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    Default DC001 Kenai Mountains Permit

    I just learned that I drew a permit for a Kenai Mountains bou. Anyone out there have any advice for this hunt? I know it is going to be real hard work and access is difficult but that part I am ready for.

    Anyone know what time of year is best for seeing the most caribou? Access for me will be by foot... any tips would be much apprciated.
    -Leadhead

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    Default Kenai Caribou

    I hunted them once about 15 years ago. Flew into Swan Lake and hiked up into American Pass for a few days and never saw any. If I was to do it again I would fly a few days before my hunt and locate the animals and go from there. BC

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    Congrats on your draw. I did the hunt a couple years ago with a friend. It was mid-October. We hiked in from Hope to East Creek. We had planned to stay in the USFS cabin that night and then head into the hills looking down into Big Indian drainage the next morning and spike camp high. Had done a fly over a couple days before and spotted animals in that area. It started snowing as soon as we got to the cabin and didn't stop for two days - no visibility at all. We hiked out without seeing caribou (but did pop two spruce grouse in the head with a 300 WM - good mixed in with Mountain House spaghetti...). Saw big bear tracks in the snow too.

    Did I mention that the hike is pretty tough???

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leadhead View Post
    Anyone know what time of year is best for seeing the most caribou? Access for me will be by foot... any tips would be much apprciated.
    -Leadhead

    So sorry Leadhead, but I dont tip unless service is rendered first!
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    I drew this hunt as well. Where can I view the motorized restrictions at?

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    Not sure where they're posted, Matt, but there is very little motorized access to this area. I can't think of a single area where the caribou might be that has legal motorized access, with the exception of snowmachine if we have ample snow to open it up in December. Technically the Forest Service can open the area to snowmachines in December, but I don't recall them opening it before January for years. This is a hike or horseback hunt.

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    most people will hike in either from hope or resurrection trail. either way it's a long hike
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    Is there really a lot of big bulls back there? B&C material?

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    Follow the link - this couple did the hunt in 05 and had success.

    http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/akf...ting/51761.htm

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    I only know of one person who has done that hunt on foot who did not have horses the next time. Even Mt bikers said never again. It's a tough one.

    An option is to pre-arrange for a horse outfitter to pack the meat if you kill a bull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenaimike View Post
    It's a tough one.
    You're not kidding.

    Here are some harvest statistics from the past few years (250 permits each year):

    2006 - 99 hunted, 17 successful, 10 bulls, 7 cows.

    2005 - 99 hunted, 21 successful, 16 bulls, 5 cows.

    2004 - 109 hunted, 17 successful, 10 bulls, 7 cows.

    2003 - 124 hunted, 22 successful, 14 bulls, 7 cows, 1 unknown.


    Basically, you're looking at 10% success rates overall, or 17-20% success for those who actually hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Is there really a lot of big bulls back there? B&C material?
    There was a B&C bull taken up there last year.
    "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."

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    Brian-
    That's why there are 250 permits! It could be 500 permits with a similar number of bou killed (smaller %). At least a guy feels good about winning a permit, eh?

    My pard and I have horses and try for that one every year.

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    Leadhead has a permit, with no horse, and KenaiMike has a horse with no permit. - This is where one ought PM the other and say "You know, I was just thinking......."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfm View Post
    Follow the link - this couple did the hunt in 05 and had success.

    http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/akf...ting/51761.htm
    This likes a tough hunt. I can't wait to get started on it.

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