I am curious about how you guys that hunted up here did this year? From a locals point of view (as local as I will get) there seamed to be very little “Free Meat” at he air port. This means one of 2 things…. #1 All of the talk about wasted meat and taking responsibility of your kill has had some positive results, or that there was fewer animals harvested. I would like to believe that #1 is the truth here but your response will either confirm or deny that.
My floaters had success over-all group this year. There were fewer big animals taken than in past years but more guys took home nice animals. I took a nice caribou on day 1 of my 5 days out and a good moose on day 4. No trophies but good-looking bulls and loads of meat for another long winter. I just got back in form my cabin up the Noatak a few hours ago and I saw and chased 2 large groups of caribou but could not get close enough for a shot. The first group was about 35 animals with 6-8 big bulls, the largest I have seen this year. While chasing them over another hill (after the first 3 hills) I spotted a group of over 100 animals down near the creek. I have to hope for next weekend and that the water stays ice free for a week or 2 more!
Well I hope you all had a good hunt this fall and let me know how you did!