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    I drew a karluk lake brown bear hunt in the fall, as well as a musk ox on nunivak. Does anyone have any info on karluk lake, is there other game to hunt there such as deer and possibly goats? Any info would be appreciated

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    Crossfox,

    Some other information on here about Karluk from others that asked. Koniaq has nice lodges on the lake and it is mostly native owned. Probably should talk to them about trespass fee.

    Randy

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    There are a lot of bears down there. There is a public use cabin that you can reserve through the Refuge.

    There are some caribou somewhere around the west side of the island. I'm not exactly sure but that is a registration tag.

    Hopefully, the deer population will be bouncing back as we've had a pretty lame winter so far.

    Regarding goats, I'd give John Crye a call at Fish and Game. I believe there plenty of goats down on the south end of the island but I don't know how far you are talking from your draw area.

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    take a small packraft to scout the upper lake, especially Omalley's Lake at the headwaters. Lots of bears, highest density on the island. many of them are smaller, but plenty. Dozens actually. Some deer around the lakes, but this year very slim from die-off last year. Yes on goats, but take a packraft for easier transport around the lakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Bartlett View Post
    take a small packraft to scout the upper lake, especially Omalley's Lake at the headwaters. Lots of bears, highest density on the island. many of them are smaller, but plenty. Dozens actually. Some deer around the lakes, but this year very slim from die-off last year. Yes on goats, but take a packraft for easier transport around the lakes.
    Ditto what Larry said. A packraft would be a great idea for moving around the lake without having to bust alders constantly. A Big Rig would be ideal for that hunt.

    You drew one of the most sought after brown bear tags in Alaska. If I was in your shoes I wouldn't even consider wasting time looking for deer or goats. You could always go back and focus on them later. I'd have harvest tickets for deer and a registration goat tag just in case one decides to come into camp and commit suicide, but don't waste your time focusing on them. Deer are very few and far between around there these days. There are goats, but not a whole lot of them, and they require a ton of work to get to. The reindeer are over by Sturgeon Bay according to our pilot so I wouldn't hold your breath that you'll see any of them. Karluk has a pile of bears, but you will likely have to look long and hard for a really big one. If you want an 8-footer you probably wouldn't even need to leave your tent. I'd look at the upper end of Karluk where O'Malley drains into Karluk. Bring an electric bear fence for sure. I've been really pleased with my UDAP bear shock fence.

    Roland with Sea Hawk Air is a top notch pilot and a heck of a nice guy. I'd definitely recommend him for that hunt.

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    I recall the World record was shot on Karluk lake back in 1956. The hunter was commisioned by a museum in california. They were headed up to stalk a sleeping giant when this smaller Bear appeared. He decided it was big enough. Back in the 70's I arrived at the Karluk river to hunt my spring permit. the next morning my friend and I headed up river. I saw movement and identified it as a guy in an inflatable. His buddy had been mauled and he was looking for help. we escorted him to Larsen Bay and luckily found a guy with a boat. About 2 hours later a chopper flew in. The wounded Bear had died and was recovered. the full mout was in the anchorage sears mall the last i knew. It was about 10'4"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland on the River View Post
    The wounded Bear had died and was recovered. the full mout was in the anchorage sears mall the last i knew. It was about 10'4"
    The Bear in the Sears Mall is big one. But, it didn't maul anyone. And, was in fact shot in Deadman Bay by a friend/Co-worker of mine.

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    Thanks for all the advice any more would be great , I am hoping there are deer so I can talk someone into going with me

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