First off i have done the leg work on both these hunts. Me and my NR brother are planning a trip for moose and have 2 ideas. I have looked at all the success %'s from ADFG on both areas and how many hunters (for hunting pressure purposes) are in each area. He is looking to shoot a moose or a caribou since he can shoot sheep in montana if he ever gets the drawing haha. Moose 1st pick caribou 2nd pick.
First is the 40 Mile River float. I have read Mikes book on the the float and know the river mentally; which is not worth much, but have not ever been on it but do have boating skills and my brother has more. Now i can hunt any bull in that area but my brother is restricted to 50/4 brow tines. And we cant have our caribou tags and moose tags on our person at one time. this area has more hunting pressure and about a 20-25% success rate for moose.
Second is the white mountains which we would ride in on atvs and then walk after we get to the border of summer atv use area. So he gets to decide how big of a animal he gets to choose. This hunt is closer to home and less hunting pressure. With only 260 ish hunters in 2011 with a 33% success rate. Less chance for bou since the White Mountain herd are related to the unicorn but better chances with moose.
My question isn't where do you go to kill your animal but rather what are your experiences with people and animals in both areas. In regards to the mass amount of people on the 40 mile with jet boats to people breaking the law with atvs deep in the white mountains. Also any information that you can think of that i havn't thought about yet would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to all.