This was my fourth trip to Arctic Red River and my...

This was my fourth trip to Arctic Red River and my third consecutive year.

 

The Mckenzie Mountain are is most pristine and untouched wilderness in North America. The remoteness and the beauty of the Mckenzie’s is something very special and why I keep coming back.

Tavis and Rebecca run an extremely detailed business and take great pride and satisfaction in making sure your trip is as successful as possible. Arctic Red is nearly 10,000 square miles and Tavis still caps his ram harvest at 30 rams a year which is why the age average is over 10 1/2 years old, which is absolutely incredible.

The Mackenzie Mountains are made for backpack hunting. It is a challenging hunt mentally and physically. A perfect hunt to test myself, our equipment and gear. The topography and climate create the perfect habitat for high populations of Dalls Sheep, giant Mountain Caribou, moose, wolves and grizzly bears. There is no hunting pressure because the area is so remote and expensive to access.

The weather is typically good compared to Alaska even though it is just 40 miles south of the arctic circle. The river bottoms are more open than Alaska and not alder and Devils Club choked which makes hiking in this country much more (relatively) enjoyable.

Day-00: Flying North

I caught a direct United flight from San Francisco to Edmonton, where I met Paul Bride, our photographer, just before mid-night. After four quick hours of sleep we were on our way to the airport again and off to Norman Wells in Canada’s North West Territories.

NORMAN WELLS

The day in Norman Wells is all business. We meet up with the rest of the hunters heading into Arctic Red at the Airport, we check into the Heritage and get situated in our rooms.

After lunch, we borrow the truck from the hotel and head off the the range to check our rifles. We then head back to the hotel, run through gear, charge batteries and organize our kit for the flight the next day.

When you walk out of the hotel the next morning you should be ready to be flown directly into the mountains because you may not have time to organize gear at base camp as schedules are very tight on the day you fly in to your hunting area. Your kit needs to be dialed, the only gear missing in your pack is the tent and food that Tavis will supply unless you are bringing your own which I prefer.

The nervous excitement of all the guys is contagious. We talk gear and tell hunting stories. Did you bring this? Should I have this in my pack? How much does your pack weigh? How many bullets? Will you check out my gear list? It is a really fun day getting ready for the trip of a lifetime.

Sleep does not come too easy that night in Norman Wells.

Day: 0: Flying Into the Mckenzie Mountains

We are up at 6 am with hopes the weather will allow us to fly into base camp at 8:30am. We grab a quick breakfast at the hotel, all of us triple check our gear again and make final pack adjustments before checking out and heading off to North Wright Air to fly the Twin Otter into base camp.

Due to the stretch of bad weather we are delayed by two hours as Tavis and his other pilot Mark are still getting hunters out of the mountains from the previous hunt who are supposed to catch our plane back to Norman Wells. The excitement and anticipation is running on all cylinders which makes the two hour wait feel like a lifetime.

The North Wright crew loads supplies and fuel for base camp.

At 10:30am we are wheels up. The flight to base camp lasts 45 minutes. The views are spectacular!

This is the first time I have seen the Mckenzie’s covered in snow, which is a reminder of the bad weather that has been pounding this region for the past 10 days. I feel very fortunate we have good weather to fly in and a relatively good forecast for our hunt.

Flying into base camp is always exciting because you meet the hunters coming out of the mountains and see all their trophies and hear the stories. I have the pleasure of meeting our customer Eric Johnson who is on his way out with a 12 1/2 year old warrior of a ram and a slug of a bull caribou.

We had lunch at base camp which is the last home cooking for a while.

I am hunting with Al Klassen, a living sheep hunting legend, who has guided or shot 133 sheep! Al lives and breaths sheep hunting.

My hunt was his last hunt this season. When he leaves Arctic Red he is flying home to White Horse repacking his gear and heading into the mountains to hunt sheep with his son. This is after 73 straight days in the mountains! He has the sheep bug really bad.

Al is heading to the strip to get flow into the mountain for our hunt with his entourage and personal baggage handling crew. It comes with being a legend.

This is a great view of the Mckenzie Mountain Range from the Super Cub. What a remarkable place to hunt!

Tavis and Al have put me in an large drainage that has produced a lot of good rams and caribou over the years. Al’s plan is to camp the first two nights at the strip and hunt a couple of areas out of this location. If we do not find rams we will load up and move into a side drainage to access other basins unreachable from our location.

Al takes me through the details of tomorrow’s hunt, which is going to involve a lot of suffering. It sounds like an attitude adjustment walk even though Al tries to convince me there could be a big ram on top of the mountain.

This country is relentless. We start the morning with a river crossing.

Then, what looks like a nice meadow to walk across, is a hummock filled obstacle course with water filled tundra in between each moss covered hummock.

There is no easy way to cross a hummock field. You can choose to walk on top of them until you slip off the side of one or miss step to the next one, which causes you to stumble and fall into the quagmire of water and moss. Or you can try to navigate through them by stepping in between the moss mounds which seems easier until your boot is caught between two narrow hummocks, face planting you into the muck.

Al tried to be a good host, telling me this is nothing without a face full of black gnats eating you alive, which we did not have this late in the season.

We take a look at a bachelor group of bull Caribou on our approach to the ridge we are going to climb. There is one nice bull in the group, but not big enough to shoot on day 1.

Al decides to take us up a boulder covered ridge to make sure we got our money’s worth! This is a butt kicker of a climb that takes us well over two hours and 3,000 vertical feet to get to the top.

The view from the top was spectacular and worth every step.

We continue to hike up the ridge, glassing for rams all day.

We spot a group of 4 rams feeding in a far basin you can see in the photo above. There is one ram with potential but he is too far away to commit to a stalk without being sure he was what we were looking for. We put him in our “back pocket” for later in the hunt if things do not go well.

It was a huge day. We were gone 12.5 hours, covered 12.8 miles and did 4800 vertical feet. We glassed 8 different rams and several caribou bulls, two moose and a blond grizzly bear. What a day!

DAY – 2

We woke up at 7am, made coffee and breakfast. One of the luxuries of hunting sheep this far north is the amount of day light you have. Mornings are nice, because you are not trying to beat the sunrise, so you have time to have coffee and a dehydrated breakfast or oatmeal.

We headed the opposite direction from the day before into an area that has traditionally held rams. We head down stream for a couple of miles and then follow a large drainage to get around the mountain above camp to access an area Tavis and Al call Piggy’s named after a pig of a ram they killed there years ago.

It takes us a few hours to get to the bottom of Piggy’s.

We climb up a ridge glassing into Piggy’s that consists of two narrow drainages. Early into the climb I spot a ram bedded on the ridge above us. We drop behind the ridge and circle below the ram and come up on a small knoll and glass the ram and the rest of the drainage.

Al quickly locates three ewes and two other rams bedded. We put the scope on them and none of the rams are big enough. Al wants to get up top and see what is in the next basin.

We drop down and around the ridge, staying out of sight of the sheep and head up the back side of the ridge all to way to the top which takes us a couple of hours. During the climb up the ridge we spot more rams feeding in the saddle at the head of the drainage. We continue to climb to the top of the ridge and into the cliffs above the rams.

Al is first to the edge of the cliffs and he looks back at me very seriously and tells me there is a good ram and to get my gun and pack. This is the news you are always waiting to hear from a guide on a sheep hunt! I grab my pack, gun and bullets and crawl to the edge of the cliff.

There are 4 rams feeding below us in the saddle. The ram Al wants me to shoot is below the other three rams and feeding straight away from us. I range and re-range the ram. 333 yards on a steep angle below us. There is a really strong cross wind blowing through the saddle from right to left. I hold for a 250 yard shot. I wait for the ram to turn broadside. After a few minutes he quits feeding and begins walking straight away. I am not going to have the luxury to wait for a broadside shot.

I breathe deep and squeeze the trigger. The gun goes off and the ram is untouched. He pauses, then continues to walk. I regather myself and adjust for the cross wind for this shot. The second shot I hold 12″ to the right of his back and squeeze the trigger. The ram is down!

This ram is absolutely beautiful. 9 1/2 years old, 37″ long and 13″ bases. I could not believe how quickly it happened, it was only day 2! I was thrilled!

We boned and caped him and loaded up our Icons. The pack out was not going to be too bad. There was a narrow canyon that terminates above our camp. We had to get around two waterfalls and do some nasty side hilling, but three hours later we were back in camp.

Our day took us 10 1/2 hours, we covered 12.2 miles and did 4650 vertical feet.

In two days of sheep hunting we covered 25 miles and did almost 10,000 vertical feet!

DAY – 3

We spent the morning of day 3 at camp taking care of the cape and horns and arranging a flight to pick up the meat and trophy. Tavis and his pilot in training came to pick up the ram.

That evening we hiked to a knoll a mile from camp to get some elevation to glass for Caribou.

After a couple of hours, Al spots a bull being chased across the river by a black wolf a mile down stream. The wolf swims the river and then disappears into the willows.

A couple of hours after last seeing the wolf I am having a bite to eat and catch movement in the timber 200 yards below me. Out walks the wolf Al had spotted and it disappears back into the timber.

I quickly grab my rifle and pack and lay down and set up for the shot. I range the last spot I saw the wolf. 222 yards. We wait.

The wolf begins moving through the timber but never gives me an opening long enough for a shot. Al howls at the wolf….nothing. He howls again….nothing. The wolf disappears and I am starting to believe our opportunity is over.

The wolf suddenly and almost magically appears, standing broadside in a meadow beyond the trees 350 yards straight away looking at us. I breathe and squeeze the trigger and the rifle fires, the wolf takes off on a hard run straight away from us and then goes down. Unbelievable!

The wolf is a gorgeous female, with a fantastic coat and certainly in her prime. I felt incredibly fortunate to take a wolf on back to back hunts.

The business end of a wolf is VERY impressive.

DAY – 4

A Storm front moved in and rained all day. Due to limited visibility we stayed tent bound and Al worked on fleshing out the wolf hide. At 9 pm the rain turned into snow and it dumped all night on us.

DAY – 5

We woke up to a valley of snow and the storm clearing out. Al had us up at 7am and we quickly packed for the day and headed up the valley to look for a bull caribou. The snow was going to have the Caribou on the move and we knew it was going to be a special day.

We spent the morning working from one vantage point to the next. We spotted groups of caribou all over the valley. They were very easy to find against the snow back drop.

By early afternoon we had worked our way up the valley to a perfect vantage point giving us a great view of the upper end of the valley. There were several groups of caribou bulls feeding on both sides of the river. Neither of these groups had the bull we were looking for.

After about 30 minutes of glassing, Al comments “I found him”! On a distant ridge three bulls were traveling down and in our direction a couple of miles away. One of the bulls had a huge frame and quite a bit of “junk” on the top and bottom of his antlers. We kept him in our spotting scopes for the next hour as we watched the three bulls come off the ridge, cross the river and feed in our direction and eventually they met up with another 10 bulls feeding on a flat a half mile from us.

We dropped down and closed the distance on the bulls to 475 yards. I set up for the shot. The group of bulls were feeding in our direction and began dropping down in a small drainage to our left. The big bull stopped broadside and Al suggested I take the shot. As I was getting ready for the shot, he turned and walked down in the draw before I could shoot.

We waited. The rest of the bulls began to reappear 200 yards away and slightly up hill from us traveling through some alders and pine trees. The wind was good and we had no choice but to hold tight and wait for the big bull to show up. One of the bulls was heading in our direction and we knew if the big bull did not show himself soon we might get busted.

Just then I spotted his huge antlers moving above the alders. He stepped into a small clearing and I found his chest in my scope and squeezed the trigger. Two more anchoring shots and he was down!

 This bull was in his prime and his antlers were mazing. What an unbelievable day and trip.

We had an easy 3 1/2 mile pack down stream to camp.

 DAY-6

 

Tavis and Mark get Paul, Al and I back to base camp. We get caught up on how the others are doing in the field, say hello to all the staff and get our gear out to dry and repack.

Tavis arranges a flight with North Wright Air for tomorrow morning to get us back in time to catch the flight from Norman Wells to Edmonton.

The travel home is bitter sweet. The trip was amazing, my tags are filled and it is nice to get home 6 days early to see my lovely wife and two children who I always miss deeply on these adventures. But, I am sad this years trip was so efficient, and I am longing for more and look forward to the next time I get to hunt in the Mckenzie’s. I begin counting down the days.

Jason

This article has 89 comment(s)

  1. Armosino Reply

    AWESOME JASON!
    Looks like a great trip, a bit different from you adventure last year.
    I can not wait to get back up there, it is truly a special place.
    Looking forward to getting the new boots broken in.
    Tom

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Tom!

  2. Jody Reply

    Sweet!!! Thanks for sharing. Your boots stay dry with all them river crossings?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Yes. Using Yukon pants and Yukon gaiters and the built in gaiter in the boots I stayed dry.

  3. Darryl Reply

    Just awesome.. It is sometimes bitter sweet to have a quick hunt but at the same time makes you appreciate those super challenging ones. Thanks for sharing your adventure. I sure love reading your posts and really look forward to them.
    Darryl

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Daryl! I appreciate the comment and kind words. I hope your season is going well.

      J

  4. Shane Close Reply

    Awesome trip report! A few great animals! Congrats!!!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Shane!

  5. T Downing Reply

    Thank you Jason for sharing. Such amazing country filled with beautiful animals. Quite the adventure. Look forward to you next great hunting trip. Well done. T

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you T. Good luck this fall.

      J

  6. phillip campos Reply

    Awesome!!! I love those Pictures

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Phillip!

  7. John Reply

    Great trip report. Love the pics.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      I appreciate it John!

  8. Matt Reply

    About that tent??? : ) Amazing trip, enjoyed the read and photos.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      More to come on the tent!

      • Matt Reply

        Look forward to hearing about it. 🙂

  9. Todd Reply

    Jason,

    Congratualtions on three beautiful trophy’s. Taking a wolf on two consecutive trips is pretty darn cool.. I’ve heard great think about Artic Red. I really admire how you put your pictures and stories of your hunts together, you will never forget all the great memories but having these blogs to reflect on in 20-30 years is priceless.

    Shoot straight,

    Todd Cox
    Michigan

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Todd, I sincerely appreciate it.

      Jason

  10. CoryS Reply

    Congrats on another GREAT/AMAZING hunt with Arctic Red Jason. Rebecca and Tavis are great hosts…I will return soon.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Cory! It is an amazing place.

      J

  11. Bill pass Reply

    A great hunt Jason three nice trophy’s. I know what you mean about the Mckinnze Mountains, once you have been in those mountains and hunted them you have them in your blood for sure and you can’t wait for your next trip and opportunity to go back. It’s a great experience and Country for sure!!!! Thanks for sharing your trip.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Bill. Yes, it is certainly a place that is not easily forgotten.

      J

  12. brian Reply

    Jason, I’ve been wondering how your hunt went, looks like it went great. Hope the rest of your fall goes as good.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Brian!

  13. Maurice andre Reply

    Nice pics

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you!

  14. Maurice andre Reply

    Awesome pics.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      I appreciate the comment.

      J

  15. LEE JOHNSON Reply

    Thanks for the great story and photos. That made my day. I haven’t hunted with Al or Tavis but have gotten to spend time with them in SLC. They are great guys. Lee

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Lee. I hope someday you will make it up there.

  16. Mike Wright Reply

    Thanks for bringing back the memories.Shot my dall there with Jermy Bergen and see Al with Tavis in Reno.Great Pic’s and the only thing that could have made my trip there better is your clothing and your pack which I have now and damn sure be with me when I go back.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      You are more than welcome Mike. Thank you for the comments.

      J

  17. Tim Loran Reply

    great adventure, thanks for sharing. I expect for next year to see, traditional archery equipment used and maybe some video to go with the awesome photography you always have for your adventures.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Tim. Yes I was longing for my longbow for sure.

      J

  18. Jeff M. Valunas Reply

    Jason-
    Well done! I always appreciate these photo essays of your time up there in the the Artic Red. The photography is always Amazing, and you typically have a great way of; Pulling us followers of KUIU, into the hunt. You have earned those trips, and I for one, enjoy seeing you have these hunts of a lifetime. By providing such amazing equipment throughout the course of your time at Sitka and KUIU, ‘Karma’ has treated you well, my friend! 🙂
    Keep it up, and continued success!
    JMV

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Jeff! Nice to hear from you again. It has been a while. I hope life has been treating you well and your fall is a success. I appreciate your kind words and look forward to hearing more from you.

      J

  19. Robert Hartley Reply

    Very nice read. I believe you need to do a TV show even if there are only one or two per quarter. I would really like to see this on motion film. Bob.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Bob! That is a nice complement. Maybe someday we will shoot a hunt on video.

      J

  20. Jeff Reply

    Hey I am wondering if you are going to make a smaller day pack anytime soon. Love my guide system by the way.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      How small? What are you looking for in a day pack?

  21. Dave Pagel Reply

    Great story Jason. It brings back memories of 1999 and my trip with Arctic Red River. I took a 38 inch ram with 14 inch bases and a mountain caribou that went in the mid 390s. Al Klassen was my guide too and I believe my sheep was his 74th. What a great guide.

    Your Dad, Mike, was on this trip and killed his big ram with a running shot with his longbow after a marathon hunt. I heard stories about you way back then!

    Dave

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Dave for the comment. My dads ram was the first archery ram ever taken at Arctic Red. I remember how excited he was when he got home from that trip. The trophy of his lifetime for sure.

      J

  22. David Knight Reply

    Absolutely super story and photos of great hunt. Makes me happy to be a member of the KUIU family.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks David! It is good to have you part of the KUIU family.

      J

  23. Nigel Ivy Reply

    Great write-up, Jason. Some beautiful trophies there – congrats!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Nigel!

  24. Big bull Reply

    Great story Jason. I love reading your stories. Hopefully I make it to one of these great places one of these days
    Can’t wait for the next one.
    Best of luck BIG BULL!!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Good luck to you Big Bull!

  25. Kainoa D Reply

    Absolutely awesome pictures and even more amazing animals. That is definitely on my bucket lists of hunts. I just ordered my Attack Pant and Merino base hoping to put them to the test next weekend on my Oregon buck hunt.

    Kainoa

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Good luck in Oregon this weekend. Please email us your photos!!

      J

  26. Mike P Reply

    Great trip report and pics as always, thanks for taking us along Jason.

    PS. Loving the new superdown, so light and takes up such little space in the pack…really hit a homerun with them.

    Cheers,

    Mike

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Mike! Glad to hear your comments on the Super Down.

      J

  27. Shane Reply

    Very nice write-up and some dandy trophies to boot.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Shane.

      J

  28. Isaac Reply

    Great hunt and even better write-up! I hope there are still a few of the new boot left when I am ready to order. What caliber rifle? Thank you for sharing your adventures, the products don’t need the validation but it is cool to see you “testing” the stuff you guys make.
    P.S. killer ‘stache!

  29. Shaun Reply

    How did you attach your rifle to the pack?

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      That is a new prototype pack system that has a new prototype rifle carrying system that I was testing. It worked really really well. There will be more to come on these products later this year as we finalize them and move to production.

      Jason

  30. Alejandro Martinez Reply

    Last year I hunted in ARRO and was guided by Al too, it is just amazing how knowledgeable he is in ram country. Your ram is beautiful Jason, and you are really lucky to have harvested 2 wolves in 2 trips. Congrats! Tavis and Becca make hunters feel like home!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Alejandro. Al is amazing to hunt with!

      J

  31. Mike Duplan Reply

    Way to live it up Jason !! I firmly believe backpack dall sheep hunting is the truest and greatest hunting experience in North America. It’s definately apples and oranges with hunting elk and deer in the lower 48 but there is a reason the experience is beyond compare. One has to experience it first hand to understand.

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      I totally agree!

  32. Phil Miner Reply

    Thanks for taking us along on your hunt. Great write up Jason. What type of walking stick is that your carrying? it has some Blaze orange color as well..

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      It is a telescoping Ice Axe. It works as a great tool for the mountains, I will not sheep hunt without one.

      J

  33. Michael P Reply

    Again your fueling my fire and passion for hunting. The reason why I’m saving $ is for a hunt like this! Another epic hunt and outstanding photos with write up. Congratulations Jason! You sure are living the American Dream 🙂

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Mike! I need to test the gear we make for the hunts it is designed for! Poor me:)

      J

  34. Eddie Triplett Reply

    Jason,

    Congrats on some awesome trophies. I really enjoyed the photos! I completely understand the mixed emotions of the trip ending early. While my season this year will revolve around chasing deer in several states, unfortunately I will not be hitting the mountains again until next September when I will be in BC chasing goats with my bow. It will be a long wait but it also gives me plenty of time to prepare. (And buy more Kuiu gear.) Thanks for building such great products! Can’t wait to see the new boots and hear bout that tent.

    Eddie Triplett
    Tennessee

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you Eddie!

      J

  35. Alejandro Martínez Reply

    Hey Jason, would you mind sharing your gear list used for this trip? I think it would be a great exercise for other hunters to see what is in your Ikon. I notice that you prefer to carry your own food, what would that be? Regards

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Yes, I am preparing a post on the gear list.

  36. Keith Dunn Reply

    Jason – unbelievable – would love to catch up – bought a small ranch in Idaho – spilt time between here and there still work in Sacramento part of the year – we should hunt in Idaho together. Give me a call 916-290-2900

    Dunn

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Keith,

      Great to hear from you and would love to catch up. I will give you a call.

      J

  37. Colby Reply

    Awesome story!! I look forward to these posts each time. I’ve made it a goal of mine to hunt in that area. Thanks Jason!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Colby!

  38. David Reply

    Jason, Awesome Trip. I was in the southern part of the Mckenzie’s moose hunting, must have been about the same time. We had 14″ of snow in places, extreme fog for 3 days and RAIN. Thank goodness for my Chugach rainwear and Spindrift coat…..seriously. I’ve hunted and known the guys at Nahanni Butte for a long time and trust their gear choices….kinda makes a guy feel good when EVERYONE was wearing Kuiu. Hopefully next year when I go back I don’t have to test your gear to the Extreme. Thanks for producys that keep me comfortable……AND ALIVE.!!!

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi David! Fantastic comment, thank you for taking the time to write! I really appreciate it.

      J

  39. Brady Miller Reply

    Incredible, Jason! Once again you guys nailed it with the story line and photography. Congratulations on the great animals. I’ve sent this post to my dad as he is considering a dall sheep hunt in a couple years. I was talking to him about hunting the Mckenzie Mountain’s while we were hunting in northern British Columbia together this September while I was bowhunting for moose and mountain goat, and he was rifle hunting moose. We had a great trip as well. I tagged out on both animals with my bow, and he got his moose with his rifle on the 14th day. I ended up tagging out on day two and three of the hunt. Like you said, can’t believe it happens that fast sometimes! Looking forward to sharing the photos with you from our hunt. Keep up the great work!

    Brady Miller

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thank you very much Brady. If your dad has any questions make sure you have him give me a call. I am looking forward to seeing the photos of your hunt up north. It sounds like an incredible trip as well. Good luck in Montana this fall.

      J

  40. Matt Burrows Reply

    Awesome photos as I love seeing your adventures and new gear. Glad you also had a successful hunt for a dall this year and can’t wait to see what is in store for KUIU in the future. Thanks for sharing this special hunt.
    Matt

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Matt! I appreciate the comment.

      J

  41. Josh Reply

    Jason,

    What was the rifle you were using?

  42. David Reply

    Jason,

    You can’t imagine the pang in my chest when I read your blog. It has been about 8 years since I hunted with Arctic Red. Tavis was guiding in those days and I had the “pleasure of trying to keep up with him for an afternoon, while my guide and I repositioned to an area where I ended up shooting my ram. It was the most incredible hunt I have ever done!!! I want desperately to return, but have got a major knee problem that has to be resolved before I can tackle the Mackensies again. Keep hunting while you are young and healthy enough to do it. There is simply no place like the NWT!!

    Keep up the great blogs and congrats on the animals, by the way I believe the lab in your photo was Tavis’s pack pup when I was there, he looks a bit older now.

    All the best
    DJG

  43. Keith Finstad Reply

    Jason-Congrats on taking all three trophies! My wife and I spent 10 days in the mountains with ARRO and Al in early August this year. By far, the best hunt experience of our lives. However, our weather conditions were quite different than yours. Temps were warm and we spent most days in shorts and T’s. My ram was #129 and notch 21 on Al’s Marlin. What a fine sheep hunter he is and what a great group of people at ARRO. They all make you feel like family. Can”t wait to read your next mountain adventure!

  44. Kurt wood Reply

    jason, what memories! That was a great trip, thanks for all the advice, and the pack worked super. See ya at the expo in slc in Feb

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Thanks Kurt. See you there!

      J

  45. Derik Ford Reply

    Jason,

    Sent an email to the KUIU service email with questions about your gear and the hunt with Artic Red. I have a 2 week bowhunt coming up with them fall of 2014 and wanted to get some input from someone recently who had been up there.

    Shoot me an email at derik.ford@massageenvy.com if you do not receive the one sent to the websites email.

    Thanks in advance

    Derik

  46. Dan Papez Reply

    Jason what are the in boot gaiters your referred to in an above post? Does KUIU offer them for purchase? Sound great to keep feet dry. Just ordered a pair of your new SCARPA mountain boots – look awesome. Can you forward your equipment list for an ARRO hunt.

    Thx much – Dan

  47. Steve Updegraff Reply

    Ditto to Dan Papez…. I have a moose hunt sept 2016 with ARRO and need to get geared up! Want to know your gear list, including your watch…haha…fun to keep track of those climbs… my sheep hunt is set for 2017…. especially want to know more about the waterproof boot system you use… I plan to call you guys to help me select the right gear but i would like to review the details prior to talking with you. Thanks for a great read and pics!
    Thanks,
    Steve

    • Jason Hairston Reply

      Hi Steve,

      We will be more than happy to help you get set up on your hunt. Email brendanb@kuiu.com and he will email you the gear list for your hunt. It is very detailed and will dial you in. If you have any specific questions shoot me an email. jasonh@kuiu.com. ARRO is an amazing place!

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