Some buddies and I are planning the five mile hike in from the Haul rd. in mid-March for caribou. Two friends are looking for their first AK big game animals and I am a meat hunter, so I wonder about the meat quality at this time of year? Native friends of mine down south say they don't start eating whitetails until the fireflies come out in spring because at the end of winter the deer are breaking down their own muscle for energy and the enzymes taint the meat. Any idea if there is an AK version to the story? Are March caribou as good as the one I've been eating since December? We have lots of questions. Any suggestions would be appreciated:
- Where to go?
- We will have at least two nights out. Any recommendations for decent hunt/camp areas with wind protection or wood that are five miles in?
- Snowshoes or skis? Both?
- Best human-pulled sleds for hauling gear and caribou? Useful configurations?
- Places to park away from the Haul Rd? Access roads etc. to get further in?
- Practical advice or any tips?
I've read about the truckers on previous posts but wonder if their observations would matter when we're five miles in.