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    Here's a couple small bulls a buddy and me got in the Koyukuk area last week. We had drawing permits so we didn't have to destroy the antlers (like that would have been a big lose).
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    Nothing wrong with those bulls, will be some good eating this winter!! Congrats!!

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    so tell us alittle about the trip. Was the water high/low any boat problems. I heard from another party that they had some fuel stolen and the bugs were unbelievable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avid outdoorsmen View Post
    so tell us alittle about the trip. Was the water high/low any boat problems. I heard from another party that they had some fuel stolen and the bugs were unbelievable.
    We hunted the Dulbi river, and on the lower part, the bugs were truely unbelievable. The bugs (nats) were verrrrry oppressive. These things didn't bite but during the day were so thick you could not do any thing without a headnet. They would fly up your nose, down your throat, in your eyes, ears, ect. You'd open your Nalgene to take a drink while walking at a very fast pace, and they would still manage to get into the drink and you would end up having dead nats floating all over the top. We spent as little time on the lower reaches of the river as possible. Our hunt actually started about 70 miles up the Dulbi. The water was pretty low this year, and in that 70 mile river run we would go through many areas of very thin water, like 3-5". We used a 16' flat bottom with a 50hp jet. We ended up having to stow most of our gear and fuel at the bottom of the river, loaded up just the bare essentials, enough fuel for the round trip and go. It took us (on the average) about 4 hours to make it into our draw area. This was a very expensive trip, by my standards, but was worth every penny. Fortunatly we didn't have any problems with theft. This was a very big concern for us, because we left the majority of our gear down river (two rifles, camping gear, and about 100 gal. of fuel) for several days at a time. This wasn't the smartest things to do, I know but that was the only way that we could make it to the area where we could start hunting.
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    Where did you guys put in at and how long did it take you to get to the upper Dulbi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Where did you guys put in at and how long did it take you to get to the upper Dulbi?
    We started in Galena, ran approx. 200 miles to the mouth of the Dulbi, then ended up going about 85 miles up the Dulbi. It ended up taking us 3 days just to get there. Started at 1:00 pm leaving Galena and ran pretty much non stop. Arrived at the mouth around 10:00pm. We then switched over from prop to jet and pitched a tent. Started out the next day only to find out that we could only get another couple miles up river loaded, so we unloaded, made camp, then ran about an hour up river empty just to see what it looked like and to decide our next move. Broke camp on the 3rd day, packed the tent, .375 H&H, a hand full of rounds and power bars, water filter, and enough fuel for a 140 mile round trip run, and went for it. We made it up in about 4 hours, made camp, and lived on power bars for the next 2 days. The bugs were almost non existant up river. After a couple days, we went back down to what we dubbed "base camp", and grabbed all our food, ammo, sunshade (Kelty), and a few other misc. things, more fuel and headed back up for a week. We shot both bulls on the 13th, calling the 2nd larger one right into camp, but on the other side of the river. It took two full loads and 2 full days to get everything back down to base camp.

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    Wow, sounds like a great trip!
    I assume you flew your boat into Galena (or did I miss something?) or was it a rental?
    congrats on the bulls!
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    That is a pretty epic trip. Did you guys already have a boat in Galena, or were you able to borrow or rent one there?

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    We rented the boat in Galena. All in all it was a pretty expensive trip, but well worth the money. We were really hoping for larger moose and actually passed on a 60's bull the first day of our hunt, thinking that we had the whole hunt ahead of us and didn't want to start tagging out before really getting into it. As it turned out that first bull was the largest we saw, but that's ok we still got meat for the freezer and had a great time doing it.

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    Thanks for the information. Looks like you guys had a nice hunt. I've been interested in the Unit 21 drawing hunts, but the logistics seem imposing as you have noted.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK Troutbum View Post
    We rented the boat in Galena. All in all it was a pretty expensive trip, but well worth the money. We were really hoping for larger moose and actually passed on a 60's bull the first day of our hunt, thinking that we had the whole hunt ahead of us and didn't want to start tagging out before really getting into it. As it turned out that first bull was the largest we saw, but that's ok we still got meat for the freezer and had a great time doing it.

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