10 day countdown begins tomorrow. This is the place to ask questions, spread rumors, share information, warn others of treacherous conditions/road construction and sync up if anyone is inclined to do so.
I've talked to the owners of the MacLaren and Alpine Creek lodge and got a little update. At alpine, they said river/creek levels were high earlier but have gone down to average by now. Suzie at the MacLaren said she understands the herd did well over the winter and she's already seeing individuals and tiny groups moving around.
With Fish and Game upping the quota by 2500, I cant help but deduce that the herd must be big and healthy. Keep in mind that last year it still took until December to fill the smaller quota. There might be some very good winter hunting to be had for those who wait until the snow falls. The chance of an early closure goes way down with the biggger quota.
If anyone has any sort of update about conditions around Eureka that would be great. I have no contacts with anyone in that area.
I'll be hunting the opening day and probably sticking around Saturday at the MacLaren lodge. The women will be staying in the lodge but if you see a military arctic tent at one of the nearby pullouts, stop by and say hi. I'm willing to chat about what I saw. Also, I'm eager to bag a grizzly if theres anything in that area, so if anyone sees one PM me.
Happy hunting and remember: BE ETHICAL AND BE SAFE OUT THERE. Let the season begin.