We are based in the Chugach Range and Talkeetna Range, hunting Units 13 and 14 including Unit 14C Chugach State Park. Since the implementation of the new Draw a permit to hunt areas, we have witnessed the sheep population growth. With the limited entry hunting privileges, our annual surveys are impressive with many exceptional marks. It was a needed change and it awards favorable opportunities for hunters and the preservation of species.
Reality is that sheep hunting can be addictive and therefore hazardous to your health. Not specifically for the trophy but also the lifestyle it embodies. For a further explanation read this contributing story about a memorable Alaskan Sheep Hunt in Unit 14c. Unit 14C is a walk-in only area.
Deposit is required, 50% is preferred before we proceed in booking with the balance expected upon arrival in form of cash or cashiers check, please no personal checks. This is a small company with limited bookings. It is in your best interest to book ahead, this allows us time to work out the details. It is our belief this will better serve you.
Cancellation within 60 days of your scheduled departure is eligible for a refund if we can rebook your space. If we need to rebook your space at a discounted rate your refund will be equivalent to the discounted rate. If for any reason Vast Alaska cancels a trip you will receive a full refund. Vast Alaska recommends trip insurance for failsafe coverage of unforeseen inconveniences. Travel insurance covers a variety of mishaps and there are multiple venders on line.
Liability waiver is a pre-requisite and needs to be signed before departure. Vast Alaska is a fully licensed and insured company with your safety in mind.
Guide experience is essential to be productive. It is our pride that the guides employed are native to the particular region, proficient in judging game and efficient traveling in these mountains in all seasons. The guides have a broad base of skills for the outdoors that go beyond what is required for big game guiding. Each guide holds a registered guide outfitter license, first aid and CPR credits.
Success rate is entirely up to you. If you give your best effort and are willing to participate in a fair chase hunt you are bound for success.
Trophy care, while in the field care for your meat and trophy is our responsibility, this includes professional skinning, fleshing and salting if need be. The meat will be well taken care of; after all we were raised on game meat so we can appreciate its value. Once we return to town we turn the responsibility over to you, we will direct you to quality fur dressers, taxidermists and expediters to take care of the hide and horns. Meat is welcome to stay in Alaska and we feel it is safer than trying to ship something so perishable.
License and tags, you can purchase online or wait until arrival in Alaska. We can and will expedite the online purchase, while your on the phone.
Weather is unpredictable and fluctuates like the tides.
Remember this is a back packing hunt and we will be on the move, camping in different locations. Extreme weight should be avoided. This gear list should help prepare you in advance.
If you stick to this gear list you will have everything you need. It is in excess of what I carry, because I am always carrying meat.
Be advised, Cotton does not wick rain and sweat away from the skin, it requires too much energy for you to get dry. Synthetic or wool fibers ONLY.
Barney’s Sports Chalet is a good outlet for hunting gear. They are located in mid-town Anchorage, Alaska. They are avid Alaskan hunters and suppliers since 1963. If you need help with anything they are well versed and will give you advice or direction.
REI is another source for much of the equipment. Shopping is available online or they are conveniently located down the street from Barney´s in Anchorage.
Regardless of our objective traveling light is key. Our backpacks will contain everything necessary to camp in a different location each day, if that is your option. We get off the beaten path in order to experience remote and raw places with animals not habituated to people.
During the trip itself, if you can carry your personal items, the guide will carry all communal camp gear and food. We utilize light and very effective tents, capable of withstanding Alaskan elements. There is a stove for hot-meals and nutritious food suited for our demands. Moose hunts allow for more of a permanent base-camp and therefore more amenities. It’s worthwhile for you to have a good pair of 10×40 binoculars suspended from a chest harness to help with the glassing. The guides are well equipped with choice spotting scopes and a range finder for you to use. After a successful hunt you can depend on your guide to field dress and cape the animal, packing is our responsibility and if you would like to help it will be appreciated.
We are an all-inclusive outfitter and as such will provide food, communal camp gear, first aid kit, satellite phone for emergency situations, aircraft radio and other essentials. Participants will provide personal gear and appropriate clothing as outlined in a specific gear list provided. Many considerations are involved with food selection, and our meals are appropriate for our method of travel. They include a healthy selection of fresh and dried food, while also indulging you. We can accommodate any special food requirements, just let us know.