I've gone into the Kenai Mountain Herd hunt area twice now to try and fill the tag I drew for a caribou there. I worked my ass off on both hunts and just couldn't find a bou yet. It sure wasn't for lack of trying. I'm not giving up, I hate to lose. Snow or not, I'm going back in there next week. That brings me to my questions related to rut.
-Do you think those bulls are in rut yet?
-If they are, what is your opinion of caribou bull meat in rut? I've heard a lot of things and am unsure what to think. Some say it's only good for sausage. Some say if you keep the pissy hairs off the meat when you are dressing out the bull then you won't contaminate the meat and it is fine for steaks. Some say the meat is good in or out of rut and to take a bull.
-Should I just take a cow?
I've got four kids and am looking to fill the freezer with some good eating meat, and if I have to take a cow to do that, I will. This is the first big game I've hunted, and also the first year I put in for permits. I drew this one and I'm not taking it lightly. I will fill this tag. So any info you can give would be greatly appreciated.