Caribou Hunting ADAK ISLAND SEPTEMBER 2016
I am planning to go to ADAK Island for a 1 month hunting Caribou. I have read a lot about Adak Caribou hunting on this Form but I have not seen anything that is more recent like 2015 or 2016.
I have already booked the housing and a rental truck there.
Now my first question
Is September is a good month to hunt Caribou in Adak ?
Also is the South East area still considered the best for Caribou hunting at the Adak Island?
Does anyone hunted Caribou there this year that can share any stories about seeing Caribou at the Island ?
Thanks a lot
September is a good time to be there. Often the horrible weather will take a break for a day or two each week in the fall.
The southeast area of the island is the hardest to get to on foot. A few mountain passes and large lakes are between there and the end of the road in Finger Bay. Packing a caribou by yourself from there will result in meat loss as you can't keep it cool enough for long enough. And it will get wet.
The southwest arm of the island has always held the largest concentration of caribou. Its also hard to get to, but has fewer mountain passes to climb over, but its also farther away.
In September the temperatures will still be fairly warm and you will only have a day or two to get the meat into a cooler or freezer before it starts to rot. Going beyond the current native lands where ATV use is allowed means you will be hauling the meat on your back. Depending on your fitness level that could be two trips or up to four or more. All depends on the size of the critter and you.
I used to guide caribou hunts on Adak.
I didn't hunt in September for two reasons:
1) The caribou were for the most part on the southern end of the island (they start to move northward in October).
2) It cam still be foggy in September (especially early on) and the caribou will be on top of the peaks obscured by fog.
South and west are where most of the caribou seem to hangout, especially during the summer. But, regardless, if you plan to hunt on the south end of the island you are in for an epic hike-in expedition. The last I heard there really isn't anyone out there to take you to the south end of the island. Even if you could find someone, there's no guaranty that they'd be able to get back to pick you up due to weather. I know of two guys who tried that once, and after a seven day wait had to hike back and leave their antlers and half of their camp behind.
I had a friend who went out there late last October they took a couple of mediocre bulls. The caribou seem to have wised-up a little and have altered their northward migration pattern somewhat.
Sorry for the rather un-encouraging report, but things aren't what they used to be on Adak.
Thank You Very much for all the info. Good to know so I don't waste the time and money. I will hold back till Oct than.
That's pretty much what I've been hearing.
A couple of reminders; the bigger bulls will start losing their antlers in mid to late November, and no bulls may be taken between January 1 and August 9th (cows only).
If you have to leave meat unattended in the field for any length of time (between pack trips) you can keep the birds out of it as long as nothing like bone or anything red is sticking out of the end of your meat sack. Also, put the antlers upside down over the meat and a small tarp bungeed to the antlers.
My buddy and I are planning a trip for 4 guys and we were thinking Mid November. Around Thanksgiving maybe.
We've been planning this trip for about 8 months now but can't get anybody else to commit. We were originally going to go because the first guy who started planning this wanted to come up for Thanksgiving, but now he isn't going. So now we are trying to find the rest of a party. The other guy has been once but this will be my first trip. I'm following along to see the responses. Good topic SAM.HASSAN6!
Just returned from a trip down there. There were plenty of cows and calves down in Gannet Lake and Teardrop Lake area - didnt see any bulls though. We wound up taking four cows between 5 hunters (three of our were teenagers). If I had more time I would have liked to strike off towards Lake Leslie Ann and Lake Susan (west of teardrop). Good luck!
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