Many read my threads in the past about my upcoming hunt this fall in AK. Many said solo DIY was to much for me (caribou and moose).
I have been busy with other hunts (NM elk and VT moose) but I wanted to take some time to let you know how my hunt turned out.
I started with caribou in 20a. Caribou and not a challenge with rifle IMO. I stalked to around 250 yards of lots of caribou and passed. On the eve of the 3rd day I found a decent bull near the runway and took him so I could ove to moose camp sooner.
I will upload a pic asap not sure how right now.
I packed the caribou to the runway and called my pilot via sat phone. Windstorm had hit. I did not get to moose camp for 5 more days. Ran out of food (got help from nearby local hunters which was GREAT).
I was only in moose camp hunting for 4 legal days I saw 10 moose per day and passed TWO 50"-53"bulls that might have had 4 brow tines down on the runway 3 hours apart. It hurt. Both I think were barely legal and both I think had 4 brown tines on one side but I was never able to be 100% sure. I also passed several other 3 brow tine bulls under 50". I saw one solid 60" bull the last 20 minutes of light 2/12 miles away. Sign indicated he passed by during the night.
I had no problems with my gear, the work, packing solo etc. I would have been able to pack a moose 1 mile given the terrain I found. I had a great time but I wish I had filled my caribou tag.
I was had my caribou carcass checked by G&F and I had them land to check my pilot (ferrying meat from prvious hunters) while moose hunting. I hiked down to meet G&F and wa checked and found I knew, and obeyed all laws. I even asked every question I could think of and found I understood all laws and was prepared to deal with all laws.
I did take a nice 6x6 elk in NM with muzzleloader and easily packed out over 1/2 the meat in one trip. Physically, mentally and gear wise I was ready for the trip. I was in the bush for 14 days.