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    Default Any Brooks Range success

    Anyone back from the Brooks with success stories of moose or bou? About to fly in myself and curious how the year is going so far.

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    Last week I heard they were supposed to get a couple inches of snow......don't know if it ever happened though. Love the thought of hunting moose in the snow. Pretty much non-existent anymore around here.....unfortunately. What I wouldn't give to hunt moose in actual good moose hunting weather, instead of feeling like you're hunting them in the summer....with all the rain, heat, and bugs. What really bugs me is that in a lot of other places they're just starting to hunt moose when ours is finished.

    Good luck up there.....I'm envious!
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    The Tushukpuk herd is concentrated and still on the Northslope, the WACH is still scatterd and the temps being as high as they are, they will not be ''forming up' for the trip south from the Coville/Noatak side of the Brooks too soon. Scattered bands are in the Noatak, south of the Brooks and a few are trickling through the upper Kobuk.......were still on hold for a trip up in a boat.

    Funny, we used to have snow but today, and we would leave for Bulls on the 16th (Post wifes B -day) the late 80's and 90's, and the meats would be chilled and the work cold..... the 2000s have not been very predictable........ last year we got 1 bull at this time, and the migration didnt come untill November, and rut was whilst the Caribou were still North, so dont hold yer breath, warm temps are in the predictions......
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    We just got back last Monday from chasing caribou off of Kikitaliorak Lake. We (and the pilots) believe we were on the tail end of them, but still able to pull 4 out in a week. I don't believe they were taking any more groups that far north after us. Moose would be pretty skinny up there above all the trees and brush, so not very surprised that it was just us, the caribou and the predators.

    Still full velvet and clean meat. Rained almost every day then froze hard most nights.

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    My clients are just coming back in from up in Kotz. 1st group bagged 5 caribou bulls and 2 really big Griz. The largest was 8 1/2 feet!!! The guys told me that they saw dozens of Griz in 10 days. I wish the state would allow out of state hunters to hunt Griz without a guide as a form of predator control in units like 23 which is being overrun with bears! How about this...Out of state hunters can get an extra caribou tag...free but only if they take a Griz first!

    Do you think the Guides will allow that???


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    Default 2018 hunt photos-Kotz

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    More!

    That is a Fat Griz!

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    Non-residents shooting bears makes sense to me.

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    Well, my guys were 2 residents and 3 non residents so my point is in a unit that is seeing too many bears lets open it up to non residents till the bear population is manageable. The moose calf mortality rate is very high in unit 23 right now. I would much rather the state makes some money selling tags then seeing other types of predator management.

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    I just got back from my best trip ever up there. Got a 69" moose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gulkana Rafting View Post
    My clients are just coming back in from up in Kotz. 1st group bagged 5 caribou bulls and 2 really big Griz. The largest was 8 1/2 feet!!! The guys told me that they saw dozens of Griz in 10 days. I wish the state would allow out of state hunters to hunt Griz without a guide as a form of predator control in units like 23 which is being overrun with bears! How about this...Out of state hunters can get an extra caribou tag...free but only if they take a Griz first!

    Do you think the Guides will allow that???


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    I will go ahead and allow it Walt. Let the troopers know that I said it was ok.
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    Too funny! But really...Lets open up Out of state Griz hunts in predator controlled units as a tool to reduce bear numbers!@!

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    I guess I should support my own thread. So here goes. Itís actually a pretty simple and short story. We were flown in by Jeff at Bushwhacked Air. Jeff has nice equipment and I think he runs a good safe operation. Landed on our lake on a beautiful day and humped our gear to where we decided to camp. We knew there was some weather moving in a couple days later so we decided to spend our first morning building up a solid cache of what was currently dry firewood for the stove. This was our maiden voyage for our Kifaru tent and stove. So the other two guys were sawing and limbing the trees I brought them. I wandered away from camp to find another spruce tree to pull/chop down. As I got a ways away from the noise in camp, I hear that noise that is music to our ears. I couldnít really believe it though. I mean, I have read about bulls being called in by chopping wood but havenít actually done it. Then I heard it again. It sounded like a bull coming down and around the other side of the lake. I ran back to camp and got the guys. They grabbed guns, and I grabbed my call. We hustled out the other side of camp by maybe 100yds and set up. I dropped back about 50yds and proceeded to do some calling. In reality, that darned bull was so hopped up on hormones, he probably would have walked right into camp without any encouragement from me, but it makes me feel better to say I called him in. Anyway, he came in to about 100yds at which point, he caught our scent and began to leave. But he paused and the boys took that opportunity to put him down. He ended up dying all of about 300yds from camp. Now thatís a great way to open up a hunt.

    Unfortunately, I canít get pictures to ata h to this thread like I used to even using my phone or home computer. You will have to trust me when I say it was a 66Ē bull. Beautiful. Also unfortunate, that was the last four legged critter I saw for the next 11 days. No more moose or any caribou. Very, very little moose sign indicating low population density. Were we lucky? Heck yeah, but I will take it all day. We looked all over and only found about 12 piles of moose scat over the rest of the hunt. I heard a couple cows moaning, but couldnít find or call anything in.

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    Hey!! It worked after all. Darn thatís a cumbersome system.

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    One bull 300 yards from camps is sure better than two or three bulls a mile from
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    For Sure Jake!! We are definitely happy with the result. We kept talking as the hunt continued and we were not seeing game, about how different this hunt would feel if we didnít have the good fortune of a full meat pole. Luckily, a day after shooting him, it cooled down really nice and we had great temps for meat to hang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smarion View Post
    I hear that noise that is music to our ears. I couldnít really believe it though. I mean, I have read about bulls being called in by chopping wood but havenít actually done it.
    I did it once unintentionally after season was over. I also know a guy that used to use a hatchet to quarter up moose. He actually called another bull in by hacking up the bull he just killed! Congrats on a nice bull close to camp.....hard to beat that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunt'N'Photos View Post
    I just got back from my best trip ever up there. Got a 69" moose.
    Congrats!....Pics pretty please? I mean everybody wants to see pics of a near 70" moose...!!!
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