Not wanting to be too wordy, but here goes.
After much planning and gear collecting (face it, float hunting begets gear collecting), my best friend and I were finally ready for departure last Saturday. We had always wanted to hunt River X, and float hunting seemed like the only feasible method.
So we loaded up and cast off.
Saturday was mixed rain and sun as we flew in to the headwaters lake in his C-180. Snow was low on the hills but it cleared over night and Sunday dawned bluebird.
We loaded up the Levitator and headed down the outlet creek. An hour of walking the boat through rapids and rocky chutes got us to the main river. More of a large creek really, but we'll call it a river.
The first few KMs were going to make it or break it. The water was class III but the Lev handled it well.
We were soon out of it, and the river slowed down into swampy oxbows. We didn't waste too much time hunting this section, as we wanted to get down into the buck brush meadows here we suspected the bulls would be.
We had a great camp at the mouth of a creek and chilled out by the fire.
The next morning we labored through the remaining slack water and finally hit the faster, shallower section. Beautiful meadows and Pine flats dominated the landscape. We happened upon a 2 year old still with its mother, but passed on that. Around the next corner we happened upon another larger bull, but the wind was not in our favor and he buggered off quickly.
We made camp in some Spruce across from some meadows and began calling.
At 7 PM, just as we finished supper, we heard a bull calling from across the river, and one 160 gr. Accubond from my 7mm RM Tikka sealed the deal.
We butchered until about midnight and called it a night as it had been pouring rain since about 10 PM.
It POURED all night, but 6 AM showed clearing skies, and by 8 AM it was a lovely, sunny fall day.
We finished cleaning everything up and were loaded on the river by 12:30 PM.
We floated and enjoyed the day down through the nicest section of river. Fall colors abounded.
Its hard work at the bow.
Great trip. Love the Levitator. For this trip, 2 of us, gear (we had food for 7 days) and one Moose seemed perfect. River X is a very shallow affair, with many sections where you could walk across in rubber boots. We were making it through braided sections in less than 6" of water. It has a few beauty marks now, but still looks pretty much like new.
Definitely a convert. There is simply no other way to get away from the crowds.
Thanks to all the Forum members who contributed knowledge on gear and to Larry at Pristine for developing this rig.