Well guys we are up and hunting in Kotz. Both of our local pilots have had the first clients of the season bring back big, impressive bulls to Kotzebue International Airstrip. These animals are all coming from the upper Squirrel and Aggie drainages and 100% velvet racks. This is way early but they are here. One group was set up for a 7 day drop hunt and was in and out in 3 days. The best part of this is they are all alone up there and both of these drainages that are hit hard and can be poor choices in September because of how close to town they are. But right now they are the place to be.
I just talked with a group of my fisherman yesterday (Saturday) who returned from the (mid) Kelly River and now it is filling up with caribou, mostly mature bulls. I spent yesterday up in the Noatak Flats just above the lower Aggie glassing and fishing. No animals down that low yet except a young bull moose and lots of nasty pike. We hooked 25 or so pike and nailed almost 10 over 3 feet in length. My son made the cute observation, “dad…. How are we going to land the big ones without the net?” Landing 20+ pound pike with your bare hands and 6 wt. fishing rods is an adventure all should try some time!
2 of our out of region drop services are expected in Kotz this week and their first clients will be right behind them. We should see the “Cabelas Army” in town soon. Remember the law states that all bou meat needs to come out on the bone until you arrive at a state maintained airport and that includes the rib racks. The Brown shirts, NPS law enforcement guys and the state will be here enforce agine this year so expect to be visited some time on your hunt. Last year they used both fixed wing and copters in their patrols and this year the troopers have added a jet boat. These guys are doing a good job keeping hunting safe and fair for all of us so cut them some slack when they visit you. When your in a jam they are your best friends!
I will keep you posted on how it is going and shoot me a PM is you have any questions or equipment needs.
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