Hens along with their dad (Jim), Tyler (camera man), Jon (guide) and Jacob (guide) drew first blood. The boys found a group of rams on day 2 and quickly got setup. It wasn't quite a one, two, three situation, but the boys got it done! Conrad took a 11 year old that was 39 and change on its long side and 11 inches on the other. This ram was nick named "hell boy" back in 2014 due to his broken, ground down horn. Truly one of the most unique rams ARWA has ever taken! Nolan took aim next and connected with his second shot on a nice, tipped out, full curl Dall. Both rams dropped within feet of each other and the mountain erupted with cheers from the entire cast!!!


Madison Moore(18) along with her dad (Kevin), GW (packer) and myself, put in 42+ miles in 3 days of hunting! Finding a bowl full of rams on day 4, we decided the best play was to go up and around to get above them for a shot. Once on top, we started to traverse the rim. Just as we were closing in, I noticed a single ram in the opposite valley. With a quick look at the single ram we made a mad descent for him. From 411 yards out, Madison laid prone and made a solid shot on the 39 inch ram with 14 inch bases! However, after a couple days of feeling worn out, Madison took a turn for the worst. Kevin flew her back to Anchorage and headed for the ER. Turns out, Madison had come down with Mononucleosis and her spleen was on the verge of rupturing. I don't know of too many people that would, or could, sheep hunt with the amount of pain she must have been in. Madison is one tough gal! And I'm happy to report that she is on the mend and has started her freshman year of college in Ireland.

Hunt two started out with rain and fog and ended with rain, snow showers and fog. Luckily there were some nice days in between. Jerry Heath took advantage of decent weather on day two with a nice 300+ yard shot on a beautiful 10 year old, 37 inch ram! Jerry followed up the rest of the week with a lot of rest and relaxation. Lee Allen had the unimaginable happen! Lee and Jon found a mature ram and promptly put 2 rounds through the rams ribs at a range of 340 yards. Thinking that the ram would go down any second, they elected not to shot a third time. And before the guys new it, the ram stepped over the ridge. Fully confident the ram was dead on the other side they made their way up and looked over. No ram!!! The two followed blood and tracks until the fog and dark turned them away. The following day they continued the search and after an exhausting climb they found the ram feeding. Yes, feeding with a hole in its side, like nothing had happened! Lee was able to get a second chance on the 10 year old, 36.5 inch ram and made it count! Daniel Worrel and Jacob took a side street early on in the hunt to harvest a beautiful black bear! Once back on track the guys found a shooter ram on day 8 in a rather inapproachable location. With nothing to lose they donned on the whites and went for broke. At 500 yards the ram became nervous at the rather strange looking sheep and Dan took the shot. Unfortunately, the shot missed its mark and the ram stepped out of sight. By the time the ram reappeared he was over 600 yards out and moving. With the element of surprise lost, the guys elected to back out with hopes of getting another chance at him. However, Lady Luck had other plans. According to Dan's GPS, he and Jacob put on 102 miles and 22,000 vertical feet in 10 days. If that's not the sheep hunting definition of perseverance, I don't know what is!

Hunt three was a light week for ARWA with only JT Rusnock in camp. With just a small amount of persuasion, JT elected to upgrade his hunt into a moose/sheep combo hunt. First stop was moose camp with guide Jon and packer GW. It didn't take long for JT to tip over a nice 56 inch bull with good brow tines and long points! After 2 days of packing meat and a couple weather days, JT and Jon were able to transition over into sheep camp.

Hunt four was the last hoorah for the season. JT continued on with his sheep pursuit. After a missed opportunity on day 12, he was able to seal the deal on day 13 with a mature, heavy, 10 year old Dall! John Glidden and guide Jacob were putting in the time and miles on John's hunt. Again, perseverance played a large role with over 80 miles and 16,000 vertical feet recorded in the 10 day period. On two different occasions in particular, when John and Jacob zigged the rams zagged and the guys just couldn't put it together. Just bad luck! Mark Glover returned for a second go at the chance to harvest a bull moose. The hunt started off slow due to unseasonably warm weather. Nine days and 11 sub legal bulls later, we were starting to wonder if it was going to happen. After a 45 minute game of chess with one of the prettiest bulls I've ever seen, Mark was able to take his dream bull at 209 yards with one shot! To quote Mark, "this is one of those bulls that you see in Cabelas". The bull measured 54 inches wide with some of the heaviest palmated fronts I've ever seen!!!

ARWA would like to thank its all star cast of guides and packers for a great season. But most importantly, our valued clients! Without you, we would not be able to enjoy this special place in Alaska. And I speak for the entire River Wild crew, Thank you!!!

ALASKA’S RIVER WILD ADVENTURES 2018 FALL HUNTING SEASON IS OFFICIALLY OVER. AND BOY WHAT A RIDE IT WAS!!! SEEMS LIKE AUGUST 5TH, 2018 WAS A LIFETIME AGO!

Per-se-ver-ance... noun, meaning steadfastness in doing something, despite difficulty. Anyone that has hunted Alaska, much less hunted wild sheep, knows difficulty!

Perseverance, hands down, defines Alaska's River Wild Adventures 2018 season!

How does one get a 18,000 pound truck to a remote location? How does a young lady climb a mountain with swollen kidneys and spleen due to mono? How does a ram take two to the rib cage and just walk over the mountain? How does a guy lace up his boots and pound the rocks for 10 days straight? These are just a few of the stories from the 2018 season, which we have titled "Perseverance".

All in all, ARWA had a good season, going 6 for 8 on sheep, 2 for 2 on moose and a bonus black bear.

The story of this season started last year when Seth came across a military equipment surplus auction. As soon as he saw the M1078 transport vehicle, he knew that all our transportation difficulties in the Alaska Range were over, high water...large rocks...no problem! Only there was one problem: how do we get this 18,000 pound machine out to camp? As fate would have it, an environmental construction company (whom my wife works for) was set to conduct a clean up project out near our hunting area. It's who you know sometimes, right?! As the project was wrapping up, ARWA was able to "sneak" the truck and a pile of materials onto the last C-130 Hercules transport plane. Imagine a plane that big, landing in such a remote area! It was quite a sight! And what a difference the truck made this year! The M1078 was quickly nicknamed Kong. Low and behold, the first week of the season was rain and lots of high water. No problem! Kong, with about 5,000 pounds of materials and supplies in the back, strapped up to the two little trucks and dragged them through the high water crossings like they were nothing! Kong has undoubtedly redefined our motor pool in sheep camp.

Unexpectedly, opening week turned out to be youth week at ARWA. Conrad (15) and Nolan (13) Hens along with their dad (Jim), Tyler (camera man), Jon (guide) and Jacob (guide) drew first blood. The boys found a group of rams on day 2 and quickly got setup. It wasn't quite a one, two, three situation, but the boys got it done! Conrad took a 11 year old that was 39 and change on its long side and 11 inches on the other. This ram was nick named "hell boy" back in 2014 due to his broken, ground down horn. Truly one of the most unique rams ARWA has ever taken! Nolan took aim next and connected with his second shot on a nice, tipped out, full curl Dall. Both rams dropped within feet of each other and the mountain erupted with cheers from the entire cast!!!


Madison Moore(18) along with her dad (Kevin), GW (packer) and myself, put in 42+ miles in 3 days of hunting! Finding a bowl full of rams on day 4, we decided the best play was to go up and around to get above them for a shot. Once on top, we started to traverse the rim. Just as we were closing in, I noticed a single ram in the opposite valley. With a quick look at the single ram we made a mad descent for him. From 411 yards out, Madison laid prone and made a solid shot on the 39 inch ram with 14 inch bases! However, after a couple days of feeling worn out, Madison took a turn for the worst. Kevin flew her back to Anchorage and headed for the ER. Turns out, Madison had come down with Mononucleosis and her spleen was on the verge of rupturing. I don't know of too many people that would, or could, sheep hunt with the amount of pain she must have been in. Madison is one tough gal! And I'm happy to report that she is on the mend and has started her freshman year of college in Ireland.

Hunt two started out with rain and fog and ended with rain, snow showers and fog. Luckily there were some nice days in between. Jerry Heath took advantage of decent weather on day two with a nice 300+ yard shot on a beautiful 10 year old, 37 inch ram! Jerry followed up the rest of the week with a lot of rest and relaxation. Lee Allen had the unimaginable happen! Lee and Jon found a mature ram and promptly put 2 rounds through the rams ribs at a range of 340 yards. Thinking that the ram would go down any second, they elected not to shot a third time. And before the guys new it, the ram stepped over the ridge. Fully confident the ram was dead on the other side they made their way up and looked over. No ram!!! The two followed blood and tracks until the fog and dark turned them away. The following day they continued the search and after an exhausting climb they found the ram feeding. Yes, feeding with a hole in its side, like nothing had happened! Lee was able to get a second chance on the 10 year old, 36.5 inch ram and made it count! Daniel Worrel and Jacob took a side street early on in the hunt to harvest a beautiful black bear! Once back on track the guys found a shooter ram on day 8 in a rather inapproachable location. With nothing to lose they donned on the whites and went for broke. At 500 yards the ram became nervous at the rather strange looking sheep and Dan took the shot. Unfortunately, the shot missed its mark and the ram stepped out of sight. By the time the ram reappeared he was over 600 yards out and moving. With the element of surprise lost, the guys elected to back out with hopes of getting another chance at him. However, Lady Luck had other plans. According to Dan's GPS, he and Jacob put on 102 miles and 22,000 vertical feet in 10 days. If that's not the sheep hunting definition of perseverance, I don't know what is!

Hunt three was a light week for ARWA with only JT Rusnock in camp. With just a small amount of persuasion, JT elected to upgrade his hunt into a moose/sheep combo hunt. First stop was moose camp with guide Jon and packer GW. It didn't take long for JT to tip over a nice 56 inch bull with good brow tines and long points! After 2 days of packing meat and a couple weather days, JT and Jon were able to transition over into sheep camp.

Hunt four was the last hoorah for the season. JT continued on with his sheep pursuit. After a missed opportunity on day 12, he was able to seal the deal on day 13 with a mature, heavy, 10 year old Dall! John Glidden and guide Jacob were putting in the time and miles on John's hunt. Again, perseverance played a large role with over 80 miles and 16,000 vertical feet recorded in the 10 day period. On two different occasions in particular, when John and Jacob zigged the rams zagged and the guys just couldn't put it together. Just bad luck! Mark Glover returned for a second go at the chance to harvest a bull moose. The hunt started off slow due to unseasonably warm weather. Nine days and 11 sub legal bulls later, we were starting to wonder if it was going to happen. After a 45 minute game of chess with one of the prettiest bulls I've ever seen, Mark was able to take his dream bull at 209 yards with one shot! To quote Mark, "this is one of those bulls that you see in Cabelas". The bull measured 54 inches wide with some of the heaviest palmated fronts I've ever seen!!!

ARWA would like to thank its all star cast of guides and packers for a great season. But most importantly, our valued clients! Without you, we would not be able to enjoy this special place in Alaska. And I speak for the entire River Wild crew, Thank you!!!

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ALASKA’S RIVER WILD ADVENTURES 2017 FALL HUNTING SEASON IS OFFICIALLY OVER. AND BOY WHAT A RIDE IT WAS!!! SEEMS LIKE AUGUST 5TH, 2017 WAS A LIFETIME AGO!

The entire cast and crew of ARWA’s could not be more proud of how the season turned out!!! Overall, we went 8 for 8 on Dall sheep, 3 for 4 on moose, plus 3 black bears. Almost identical to our 2016 season. This makes back to back years of 100% success on sheep!!! The number I’m most impressed with...was the age class of rams that we harvested this season. ARWA’s average was 10.25 years old, 36 inches long with 13.25 inch bases. Six of the 8 rams taken this season were broomed! Truly an average to write home about!

I can not express my appreciation enough to ALL that were involved! And most importantly, to our 2017 clients. Without our clients, ARWA’s would not exist!

ARWA’s was proud to kick the season off with Tim Pask and welcome back repeat client, Jason Nielson accompanied by son, Chandler.

Tim got the ball rolling by taking a true “war lord” of a ram; that remarkably, resembles a Rocky Mountain big horn! A 11 year old ram with great mass and both horns broomed way back.

Jason and Chandler were persevering through a bit of bad luck early on into the hunt. After suffering 2 blown stalks and a bad weather day, they were able to pull off a double on two beautiful rams at once. Chandler's 8 year old ram has the wide gapping flare and measured 34'' ,while Jason's 10 year old ram has more of the boxy look with a tighter curl that measured close to 36" on his long side . On the last day of the hunt, Chandler was able to add a nice 6 foot black bear to the list. Truly a remarkable and memorable father and son hunt!

Between the first and second hunt, Jeff and Jimmy (aka the "brew crew") came in to preform a little makeover on the roadhouse. Which was/is much needed, might I add! And I'm proud to report, that it has become a place of comfort and not just a garage with a cook stove.

Hunt two, ARWA’s was joined by two long time friends, Amy Biondich and Bill Becker. Amy took her ram on day 3 which happened to coincide with her birthday. The 10 year old “birthday ram” measured 35" with 13.5" bases and was celebrated in true fashion that night! Bill had to put in a little tent time on the mountain, but was handsomely rewarded with a heavy 11 year old monarch of a ram! The ram measured 36'' on the long side with 13.5" bases. Bill too, was able to top off his Alaska hunt with a nice black bear a few days later.

The third hunt is when ARWA's went through a bit of a transition. Jon (guide), Kevin (guide) and Jacob (packer) continued on with the sheep hunts with incoming client Jim Conrad. While Peter (guide), Ben (packer) and I (guide) switched gears and camps to pursue moose with incoming clients Todd Williams and Mark Glover.

Jim Conrad persevered through a tremendous wind storm and pulled off a great shot on a 11 year old ram early into his 10 day hunt. Jim's ram just so happened to be the twin brother of Bill Becker's ram.

The moose hunting was hot right out of the gate! Todd Williams could have tagged a mid 50's bull within the first hour of his hunt but elected to pass. I agreed with his decision and was willing to hold out to see what else we could dig up. On the morning of day 8 a 57.5" bull was just a little to close to our look out hill and Todd tipped him over. We had that bull back in Anchorage and completely processed within 48 hours. Can't say I've ever heard that kind of turn around before!

Mark Glover on the other hand, couldn't get a bull to cooperate. Mark and Peter put the chase on a 60+" bull early on in the hunt but the bull zigged and they must of zagged. Because that bull was never seen again. Mark and Peter continued to see all sorts of critters (lynx, dall sheep, bison, wolves and moose) throughout the hunt, but nothing that stood out to pull the trigger on.

On the fourth hunt Guy Wells and Marty Cook were welcomed into sheep camp, while returning clients, Carl and Brad Weiss were welcomed into moose camp.

It literally, didn't take but a day or two for Marty and Guy to tag out. Both rams were taken within the same hour and within a mile of each other! Their rams turned out to be 10 and 11 year olds with broomed horns and measuring 37" on the long side. Marty got in a little extra shooting by taking a black bear a few days later.

Brad and Carl kicked off their moose hunt with a little pike fishing the day they flew into camp. The moose hunting started off a bit slow. Day 4 turned out to be the warmest day yet. But a nice bull presented himself over a mile away and it took two separate stalks plus a little luck for Brad and I to dig out the very weary 61'' bull and get him tipped over! Brad wanted to try it with a bow but the wind and the bull had the final say in the weapon of choice. Nonetheless, it was super exciting to call this bull to within 100 yards and play "ring around the rosie"!

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg with these hunting stories!

Again... Alaska's River Wild and I would like to thank everyone that contributed to another tremendous season!!! And we are looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in-store!

If you are in the neighborhood...Please come see us at the shows:

- Dallas Safari Club, January 4-7 in booth #1422 and or the

- Wild Sheep Foundation, January 18 -20 in booth #900