Doing a google search I've read that the time to avoid shooting bull caribou Is Mid sept to mid Oct. I've also heard it's as late as Mid Oct. I've done many searches on this and there is a wide range of dates that people list, but very few actual accounts of meat quality.
Anyone who has shot a bull from early Sept-Nov
1. How was the meat?
2. What were the exact dates of the hunt?
3. What general location were you in, ex north slope, south west etc.
4. Was this a big bull or a young one?
5. If you observed them, did they show any signs of rutting?
The latest dates I've hunted caribou were between sept 10th and 20th in Southwest Ak. I was worried about meat so I shot a cow. The 3 others in my group shot bulls with the latest one being shot on the 18th. All turned out fine, but they were young bulls. A few bulls we saw during that time seemed to show slight signs of rut behaior, but not the ones we shot.