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    Default 40 mile hunt rc867

    For all that are wanting to get out for the December 1st 40 Mile hunt the quota is 140 total animals (not a lot). There are currently per the hotline no closures on the Steese Highway and it is suppose to open Monday. As far as the Taylor Highway it is closed to mile 60 (as usual) and there is an EO which has it open for only a single day (closes at midnight on Monday), I imagine there are lots of Bou on the Taylor thus the EO to limit harvest.

    Got to work on Monday so to bad for me I guess. Does anyone have plans on heading out for one? Anyone know what the snow conditions are on the Taylor Highway, as the road is not plowed? And more importantly anyone been to either area lately (Steese or Taylor Highways).

    Good luck to all that try to fill their tags and let us see your pics upon your return.

    Check the hotline before heading out 267-2310.

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    Yeah F&G today in Fbks said that this hunt will most likely close in a 24 hour period. Numbers are reported to be weak on the Steese but the bou are literally all along the road on the Taylor, hence the EO and partial road closure.

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    Anyone with Monday off might have a meat hunt on the Taylor I guess. Anyone know of the snow condition on the Taylor Highway?

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    is anyone bringing snowmachines, or are people planning on driving their vehicles on the taylor?

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    Default Taylor or bust

    I have completed this hunt once a couple years ago. I drove my truck with with a trailer which had two snowmobiles on, up the Taylor about 60 miles. I have an extended cab chevy 4X4. There was about two feet of snow, and I had no problems. I would say there was about 20 vehicles in the ditch and upside down along the way. I never took my snowmobiles off the trailer. I expected to cut bou tracks and then get the sleds off. We cut one set of tracks with 6 bou. There must have been 200 snowmobiles at that one point trying to find the bou. I continued on with my search.

    Caribou were scarce when I was there. If I ever did the hunt again, I would park at the beginning of the Taylor and ride the snowmobile back. I would have at least one other snowmobile in my party. I would also bring a sled made for a snowmobile to be towed. I would have fire starting material to warm up periodically on the ride.

    Hope this helps

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    I did the steese hunt last year - it was a zoo, way too many people.

    Because of that I really questioned doing it again, but...I didn't get a moose this year so still need to put some meat in the freezer.

    I'm hoping since it's a monday there won't be quite as many people out as there were last year. I suppose the deployment might impact the number of hunters too and if the caribou are sparse on the steese as someone said above, then maybe that will ease some of the pressure.

    At any rate, I hope everyone that goes has a safe and successful hunt!

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    Just got back from the steese ptarmigan hunting ( results posted in small game )and also scoping the area out for a few friends. We saw about 30 caribou in small satelite herds all along the steese and also lots of bou coming down the mountains on the white mountains side. I must add that we saw two very respectable bulls that had beautifull racks still on....Roads are in very good shape and the snow depth varies on where your at. 12 mile summit about knee deep and of course eagle summit wind blown and about 3 feet right off the road.....Good luck to all that are going....

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    Up today and seen most of the bou between 12 Mile and Eagle Summit. Seen several down by different groups of hunters. Wind's a howling and colder than snot on the tops. Eagle Summit was closed earlier but the plows were running getting the road cleared and the vehicles unstuck. Went all the way to Central but no caribou up that direction. Talked to some other groups up there too that had been out but hadn't seen anything either.

    Good luck to everyone else!!
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    I was up there today too and we got two bou, me and a buddy. There were lots of bou on the SE side of the highway in the hills. We werent out there on top 30 minutes when we spotted some bou and started our stalk. They were in teh open, we closed the dstance to 400 yards, a couple shots later we were loadng bou and heading out. It was colder than snot on top of the ridges, wind was blowing and the temp at the parking lot was -8 when we headed out.

    I want to say that I dont normally do this hunt, but decided to this year. There were hundreds of hunters all up and down the Steese highway, but everyone we encountered was courteous, helpful ( we got a flat on the trailer on teh way up an dlike 6 different trucks stopped to ask if we needed help), friendly, and overall guys were helpful in telling each other where the Caribou were, us included. The troopers were up there doing their thing and overall it was great day. Saw lots of trucks wth 4 place trailers and 4 sleds on deck that never left the road (which I dont understand) but the guys that got off the road and rode back into the hghcountry did real well. The only thing negativ I can say is, that folks need to get out to the range and shoot their guns more often. I saw a lot of shots fired that never found their mark, even inside 150 yards.

    This guy will make for some good eating and had a beautiful hide.




    New sled worked Great!


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    but no bou from the Taylor. There has not been many from mile 60 and up, so doubt success was high. Again saw no bou in trucks refueling in Tok. Supposed to be -40 here in the morning! WOO HOO!

    Congrats Cub! Looks like you got some good eating there.

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    Maybe the folks that went in off the Taylor are still trying to warm up after returning, or on their way back. Hope they had some luck but also hoping the quota holds through the weekend. Temps off the Steese look to be -25 without wind chill for this weekend.

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    Congratulations, Cub! Thanks for sharing the stories and pictures. The bluish tint in the pics seems to capture just how cold it was. Good stuff!

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    We went in last night and at about midnight they closed the pass just as we made it on the other side. Got up and headed out at daybreak, the wind and snow blowing was crazy. With as many people that where up there and no sign we headed back out. Too many up there with bad visibility I didn't want to be mistaken for dinner. We headed to Central with no sign. On the way out on the other side of the pass people where bringing them out. I got a good sized cow at 150-200 yards while she was running. My first Caribou too. I second, everyone we talked to was super nice and helpful.

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    Looks like the reports from the above posts on the Steese were pretty accurate, ADF&G released an Emergency Order which also closes the Steese portion this Thursday at midnight 11:59PM, there goes my weekend chance. Temps looked bad but getting out for a Caribou would have been nice. Odds are pretty low for the weekend budget hunter now to get anything this year. Looks like I can pack away the big game gear until Spring Bear. Good luck to anyone who gets out there in the next couple of days and please post your reports and pics!

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    Mission accomplished, but we had to put in a lot of effort for it (compared to last year!). Put 20 some miles on the sleds and got the second of our two bou not long before dark. We only saw 6 or 7 bands of animals all day.

    The post above saying it was nasty on top was no joke...anywhere near a saddle the wind just accelerated. Horrible visibility and some nasty deep drifts on the lee side. Here's a couple pics that really don't do the conditions justice...one is of a buried wheeler quite a ways in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by akjw7 View Post
    Mission accomplished, but we had to put in a lot of effort for it (compared to last year!). Put 20 some miles on the sleds and got the second of our two bou not long before dark. We only saw 6 or 7 bands of animals all day.

    The post above saying it was nasty on top was no joke...anywhere near a saddle the wind just accelerated. Horrible visibility and some nasty deep drifts on the lee side. Here's a couple pics that really don't do the conditions justice...one is of a buried wheeler quite a ways in!
    Glad I got mine in August that looks cold too
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    Default Two bou for us

    My hunting partner and I went in about 8 miles of the road and found a small group. I shot the smallest caribou I have ever had my scope on, (a small bull), and my buddy shot a medium sized bull. The wind was awful I had to keep warming my hands up under the muffler of my snogo before I could shoot. I left my pics at work so I will post them tomorrow.

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    Unhappy Taylor Highway Dec 1st

    I haven't seen anyone report off the Taylor Highway Caribou hunt yet! Probably because it was so poor. Nobody wants to admit to the big skunk. We hunted all day between miles 70 and 104 and didn't see any animals at all. EVERYONE we talked to, including Wildlife Troopers, hadn't seen an animal. We only saw two sets of tracks made since the last snow. Not one animal on vehicles. Snowmachiners reported the same zero success. If any Bou were taken off the Taylor, I would be surprised. No blood marks anywhere and at Fast Eddies motel and eatery there was the same story from everyone we talked to. One Wildlife Trooper said the area was covered with Bou two days earlier but the wind/snow must have started them moving and there were none around on Monday. So much for this year's hunt. Glad to hear some on the Steese had success.

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    Default saw some off Taylor

    As stated before the Taylor Highway was dead. I did accually spot up to about 6-10 bou about 1.5 miles from the road at about mile 95 or so. I tried to get out after them on snowshoe, but once I got with in about 800 yards I knew that if I did get one it was going to be a chore getting it back to the road, there was about 3 feet + of sugar snow and my wind was horrible to try to get much choser. Since it was early in the day, I thought I could find something more do able, little did I know then that that was it. Kind of been second guessing myself and just should have went for it.

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    Where the folks that hunted the Taylor able to drive trucks on the road or did you have to sled in?

    Thanks

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