Dall Sheep Rut in Kluane

Sheep Mountain

Sheep Mountain and Kluane Lake in Yukon Territory are spectacular photo destinations regardless of the time of year you visit. I arrived in November to capture the dall sheep rut. I was so impressed with this area that I added it to the Haines Alaska Photo Tour this November. Click here for more info.

Frozen Kluane Lake

The shot above shows a frozen windswept portion of Kluane Lake at sunset. It was cold standing here in the wind, but the view was so beautiful!Getting to Kluane National Park is a very scenic drive, either from Whitehorse via the Alaska Highway or from Haines on the Haines Highway. The photo below shows Sheep Mountain as seen from the Alaska Highway.

Sheep Mountain

Along the way, you’ll see many other outstanding views like this:

Scenery Along the Haines Highway

Evening Sky

When you visit Kluane in November, you’ll likely have it all to yourself except for the occasional passerby on the Alaska Highway. When you approach Sheep Mountain, be on the lookout for the Dall Sheep. Arriving in the early morning is the best bet for seeing them near the road. They will move to different sides of the mountain depending on which direction the wind is blowing.

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

During November, the sheep are in rut. This means the males are looking to mate, so there’s lots of interesting action going on. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see head-butting behavior but this is rare and usually only occurs when a new male joins the group. More common behavior includes the males tussling with each other, lip curling, and chasing ewes.

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

The baby sheep are very curious about people and will venture close to check you out! They are so cute.

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Scoll down to see more images of the dall sheep on Sheep Mountain. Many of these shots show typical rut behavior.
Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Dall Sheep Kluane National Park

Not all of Kluane Lake is frozen in November. Here’s a shot of a Sheep Mountain Reflection:

Kluane Lake

The weather is often snowy and cold this time of year. However, you can often get dramatic light like this:

Rays of Light

On our upcoming Photo Tour, we’ll be staying overnight in Haines Junction. It’s a quiet little town with some nice hotels. Join us in November.

Haines Junction

Dall Sheep Rut in Kluane