First off I can't express enough thanks to strangerinastrangeland and his family and extended family! They made us feel like family and made us fit right in. Both stranger and HuntAK59 have posted threads, I won't repeat but will add my view. We were equally facinated with each other, especially strangers kids.
Another first off, there are eskimos in alaska! I had always heard and had been told no eskimos in alaska, been here 16.5 years and I now know for a fact there are! I absolutely love Strangers wife's tatoo, so simple yet just awesome! Describes her tribes region. It was a series of lines under her lower lip, representing the river.
So we headed out monday afternoon for the start of the hunt, to catch caribou. Hunting caribou in their eyes is like fishing, you catch the prey, and therefore it will return next year. It is catching, not taking, totally different meanings in eskimo!! They have a few frases that mean totally different things in english compared to eskimo! Made for some pretty funny stories!! Back on topic now. First pic is on way up to sand bar. Second is of the 6 man cabelas guide tent, which is really awesome.
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From the sand bar we would glass the mountains watching for the herds of caribou flowing over the mountain tops. Usually about an hour later they would be at the rivers edge at some point looking to cross. On tuesday a few fawns were caught and then HuntAK59's first caribou ever. He was totally stoked and on the way up from Anchorage he told me he was gonna kill a double shovel caribou. I told him how rare they are, supposedly about 1 in 5,000. His first was a nice double shovel that was really symetrical. Of course will make a great european mount. I told him they come alot bigger than that one though. A nice rack is just a bonus, we were there to meat hunt. The meat happened to be on the bigger, fatter bulls that were not in rut yet, so that is what we caught. I even kept a rack as a momento from the awesome experience and to help remember the trip.