A hunting buddy and I are thinking about flying into Fairbanks, renting a vehicle, and heading north on the haul road to hunt caribou with a bow around the 1st of September. I have read through the old messages and have gathered quite a bit of good info, but I still have a few questions. I know that some people do not find this to be a very desirable hunt, but I thought it might be a good way to get our feet wet hunting in Alaska -- not to mention the opportunity to take in some great scenery. If we do this maybe we can get some good ideas of what we need to do differently in the future on more remote hunts. I would prefer to hunt with a rifle but after reading many posts about the 5 mile hump I just don't think that would be a good option for a couple of newbies.
OK time for the questions:
1. Is it ok to just pitch a tent close to your vehicle and camp where ever you decide to stop --- as long as your vehicle is not in anyones way?
2. Do most hunters just use the pipeline as cover when they are trying to stalk a caribou or are there some places with enough vegetation to use as cover?
3. I know that it can be hit or miss but at that time of year are the odds pretty good that we would both have a shot at a bull if we spent 5 or 6 days hunting?
Thanks in advance for any info. you can provide.