I currently have a 16' AIRE cat. At the time I purchased it, I didn't think I would be doing float hunts (although I remember a certain someone telling me about 4 years ago I should buy a 18' Cat). This next fall, I will be doing a float hunt (or at least I am trying to get one researched).
From my experience with the Jag, the tubes are smaller diameter than NRS 16' cats, and may not be able to haul as much. Anyone know a good capacity? I know this depends on river conditions. I was on a river 2 summers ago with 4 people and very minimal gear. Weight probably was around 750 pounds. I canít say if the problem was low river or too much weight. I want to say it was the river. We only drug a couple of times.
Well I guess I want to know if the Cat will cut it for a fly in float hunt, which I guess will depend on species hunted, river location, and amount of gear taken.
Gear will be 100 lbs. total (+/for comforts or basics) for two hunters plus food and salt for capes.
For my first float hunt I was thinking of Beaver Creek (maybe just for scenary and a bear). My second hunt will be up in the Brooks Range somewhere (maybe the Sag).
So will the 16' cat cut it for 2 people and 2 caribou?
Then I was thinking about getting another raft because might have more of the family that wants to come hunting. Because of finances, I was thinking either Pro Pioneer or AIRE traveler. I don't want to get into the AIRE vs. PP debate. I know the PP is great for hunting flat, small streams but I am leaning towards the AIRE because it is lighter. Anyone hunt out of their traveler? I have seen many pictures of PP hunting, anyone have AIRE traveler experience?