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    Default Eureka Caribou this weekend

    Me and a buddy did a 40 mile trip from the gravel parking lot in Eureka. Friday was a total downpoor, lots of rain, so glassing was a bust, we camped around the red fox area, and on Saturday we began seeing tons of caribou everywhere. At first it was small groups of 2-4 then larger groups. As we headed back to the little O, way more caribou back there. Made it to the Big O, and all along the way saw caribou. Also 4 moose, no bear. The trail is in great condition, never got stuck once. If anyone want's to fill their Tier 1 tag, that might be a good place to do it. Sorry no pictures, my darn I phone won't zoom anyhow.

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    Really? Didn't get stuck. I remember a certain Ranger towing you out of a stuck. But, that was probably because you forgot your AC had 1st gear.

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    Oh you mean the shortcut you had us take across the swamp.. where you said, "you go first if you make it I probably can"... yup forgot about that. tried to put your "shortcut" out of my mind....

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    ok everyone, new plan, forget the bus up the denali, lets all bus it over to eureka and do a mad dash and kill some bou'!!
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    I think it would be best to let everyone spread out and hunt on their timeframe and place. So whats with the caribou hotlines? I mean last season F and G would tell eveyone where they were crossing the road prompting a crowd and slaughter. So I hope that the eureka trail isnt a zoo or you wont have such a nice weekend next time..
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    By "dash" do you mean actual running will take place? I am way too old and fat to run on the tundra no matter how good it would be for me.

    I knew there would be a day I would regret letting my dad take the old ATV with him when he was retiring to Idaho.

    I think I will be hitting the higheay anyway just to check things out.

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    if theres not enough caribou there will be some folks dashin'....i have a 7 year old with an AR-15....please don't pass us...
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    I dont think it's just Eureka. I just reserved a room at a certain lodge on the Denali highway for this weekend. The lodge owner said he's seen a ton of caribou moving right now. He said he's seeing them thick and consistent, even though its early. Speculation here; I think the herd is moving a little early because they're the largest they've been in over a decade. Should be good in lots of places, not just Eureka. Should be a good year in general. My dad and a surveyor who contracts for me have both taken separate work trips through unit 13 and they each saw more moose than usual, just from the highway (quoting "man I saw X many moose between here and here, I've never seen that many in one road trip"). Exciting stuff, for sure.
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    People in Eureka and on the Denali. From what it sounds like I may get caught in the cross fire. May have to take my AR just to make it out alive.

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    How were the water crossings? I'm actually considering holding off my hunt until the deluge parts and rivers drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK DUCKMAN View Post
    People in Eureka and on the Denali. From what it sounds like I may get caught in the cross fire. May have to take my AR just to make it out alive.
    I plan on wearing orange. Feel like I'm back in Delaware, white tail hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Water_Gremlin View Post
    How were the water crossings? I'm actually considering holding off my hunt until the deluge parts and rivers drop.
    IMO, the Little O was the worse and by worse I mean the current pushed the worse, but was not bad at all. Little Nel was cake, actually the lowest I've ever crossed it. Big O was a joke. True it has been raining, but I use the Little Nel as a barometer and I've crossed it at 7 ft (flood stage) and the most recent reading is 6.3. Here is the link. http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydro...fc3&gage=nela2

    Basically, if its under 7 ft its fine. I've not seen what over 7 ft looks like so....keep in mind this is being read where the river crosses the highway, but still if its 7 ft at the hwy and I crossed no problem then for me anything 7 ft or less is doable.

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    lets have fun guys, i'm headed out thursday, white F250 BRWNBR are my plates, stop and say hi!! eureka area...
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    We've got a few DC480 tags so we'll be in the Eureka area as well, but not until a week later. Rain or shine I just can't wait to get out into the hills. We are looking to get my wife her first animal ever! The ol lady and I will be on a green kawi side x side and my uncle is on a black grizzly. Should have some cold beer and we are pretty friendly usually.

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    For anyone on the Denail, I'll be in a white Ram standard cab with a white shell. If you happen to catch me at the pickup please say hi! Good luck and be safe out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1S1K View Post
    I plan on wearing orange. Feel like I'm back in Delaware, white tail hunting.
    Jeez, that's not a bad idea. I'll be up there (Eureka) shooting it out with you guys too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sollybug View Post
    I think it would be best to let everyone spread out and hunt on their timeframe and place. So whats with the caribou hotlines? I mean last season F and G would tell eveyone where they were crossing the road prompting a crowd and slaughter. So I hope that the eureka trail isnt a zoo or you wont have such a nice weekend next time..
    That was a hell of a show! Comical at times, watching the hunters on one side of the road, and the caribou on the other. Hope everyone has a safe trip, and best of luck!

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    I got DC481, how is it crossing the Black River, and about how far back in is it? I have a tracked Argo so i think i'll be doing ok, does anybody know what the trail is like on the other side of the black? Any info sure would be helpful!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridebackwards View Post
    I got DC481, how is it crossing the Black River, and about how far back in is it? I have a tracked Argo so i think i'll be doing ok, does anybody know what the trail is like on the other side of the black? Any info sure would be helpful!!
    Probably 50-60 miles. 4 major river crossings. Little Nel, Little O, and Big O, and Black. Each progressively deeper and swifter. If you're using an argo, I would take the tracks off. My understanding is that you have no propulsion through water with tracks. The Black River crossing is usually about 3 ft deep, with basketball size boulders and moving pretty fast. Your argo will float, no doubt. Also, the Black River crossing is a point to point crossing. No room for going up river and floating down to the take out. If you get swept past the take out your SOL and up against a 3-4 ft bank or you're floating towards the Big Su. Most who cross the Black are big rigs. Here is a pic of the crossing I stalked off the internet. Trust me this is the crossing.

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    Oh yeah, btw, those are 44" tires.

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