I am a first time caribou hunter. My buddy and I set out for the Haul Road with great hopes. I was very impressed with the truckers and pipeline workers, they were helpful and respectful of the hunters in the area. However I was disappointed with the some of the hunters in the area, leaches as my buddy and I learned to call them. After working our butts of stocking some single bulls other hunters knowing we were working a bull would not hesitate to jump in and try to “still the kill”. One particular incident my buddy worked a bull into crossing the road were I was about 15 yards off the other side of the road. When the next truck load of young hunters saw the bull thinking about crossing the road they pulled over and jumped in front of me. After letting them know that I intended to take the bull if he crossed, they responded that they would “allow” me the first shot.
I love Alaska and Alaskans, and have been here for 5 years. Hunting is a big part of my life. But this is the first time that I have been disappointed with fellow hunting enthusiast! Is this the norm for the Haul Road and is this what I have to look forward to in October?
For those of you that I talked with while hunting and shared your advice and knowledge of the game I thank you and hope to see you again in October. But for the leaches, I hope you find a little hunting educate and respect for your fellow hunters. Get off the road and put a little time and sweat into the hunt!