I'm doing my first Alaskan hunt this year for caribou on the north slope of the brooks range aug 19-29. I'm going to rent a vehicle in fairbanks and drive up the Dalton highway almost to Prudhoe bay and I have booked arrowhead outfitters to fly me in and out (the reviews I read about them prior to booking looked pretty solid). Anyways if any of you guys can give me advise about the hunt Id really appreciate it. I'm really concerned with proper meat care and how to effectively keep the meat cool on the 10 hour drive back to Fairbanks. Also I've been researching meatpackers in Fairbanks and the only good reviews Ive read have been on Delta meats (100 miles south of Fairbanks). Also i was wondering if you can set it up with the packer in advance for them to ship your meat back to u when they finish processing?
Everything I've read says caribou meat is delicious and i want to do everything I can to take good care of the meat and respect the animal if I'm lucky enough to harvest one. For a veterinarian who owns his own hospital and never gets to get away this is a lifetime dream to get to hunt Alaska so any advise is greatly appreciated!