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    Default Anyone see kenai caribou lately?

    My buddy has a permit... Where do the bou hang in the winter? Valley bottoms I'd assume?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    My buddy has a permit... Where do the bou hang in the winter? Valley bottoms I'd assume?
    I haven't seen them recently, but in years past I've found the Kenai herd milling about in the "great swamp" along K-Beach road. But it seems that in recent years they have been spending more and more time north of Kenai. Probably due to civilzation moving in to the K-Beach areas. There really are no "valley bottoms" in this entire area. It's all flatland.
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    I've seen those too, I should have been more specific, permit area is ressurection pass... You can't hunt the kenai flats herd...
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    I'm not so sure that the valley bottoms would be the spot. The weather might be nicer down low, but the vegation gets cleared by the wind on the ridges. I've hunted this herd a few times in the past, but never this late. Have him call the area biologist. I'm sure he/she would be able to give your buddy some solid information on where to look.

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    Ah, that clears up the other question I had. In years past when they issued permits for the Kenai area (very few of them), F&G basically pointed out to the hunter which animal to take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOAT View Post
    Ah, that clears up the other question I had. In years past when they issued permits for the Kenai area (very few of them), F&G basically pointed out to the hunter which animal to take.
    For the Kenai Mountains hunt they give out 250 permits. It seems like a lot, but success rates are usually somewhere around 3-5%. It's a WAY harder hunt than most people realize, and the caribou densities are fairly low. It takes 250 permits just to get a harvest of ~15 animals.

    I didn't realize they had a hunt on the Kenai flats in the past. That would be a nice freezer filler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    I'm not so sure that the valley bottoms would be the spot. The weather might be nicer down low, but the vegation gets cleared by the wind on the ridges. I've hunted this herd a few times in the past, but never this late. Have him call the area biologist. I'm sure he/she would be able to give your buddy some solid information on where to look.
    I think you nailed it Brian. I haven't been on the Kenai but early this year we were up in the AK range and spotted several small herds of bou, all of them were up fairly high. The most notable was a group of 5 or 6 that were sky-lined almost a thousand vertical feet above a band of 20 ewes and lambs!

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    well if they are on wind hammered ridges that double good news, easier to spot and less avy danger
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    I think you nailed it Brian. I haven't been on the Kenai but early this year we were up in the AK range and spotted several small herds of bou, all of them were up fairly high. The most notable was a group of 5 or 6 that were sky-lined almost a thousand vertical feet above a band of 20 ewes and lambs!
    Oh come on now there was one 3/4 curl in there.

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