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    Default 40 mile bou from CHS road

    Loaded up Tues, Jan 8, for a day trip bou hunting from Fairbanks. 60 mile drive with the truck and trailer. Unload snogos and about a 15 mile drive up a forested valley to get on to an open ridge. Caribou sign and successful hunter sign (gutpiles) most of the way up the valley. Here is me, and then the pard as we topped out on the ridge:



    Once we got on top we could see bou, but not close. A short travel along the ridge and a small herd moved up out of the valley to the side and began feeding. Drove the snogos a little closer, then walked about 500 yds behind a hill to get in range.
    The pard made a good shot with his 300 win mag and we had one down. Here he is:


    The rest ran off, or so we thought. Got the snogos and sled and rade over to our bou. The rest of the herd had just ran a couple hundred yds down the side of the ridge and I got a shot with the AR. Here's me with my kill:


    I hit her twice. Once in the front shoulder breaking her leg. 2nd shot she was facing away and had raised up on her rear legs. Hit her in the back and destroyed the heart as the bullet entered the chest. I was shooting SSA 6.8 140 VLD rounds. First kill for me with this round. When we pulled the guts out I was lucky enough to find this laying on the ground:


    Odd performance I would say. Weighed the bullet when I got home and it is still exactly 140 grains. I suppose I could have destroyed the heart with the first shot, but not sure. We looked for bullets when we butchered and cut meat. Did find one piece of copper outer in another part of the animal.

    Anyway, we loaded up after gutting and prepared to head back to the truck. Here is the sled with 2 bou inside and me gassing up the snogo:


    On the ride back another small herd crossed the ridge right in front of us. Wasn't quick enough to get a pic. Here we are back down in the trees on the way back:



    All in all a good day. The sled unhooked from the snogo once going downhill and made for some excitement. Otherwise we were back at the truck at dark and home for a late dinner. Can't complain about that. These were both female bou, which is what we wanted. They are better eating this time of year. Most males have dropped their antlers by now.

    Oh yea, Vince was busy working in Anch. so he missed out. Pretty glad we scored this time as the hunt closed last Sat. I think. Plus Minto moose also closed. This was my last shot at getting a critter this hunt season.
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    Congratulations, sir! Those are some excellent pictures - though I sure am jealous of the snow as I look out my window at grass in my yard.

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    Hi Chaps I hope im not intruding ,my name is Collin Guy Duncan and im writing to you from a hot and sunny South Africa ,Iv been a member on this forum for a year now as the sort of hunting you guys get up to way up there in the North is simply fascinating to me.. all that snow and specialised equipment it must be thrilling and it seems to me to be completely the opposite outdoor conditions of hunting here in darkest Africa, I doubt if we even have a single one of your ,fancy smancy snow going thingimajigi you lads seem to zip through the snow on with consummate ease ..looks like a lot if fun and adventure ,hey fellas thanks a bunch for going to the trouble of publishing this hunt of yours on this forum the story and the pics ,much appreciated lads

    PS :Never heard of the bullet calibre SSA 6.8 Looks like it did a good job,is it similar to a 223Rem ( I own a .223 in Soak Forester which just loves hand loaded Barnes X bullets and is super accurate, I use it mostly on medium sized game like Impala & warthog)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Collin Guy Duncan View Post
    PS :Never heard of the bullet calibre SSA 6.8
    Link to some info

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6.8_mm_Remington_SPC

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    The Whites are beautiful this time of year. Great hunt story marten!
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    I don't think we were in the Whites, Skinny. Whites are North of the Steese. The trail we took keeps you well south of the Steese and the Birch Cr. drainage.
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    Good job. What registration tag was this? What temps? Looks like that bullet tumbled or hit a branch to cause that to happen.

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    ​Congrats Mike, glad you are getting a feel for the new country around Fbks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martentrapper View Post
    I don't think we were in the Whites, Skinny. Whites are North of the Steese. The trail we took keeps you well south of the Steese and the Birch Cr. drainage.
    I don't want this to sound like I'm trying to ruin a good story (because I love the story), but I'm sticking to the idea that you killed your caribou in the Whites, if not politically, then at least geographically. Far Mountain (4,694'), the closest peak to the resort and nearby Chena Dome (4,421') and Mount Ryan (3,555') are certainly as much a part of the White Mountain Range as any (remember that Eagle Summit and Mastodon Dome are south of the highway). Further, if you made it across the ridge into the Birch Creek drainage, you were within the administrative boundaries of the Steese-White Mountain National Recreation Area... within the Chena drainage you were on state land, but still in the Whites. My .02, for what it's worth. Again, I'm tickled with your success and I wish you many tasty caribou roasts.
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    Gee don't you know those black rifles are only made for assaulting people!! And don't you know those bravos are just to underpowered and uncomfortable to use!! ( sarc. ) Congrats, always good to have meat in the freezer............
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnyD View Post
    I don't want this to sound like I'm trying to ruin a good story (because I love the story), but I'm sticking to the idea that you killed your caribou in the Whites, if not politically, then at least geographically.
    Don't worry, Skinny, I'm always up for a little debating. Sometimes I'm even wrong and learn something.

    Your correct that once we topped out of Boulder Cr. on the Quest Trail, we were in the Steese Conservation Area. However, Chena Dome was some 20 miles east of us at that point. I don't know what is and is not part of the White Mt. range. I do see that the White Mt. Rec area ends before it gets to the Steese Hiway. I assumed the hills south of the Steese were just rolling hills and not part of any Mt. range. There are no identifying ranges on the maps for the south side of the Steese.
    It was a good hunt and the Bravos were a bit rough on the body. I hope to be riding something better next year.
    There are several calibers used in the AR platform that are good hunting cals. I'm still wanting to take a moose with the 6.8
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    I was looking to get something on the AR platform but that may be impossible soon, I personally love the bravo.............Attachment 67333
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    IMG_0390.jpgIMG_0391.jpgI finally got mine this year. Got mine in Zone 2 off CHSR riding up the Middle Fork. Figured i would post it on here since my partner used a 450 Bushmaster to take his. We each took bulls with a 100 yard shot. We stayed the night well past the landing strip out there with all the old mining equipment. Saw plenty of moose and one lynx. Wish i would of looked up the season for the lynx before the only shot i had was bounding off. Oh well theres always next time.

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    IMG_0393.jpgThis is the pic of mine.

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    Cool Story MT,
    thanks for posting all that,...sounds like a good time

    nothing quite like gettin' the work done,... in January

    man, that bullet pic, is amazing,..can't even imagine how that ended up like that

    and your meat hauling sled, that's a fine looking unit,....Well Done
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    You should do your own write up mager. Not many know how to get up the middle fork. Clue us in. Bet more guys would go up there if they knew the route.
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    Ya my write up was a little weak it could use some elaborating. So we were on the road sunday the 20th drove to 40.5 mile and parked. Got unloaded and loaded up the sled and snowmachines. Made it about 1/4 mile down the trail till we realized our tie down job on the sled was not up to par. Spent a while fixing it but we were good then.

    Drove the whole way no issues did have to cross some open water. Saw fresh tracks all day but no bou. Got out to the landing strip and thats where we saw the lynx. once we got there we rode the river the rest of the way. Was able to ride about ten more miles till there was a gap in the ice that was not crossable. Figured we would make camp.

    Woke up took a ride around looking for a way to get to the hill tops. I was a little discouraged due to the fact we couldn't get out of the valley. Didn't think i was going to have any luck.

    Woke up cold. it was only zero but still cold in just a sleeping bag and no tent. Packed up camp and went out again, finally coming to our senses that ADF&G made up a fake hunt in attempt to get everyone excited about a mythical creature related to the unicorn. Were on our way back when i came into a meadow and there were 8 of them to the left of me. They waited long enough for my buddy to catch up and get ready. 3...2...1.. two bou down. Got back on fumes in the machines but overall good day. I was using a REM 270 and he was using a 450 bushmaster.

    They was a trapline all the way back there and hope he has better luck in the future.

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    You cant miss the trail. Once you find the parking lot just follow it the whole time for about 40 miles. We had to go a long ways to be in Zone 2. But stay straight and on the main trail there are a few other side trails but its obvious which is the main one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmagers View Post
    Woke up cold. it was only zero but still cold in just a sleeping bag and no tent.
    Dang, no tent? I bet that was cold!

    Thanks for the write ups marten and magers

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_reb View Post
    Dang, no tent? I bet that was cold!
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