I have been wanting to go on a Muskox trip since I got to Alaska and have been putting in for the draws in hopes of getting a permit before my tour up here is complete. After finding out most of the opportunities to hunt them next year via registration and drawing would be limited I decided to pull the trigger and register to hunt unit 22E out of Shishmaref while I still had an opportunity. After a few phone calls I found a guy named Dennis in Shishmaref that would rent me a snow machine with a sled and lodging in a place he was building next to his house. I checked the weather up there for weeks leading up to the hunt and given it was averaging -30 to -40 degrees my hunting partner Chris and I prepped for a very cold adventure!
When we arrived we were not only greeted by dennis, but warm 10 degree weather and a forecast of nice weather all week. The bad news was that the warmer weather had caused overflows to come up through the ice and Dennis was wary that we would be able to navigate the slushy overflows to get to the hills where we would be hunting. He also informed us that his place was not quite ready and that the principal of their local school was going to let up sleep in the English class for the next two days while the workers were finishing up. Right off the bat this trip was turning into an interesting adventure and we were eager for what the next morning would bring. Here is a picture of our lodging the first two nights, Chris said is best when he told the principal “well I cant say this is my first time sleeping in English class, just never overnight!”