Western Arctic seasonal update
Well guys it’s getting to feel a lot like fall up here in the Great White North. This has been a brief, cool, and very wet summer for us. I just returned from a 150 mile boat trip up into the Kobuk River around Noorvik and it looked and felt like mid-September with very cool weather and lots or rain. The National Weather Service is forecasting temps Monday evening down around 35 degrees and the flats around Kotzebue have already turned yellow a full 3 weeks early! We saw a few Moose along the way and over all it was a good trip but wet trip.
I talked to a few elders in Noorvik and they are looking for a early fall and caribou migration based upon the temps and cool weather. This is nothing more than speculation but I tend to ask the old guys as they have lived up here much longer than I have and tend to be closer to the mark than most. In years gone by we could hunt caribou as early as week 3 in Aug but in the past 4 years it has been closer to September 15 before the temps have pushed the animals over the Brooke Range in any real numbers. I have not seen the really big concentrations of caribou in 3 years and I am looking forward to seeing some this year. I am an eternal optimist and going to sight the .270 in next week and I will start talking to some pilots about what they are seeing. Keep you updated and let the hunting begin!
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