Will after a disappointing moose and caribou season, i have decided on my budget and with my equipment I need to focus. I need to pick on hunt a year and do everything I can to increase my odds of putting protein in the freezer. With that being said, 2013 will be the year of the caribou! To accomodate my budget I am looking into a fly in float out hunt. I have read all the Ivanshak threads and the river seems to be VERYpopular. Studying the maps I came across the hammond river. I have done a few searches but have fund nothing. I need some help. Anyone with first or even second hand knowledge?
1) Is the river raftable and what class of water?
2) Any air taxi recomendations? I was thinking 70 degrees.
3) Is the area caribou country?
4) Any recomendations on put-in points?
5) Any other recomendations or points to ponder?
I have been in Alaska 5 years. I spend just about every weekend on a river. I float a 14 ft self bailer and I handle class 3 very well. I am swift water recue trained, a former EMT, was a 1st class naval swimmer and I have taken a number of wilderness survival courses. In 2012 I did a 7 day float and an 8 day float on the Fortymile.
Thanks in advance.