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    Wink Haul Road Report Thread

    I thought it might be a good idea to dedicate a thread this year to just haul road reports. Has anyone been up yet or heard if there are any bou along the road?

    Good luck to everyone this season!

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    On Thursday monring, I drove from Deadhorse airport to Pump Station 3. There were a few caribou within 10 miles of Deadhorse and close to the road.

    Today I flew from Pump Station 2 to the Kuparuk River bridge, and I didn't see any caribou.

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    Thanks BD.

    TTT for this one

    I will be hiking back probably 4 or 5 miles off the road this year. How ever far it takes me to get within 20 yards of one a those rascals.

    Well i would really appreciate any more info as to the herds location!

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    I had 2 nice bulls come in the shop on friday, they told me that they were both taken at galbraith lake behind the runway. they said they were heading up to happy valley to set up camp but when they came to the G-lake area they saw a few and then put there stalk on and both came away with 2, So that was there story, they drove up on a thursday, killed to bou the same day and drove back on a friday.....

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    Default Update Thursday 7/24

    I drove from Pump Station 3 to Galbraith airport on Thursday. I didn't see any caribou.

    I will post updates when I get back to work on Thursday, 8/7.

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    I just talked to my buddy at PS2. He drove from PS4 to PS2 today and not a bou in sight. Musk-ox but no bou.
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    Default caribou

    there are caribou but they are scarce. Far and few between, but they are their. IN Kaparuk they are by the thousands but have not started down the haul road. If you do go take a raft because alot of the bulls we did see were across the sag and you couldnot get to them on foot with waiders. We did get 2 and another hunting party got 4 but that is all that was shot last week taht I know of. Fish and game, and troopers are giving tickets for speeding so watch your speed if you are going and good hunting

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    Red face conditions

    Anyone who has actually been up north this year, what is the water situation. Last year was very dry and walking was easy.
    Standing water? Anyone?

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    Default haul road

    the rivers are high due to all the rain and there is standing water the closer you get to prudhoe

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    I got back yesterday. We showed up on the 28th, started seeing bou at the cliffs and found them all the way into Dead horse. There were not many. We hiked out 2 miles across the rivers set up camp and hiked to find them. On average we found 1 bull a day and got 1 stalk a day. The closest we got was 70 yards and that is out of my comfort zone so we got no bulls. It rained all day Wensday and started raising the rivers so we hiked back across to the trucks. Thursday we saw 4 cows and 0 bulls. To sum our trip up there were few caribou there when we arrived and through our stay it slowly trickled to 0. Rumor had it there were about 8,000 caribou hanging out about 20 miles back from the river but they were not heading our way yet. Maybe the weather they were getting there Wensday and Thursday as we left changed that and started moving them to the road. Pretty slim pickings right now.

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    still raining ...pretty hard today i'm 45 miles west of prudhoe bay but expect same down the road at least for a ways.
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    Default Update, Thursday 8/7/08

    Folks,
    I am back at work at Pump Station 3. On the drive from the Galbraith Airport, there were a couple of small groups of caribou just South of the Toolik Lake turn off to the Kuparuk River. Generally, there were hunters if there were caribou in close proximity.

    There were folks camped at the Kupuruk River and 2 guys were butchering. A majority of the vehicles had antlers on top.

    I saw a bear in close proximity to Pump Station 2, and also another one on a dead musk ox, on a gravel bar 30 miles to the north.

    Flying weather between Pump Station 2 and Pump Station 1 was flyable, but not good for me to comment on caribou situation.

    Weather from Atigun Pass to Pump Station 2, was clear/few clouds and turned into a low solid overcast to Pump Station 2.

    A low overcast at Pump Station 3 today, slight breeze and temperature around 45.

    Due to the rain last week, the road is rough, though DOT is diligently working on it.

    I will be here for two weeks, and will post updates when I am out and about.

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    Big Daddy,
    I really like the updates but you are also killing me. I'm two weeks out from heading up there. To make it worse you comment about two brown bears, i drew that archery tag for that area this year, so i'm really excited to get up there. I'm sitting in Milne Point camp now, and the time is moving way to slow. Please keep the updates coming. The bear locations are awesome, I really appriciate those.

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    I drove from Pump Station 3 to Slope Mountain and then North to Pump Station 2 and back to Pump Station 3.

    I talked to some guys near Slope Mountain, 2 of them went out 5 miles and got a nice one, but it was a long pack. They stock another one with the bow, and got within 35 yards, one spooked and took the good one with him.

    Talked to some other guys near Ice Cut and Happy Valley. They had been out for a 3-5 days, but no luck. One of them remarked they stocked by couldn't get close enough for a good shot.

    Caribou are out there in small and isolated groups. Most of the groups I saw had hunters parked nearby.

    Weather was clear with some clouds today, 40F this a.m. and got up to 50-55F this afternoon.

    That's all for now, more within the next week.

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    I just got back today (Tuesday August 12th). I was up on my first caribou hunt, looking for my first kill with a bow. I left Fairbanks at 4pm Saturday and killed my bull around 6pm Sunday, a mile off the road between Toolik Lake and Slope Mountain. I was pretty proud of the stalk, but my first shot was awful... enhanced by enough beginner's luck to give me the second shot I needed.

    All in all Sunday I saw probably 120 caribou, about 50 of them within a reasonable walk of the road, but only 3 of those (including the one I got) were bulls. I saw a few groups of 20-30 cows/calves and the bulls I saw were mostly by themselves. There were quite a few small scattered groups of cows/calves too. Every second or third hilltop I crossed had a view of some caribou, somewhere. It seemed like a lot to me, but I've never been there when they're really thick.

    One guy I talked to had been there for several days and had missed one shot. He said he's hunted up there a few times before, and the caribou were a bit thin. The trooper who checked my license said there seemed to be a little higher concentration of caribou, and a lot higher concentration of hunters, down near where the road meets the Sag. I stayed within the first 20 miles or so north of Toolik, though, and several other guys were cruising around that general area too.

    Lots of people had antlers in camp or on their trucks, so I think people were doing pretty well. If you're planning a trip soon, I bet your chances are good.

    Also, I can't BELIEVE anybody does the five mile death march. I'm 27 and not in awful shape, and getting my bull in solo from one mile out felt like it was going to kill me. I can't believe anyone capable of the 5-mile pack isn't in China right now winning medals...
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    Sounds like it may be heating up. I have 10 days until I hit the road and head north. I hope there are still some Caribou around. Thanks for al the reports and congrats to the lucky ones who scored.

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    Default Wish us luck

    I am new to the forum, but thanks for all the information. My partner and I are heading up Friday. I have killed Caribou there in the past so I am pretty fired up. How hot is it up there? The bugs can really test you.

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    Question how many hours of daylight?

    I'm heading up north of cold foot the first of Sept to do the five mile hike. How much daylight will there be each day up there?

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    check out sunrisesunset.com. you get day light hours, moon phases everything for most places in AK, maybe the closest is deadhorse as far as actual destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progun View Post
    I'm heading up north of cold foot the first of Sept to do the five mile hike. How much daylight will there be each day up there?
    Sunrise at 6:00 am
    Sunset at 9:30 pm

    Still have decent shooting light an hour prior to sunrise and hour after sunset.
    About 15 hours of good light.
    About 18 hours of light.

    We are losing more than 10 minutes of daylight per day.

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