spent the last five weeks on Nunivak Island chasing reindeer. My boss and i were the first professional hunters to guide on the island for reindeer since they were put on the island. originally siberian reindeer crossed with alaska range caribou (to introduce horn size and weight, and significantly raising body weight as a result) they used to be herded once a year at the end of there antler growth to harvest for the asian horn market. the market has long since fallen (viagra to blame?) and the reindeer roam the island at will. an incredibly odd animal to hunt due to unusual defense mechanism not found in wild caribou. the island has only fox, muskox, and reindeer for large mammals and zero big predators. this and generations of targeting the bigger bulls for their horns during the herding days resulted in very unusual defense tendencies past down through the generations. it was a very interesting month out there, and definitely some of the most unique hunting i've ever taken part in. it was an incredible way to spend july and early august and i feel fortunate to have been a part of the start of sport hunting such a weird, unique animal on Nunivak. the bull cow ratio is very skewed right now within the herd and the native corportation of mekoryuk has decided to generate some revenue by allowing us to take 25 bulls this year. about ten percent of the meat went to the crew, and the other ninety was donated to the locals in mekoryuk. it was fun, and an awsome way to spend july.
i get a short break before three additional months of fall guiding season commences... headed out for a personal sheep hunt tommorow weather permitting. hope to be in place with my dad and a ram come opener! good luck to all this season216.jpg210.jpg...our favorite time of year is upon us.