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    Default We beat the odds!!! (caribou)

    My husband, father-in-law, and I traveled up to the Denali Hwy to fill our DC482 tags on Thursday night. We got in late Thursday night and were out in the Clearwater Creek CUA by 6am Friday morning. Spent most of the morning glassing hillsides until we saw a group of 6-8 cows and small bulls high up, a couple miles from us. We thought we saw a glimpse of a big bull, but we couldn't be sure. We traveled past them in the direction they were headed, in hopes of interception. Once there, we climbed up to a high vantage point. No less than 5 minutes later, 5 caribou crested the ridge line, with a massive bull in the mix. My father-in-law and I took off to intercept for a closer shot, while my husband hung back in case they traveled to where we were sitting. After several up-downs on small ridges, we popped over a ridge to see the massive bull and his two cows. The cows spooked and the bull gave us a nice broadside shot. I got a shot off and my father-in-law provided back-up. The caribou dropped quickly and it was official! Cleaned it and packed it out in one trip. It was a hard stalk but fast. My first caribou, so I'm thrilled. Hoping to make it a shoulder mount. We kept hunting the next two days, and only saw a few cows and occasional small bulls at a great distance. It was nice that we were able to get such a nice bull when the herd was so sparse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teach-ak View Post
    My husband, father-in-law, and I traveled up to the Denali Hwy to fill our DC482 tags on Thursday night. We got in late Thursday night and were out in the Clearwater Creek CUA by 6am Friday morning. Spent most of the morning glassing hillsides until we saw a group of 6-8 cows and small bulls high up, a couple miles from us. We thought we saw a glimpse of a big bull, but we couldn't be sure. We traveled past them in the direction they were headed, in hopes of interception. Once there, we climbed up to a high vantage point. No less than 5 minutes later, 5 caribou crested the ridge line, with a massive bull in the mix. My father-in-law and I took off to intercept for a closer shot, while my husband hung back in case they traveled to where we were sitting. After several up-downs on small ridges, we popped over a ridge to see the massive bull and his two cows. The cows spooked and the bull gave us a nice broadside shot. I got a shot off and my father-in-law provided back-up. The caribou dropped quickly and it was official! Cleaned it and packed it out in one trip. It was a hard stalk but fast. My first caribou, so I'm thrilled. Hoping to make it a shoulder mount. We kept hunting the next two days, and only saw a few cows and occasional small bulls at a great distance. It was nice that we were able to get such a nice bull when the herd was so sparse.

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    Loved the story and congrats on the hunt! My husband has the same permit and hopefully we too can be as successful.

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    Good job!

    Musta had alotta fat
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    Nice Bull, congratulations

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    Very nice bull, need to make that trip. That's the one that I want the most just need to get work outa the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by strangerinastrangeland View Post
    Good job!

    Musta had alotta fat
    At the time we wished he had alot of fat. I just gave the ol' puppy dog eyes and my husband and father-in-law melted giving me the lightest pack. Each of their packs probably weighed 180-200lbs and I was left with around 110lbs (still pretty good for a 5'2" frame )
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    Very Nice!!! Congrats!

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    "puppy dog eyes"....

    You can be sure I'll be serving a helping of that to my moose-hunting partner in a couple weeks!

    Fine job on a great caribou. Enjoy the steaks!

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    Heck of a nice caribou Teach!
    Congrats to you guys.
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    Love the top points on that guy. Congratulations!

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    Nice bou! Congrats on a successful hunt!
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    Well done, congratulations.

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    Congrats indeed. I like to say dang I left my nitro pills in the tent.
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    Fantastic!
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    Nice job! Very nice caribou!

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    Awesome bull, love to see the wives out and getting it done.

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    Very nice Bull - well done!
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