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Double...double...with a bit of trouble.

Alaska's River Wild Adventures 2019 season was a huge success!

Overall,  ARWA went 9 for 9 on Dall sheep and 2 for 3 on moose, with bonuses of 1 caribou and 1 grizzly. This makes 3 out of the last 4 years with a success rate of 100% on rams! ARWA's average ram harvested this season was once again above the states average, with an overall age of 10.5 years and a length of 37.25 inches. The only trouble to speak of transpired before the 

season even started. Unfortunately, 2 clients had to cancel their hunts  just a couple weeks before they were to take place. 

week 1

Week one, ARWA welcomed the return of Jerry Heath with his son, Brian, in tow. Jerry harvested a nice ram the season before and wanted to treat Brian to a similar experience. Brian fell right into the groove, putting on the miles and spiking out. He was rewarded for all his efforts and took a terrific 10 year old, 37.5 inch ram after 8 days of hunting. The other two clients, Jonathan Angner and Al Jones were delayed and couldn't make opening day but that didn't handicap them one bit. They found a couple shooter rams on their first outing but had to sit on them for half a day. The rams were bedded in a unapproachable spot but finally the rams fed up and over. The chase was on and the gap was closed. By the lights end, which is just before midnight, a 10 year old, 35.5 inch ram and a 13 year old, 39.75 inch ram were loaded in the packs! But that isn't the end of the story. The guys got to experience a night out on the mountain with no tent or sleeping bag. Arriving back at camp some 25 hours later with two rams is an unforgettable experience, to say the least! And to cap it off Jonathan tipped over a nice bull caribou at 501 yards! 

Week 2

Week two we welcomed in Andrew Lunt and Joe Van Rooy along with John Glidden for a redemption hunt. John put in a full 10 days last season chasing two different legal rams only to come up a hair short. Not this year though! On day one John and crew got into a large band of rams. The group studied them for a number of hours and decided to back out. The following day they returned with a spike camp, along with Andrew and his guide. They were well prepared to do whatever it took to tip over two rams. After waiting all day for the thermals to turn around, the entourage made a move. As we moved in a grizzly popped out of no where and started

paralleling us towards the rams. And just like that, our rams were buggered. With our heads low we made our way back to spike camp. The following day we woke before day break and made our way up into sheep country with hopes that the rams would return. Surprisingly enough, the rams were there but broken up into smaller groups. John and Andrew were able to sneak, crawl and shimmy to within shooting range. And at the count of three, two shots rang out and two nice rams were down! John's being a 9 year old, 36 inch ram with a nice flair and Andrew's being a 11 year old bruiser at 37.75 inches. Joe and his crew pulled the second all nighter of

the season. Spotting the ram of a lifetime they threw caution to the wind and went for it, leaving the spike camp behind and going into a whole other drainage. As the light was fading Joe pulled the trigger on a spectacular 40.75 inch ram! Somewhere in his story I heard the term "black out, pack out"! Ha!!! Fitting since Joe and his crew didn't make base camp until 8:30 the following morning. And after a well deserved rest had to retrace to retrieve the spike camp that they left behind.

week 3

Week three, we welcomed John Baer, Dan Klein and Pat Feenstra. John and Dan were on 20 day combo hunts and were in it for the long haul. Dan didn't waste any time...tipping over a magnificent 58 inch bull moose with 4x4 fronts and a drop tine on day two. To keep it rolling, he then connected on one of the prettiest rams of the season on day five. A wide, shallow flaring 38 inch, 9 year old. A super ram! To top it off, Dan harvested a beautiful 7 foot grizzly bear on day nine. Talk about the best trifecta someone could ever ask for! John Baer was on his 100th plus trip to Alaska but only his second Dall sheep hunt. John was actually moose hunting when they spotted three rams fairly low on the side of a mountain. With nothing to lose, we jumped on the atv and went for a closer look. Within an hour's ride and a 30 minute hike the rams were spotted in the trees. Yes, trees! So, after a short game of cat and mouse, John took a rifle rest in the fork of a birch tree and harvested a 13 year old warrior of a ram at just 80 yards! If I wouldn't have been the guide on this hunt, I would have never believed it! Truly unbelievable!!! John's streak of luck would keep going and on day nine, after a couple hour waiting game, he was able to take a beautiful 56 inch bull moose with nice 4x3 fronts. Pat Feenstra came in as a pinch hitter and was able to fill one of the cancellations and on day two was able to draw blood by taking a nice 8 year old, 34 inch ram.

week 4

Fourth and final week, ARWA welcomed Brad Barker. Brad and his team hunted hard and found the big one. At one time they had a mid 50s bull in front of them but Brad had his sights set on the big one. Unfortunately, the guys just couldn't dig him out the brush. On the other hand, Brad definitely got his fishing bug under control during his hunt, every evening before dinner Brad would catch and release dozens of northern pike.

In closing, I would like to thank all our guests, without whom the ARWA crew would never get to enjoy all the splendors of Alaska!

Happy hunting this season and Cheers!

P.S. If you plan on attending the DSC or WSF shows in January...stop by and see us at DSC booth #520 and WSF booth #1104. We look forward to seeing you!