Just got back from AK and wanted to give you guys the update on the Caribou hunt we did. Took an 18 foot tunnel with a 40 hp jet up the Ivishak almost two weeks ago now (the 7th thru the 10th), past where the Alaska Adventure's guide was set up. Did not see many bulls, but of the three of us we each did manage to connect on the 9th. It did seem like on the 9th there were a lot more caribou moving down out of the hills toward the river.
To those who think that the float hunt for Caribou is easy up there, YOU'RE WRONG. I suppose if you hit the migration right it would be outstanding and fairly simple. I stalked my caribou almost 3 miles from camp and a solid 1.5 miles from the river delta. The tundra there is very difficult to navigate, especially with 120 pounds on your back. We hunted hard for the 4 days we were there and killed the only 3 good bulls we had a legitimate shot at. We saw a few groups, but at significant ranges that made getting within 500 yards difficult. As it was my bull and another of the three were shot at 450 yards. Now to those who think I am suggesting this hunt is HARD, thats not what im saying. However, I am saying its not nearly as easy as some people make it seem.
Me and Donofrio (caribou on packs).jpg