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    Default Fantastic First Float Hunt

    Just got back from my first Alaskan float hunt with 3 buddies from Montana and RamDap from Wasilla. What a fantastic trip! Fishing, hunting camping, BSing under the great northern lights, stars, blue skies (only a few clouds) and the peaks of the Brooks Range. We saw wolves, sheep, bears, foxes and brought home 4 caribou, 2 grizz and a moose. I had to pass on a sheep which was oh so close to legal...I think I was a bit conservative, but better safe than sorry. It was incredible good fortune for me to bring home three critters (including my first grizz and my largest moose) along with the memories of a trip of a lifetime!

    Thanks RamDap for sharing your knowledge, experience and rafts.







    I will add more pictures if the other guys give me permission to post their ugly mugs along with mine...

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    Most excellent...!!!
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Congratulations........very nice.

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    I mean this in the most complimentary way possible...I hate you right now (petty jealousy). That's a beautiful griz and a sweet moose. I can't wait until I have the money to hunt up in the Brooks range.
    Born in Alaska: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6

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    Wow! That's a hell of a trip you had!

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    Very Good! Did you use the same rifle/bullet combo for all three? What was it?

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    Burke,
    Please comment on your rifle/cartridge setup. Looks like a Savage. Thanks.

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    Great job taking predator and prey.
    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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    Man, I'd say that is a great trip. That bear is gorgeous.

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    That is awesome. I'd love to see a full write up of the trip with lots of details. Congrats!

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    Wow, what a hunt! 3 animals is great!

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    You must be livin' right. I bet it was your lucky Stormy hat! I have 4 of them but they never produced like yours.

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    Wow. That looks like the hunt of a lifetime!

    Congratulations. I'm looking for to a more in depth report when you have some time.

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    Id love to hear more about your trip if you want to dive into a long write-up! Beautiful animals and congrats!

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    Congrats on a great hunt. I like the color of that griz, and always like seeing nice bull winkles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burke View Post
    Just got back from my first Alaskan float hunt with 3 buddies from Montana and RamDap from Wasilla. What a fantastic trip! Fishing, hunting camping, BSing under the great northern lights, stars, blue skies (only a few clouds) and the peaks of the Brooks Range. We saw wolves, sheep, bears, foxes and brought home 4 caribou, 2 grizz and a moose. I had to pass on a sheep which was oh so close to legal...I think I was a bit conservative, but better safe than sorry. It was incredible good fortune for me to bring home three critters (including my first grizz and my largest moose) along with the memories of a trip of a lifetime!

    Thanks RamDap for sharing your knowledge, experience and rafts.







    I will add more pictures if the other guys give me permission to post their ugly mugs along with mine...
    Awesome! Don't you love float hunting? Its my favorite way to go by far. Gotta ask how big is the moose?

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    Thanks for all the congratulatory replies. I do feel very lucky to have done so well. I can try to write up a summary of the trip in the next few days but I dont know how to capture it all (plus I need to get the Brittanys out into the hills for birds!!!). It was 21 days in wonderland!

    I used a Kimber Montana 300 WSM with Leupold 2-8 and 180g Barnes XXX
    Moose is 53 3/4"...can I call it 54"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burke View Post
    Thanks for all the congratulatory replies. I do feel very lucky to have done so well. I can try to write up a summary of the trip in the next few days but I dont know how to capture it all (plus I need to get the Brittanys out into the hills for birds!!!). It was 21 days in wonderland!

    I used a Kimber Montana 300 WSM with Leupold 2-8 and 180g Barnes XXX
    Moose is 53 3/4"...can I call it 54"?
    Nice. That is pretty close to what I was guessing. I was thinking somewhere between 50-54. 21 days huh? That's a long float. I usually like to go about 9-10 days. That leaves at least 6-7 days of hunting if you got 2-3 days of bad weather. How many river miles did you guys float? How many rafts did you take for four guys? Just curious. I personally think 3 guys and 2 rafts is ideal for a float hunt. I am kinda curious what you guys used for 4 guys. Thanks again for sharing your pictures. Heck of a hunt indeed. Congratulations. I really like the color of the Griz too. I like those toklat bears.

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    Awesome critters! Did you guys wait till late in the hunt to start putting things down? Or have the flight service come get meat?

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    Those are some sweeeet critters! Those are some memories that will stick, too - congrats!

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