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    Default Caribou Float Hunt Suggestions

    Aside from the south fork of the 40 mile river, are there any other options for road accessible floats that offer a decent chance for caribou (not including draw or Tier II areas). I want to take my 11yr old daughter on her first float hunt. (Her second will be for moose in September)

    As far as the south fork goes, can anyone recommend when the best time would be (earlier or later in August) and where to concentrate our effort, etc?

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    Default float

    the later the better for bou in that area, most will still be way out from the road system

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    Default Funny Thing Bou

    This is a not a great hunt however!!!!!!! If soeone were to take the time to research all the areas around and in Birch Creek with a little help you would stand a decent chance of harvesting a Caribou.

    Funny thing is some years you hit them some years you don't. If your schedule has some flex time in it there are some i.e. some harvest options on Birch Creek.

    Suggest you contact the local bio-guru in Fairbanks and see what gives during August around the Creek. Can't promise you river shooting or shooting at all however again there are Local Bou as well as those heading from point A to Point B near the river now and again.

    Just food for thought! Worse Case you have great fishing for Grayling, Some Pike and your scout for Moose Season.

    Blue Moose

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    Default Thanks for the info

    I appreciate the info. This is exactly what I was hoping for - more options.

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    Default could work

    If you do lots of glassing and hunt slow Birch could work for you, but keep in mind the first few miles of the float has very low water and you will be doing lots of dragging. But you never know about Aug weather, it could rain the whole month and you might get lucky, but if its dry look out

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    Default Spot on

    AkH02 said it all low water makes for long lining. Go light or stay home on Low Water years oh and yes something about a little drop in that float during low low water or some fun Class II / III during high water. The thing does rise and fall quick.

    Couple years back we headed out from our hunt at almost 8 miles and hour on the GPS Screaming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Two years later we were dragging boats up high!

    Still all and all an option.

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    Unhappy Trip from hell

    I had a friend that did that float about 4 years ago and it was the same thing, no water and a week from hell and a trashed raft.

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