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Thread: Worth buying a wolf tag - while hunting caribou on the Haul?

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    Default Worth buying a wolf tag - while hunting caribou on the Haul?

    I'm headed up from Dallas on 8/10 for my first time. Meeting up with a buddy in Anchorage and we are driving up. He has been a couple times before, but this will be my first time. We will be bowhunting for caribou.

    Is there a reasonable chance at a wolf shot with a bow along the Haul?
    Tags are only like $30, so I'll probably pick one up regardless. Just wanted to know if it was common to get wolf within archery range on this type of hunt.

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    I wouldn't expect to get in now range, they are generally very cautious, fox on the other hand are not uncommon for bow hunters up there, not sure what a non-resident hunter needs to take one.

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    It's not high odds, but you never know. I came within 5 seconds of having one in bow range in Atigun Pass the last time I was up there. If he had sat still just five seconds longer, I would have been in position. He got up to walk around and busted me, but man....sooooo close!

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    Not to hijack the thread but what are thoughts if one is rifle hunting on the north slope?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmwtdh View Post
    Not to hijack the thread but what are thoughts if one is rifle hunting on the north slope?...
    Definitely get the wolf tag. Far from a guarantee, but there are a fair number of wolves up there.

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    Wolves prey on caribou and follow them around. What will you regret more, buying a $30 wolf tag and not using it or seeing a wolf inside 50 yards and not having a wolf tag?

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    Buy it.... As a taxidermist I see two or three wolves a year harvested while someone was caribou or moose hunting. Last year my daughter saw 5 wolves in the timber less than 30 yds downhill from her and we were at Purinton creek, a highly accessed moose hunting area...about 1/4 mile from the highway. LOL...

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    There are/were resident packs in the West Fork Atigun, Galbraith Lake, and Toolik Lake. There are/were two packs in the Lower Oolah/Upper Itkillik, west of Toolik. The Ribdon has a pack that sometimes loiters near the road near Slope Mtn for road kill.

    Odds are so so, but then it's only $30. Might be worth a fawn bleat or two.
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    I got an arrow off at one south of the Yukon a few months ago. The arrow hit a branch and deflected off into the woods. The wolf ran out to 80 yards and stopped, so I grabbed the .243 and put him down. I run a few traps along the road, so I always have the rifle with me just in case. Chances are you won't get an opportunity, but if you do, and don't have the tag, you'll never live it down. The younger wolves can get pretty curious and come right up to you with some howling.

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    Thanks all. Just bought a tag. No way I see one now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttaillac View Post
    Thanks all. Just bought a tag. No way I see one now.
    I know you're just kidding around, but it reminded me of a time I was guiding a sheep hunter.....

    It was an 8 day hunt and although we were seeing rams, I couldn't find a legal one. This guy started to take on a....well, let's just say, far less than positive attitude. As we neared the end of the hunt I could hear him behind me as we hiked, mumbling under his breath....."we're not gonna kill one, we're not going to kill one", etc.... I was working my ass off for this guy and finally I had had enough. After one last "we're not gonna kill one" I stopped mid stride and turned around to him and said......"If I was you I think I'd start saying we ARE gonna kill one instead of the opposite." He looked like it kinda shocked him a bit, but woke him up out of his dull drumbs, and he stopped the mumbling.

    We killed a ram on the last day......

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    When I was up on the north slope a few years ago. I was waiting on plane ride back to Happy Valley buddy already left on first flight and a big black wolf chased couple hundred head of bou right toward my direction didn't get a shot on him though he turned and went back over the horizon about 1000 yards out. They are lots of them up there just a really big area never know when you will see one.

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