I am writing this to clarify the broken glass incedent up north. Although the story is a bit disturbing, keep in mind that most of the Truckers up north have heard about this and do not approve of the Pilot Truck driver's actions.
In addition, please remember to bring your saftey kits and any emergency type equipment.
Last Thursday a friend and I headed up north to bow hunt the caribou. We saw nearly nothing (5 bou across the Sag) and drove all the way to Deadhorse that day.
Friday we started out just before light from Deadhorse and immediately saw some animals off the right side of the road. My friend got out to try the low-crawl stalk, a pretty funny sight seeing how it was his first time hunting caribou with a bow. He would get within 90 yards and they would just get up and walk another 50 . After an hour of this fun I put an end to it, and we headed south again, spotting about 120 along a 10 mile stretch. We found some cover, but it was not in the books as the wind changed and they headed off.
We headed south again and this time spotted at least 400 animals to our right. Droves of them where coming over the hills and we knew this was our chance. We saw two loners way ahead of the heard coming our way and parked the truck. Caribou don't always go where you think they will and we misjudged by 150 yards where they would cross. So back to the truck.
I drove north to turn around and spot the herd. Again, we saw 2 decent bulls coming our way. This time, we have plenty of time to watch as they are about a mile off the road headed our way. My buddy hops out and guides my truck off into the snow. I pull off so that my truck was in as far as I could go without losing traction and my left tires still in the gravel on the road. In addition, I was parked uphill so anyone coming behind me would have a good view when they crested the hill behind me.
We headed off to the left side of the road about 630 yards right in line with where the bou where walking and found a couple decent divets in the tundra for cover. Right as we sat down the pilot truck pulled up in front of my truck, retrieved a tool from the back of his truck and smashed my driver's side window. He then got up on my step side and smashed my windshield right in the driver's field of view. By the time he got back to his truck I had covered about 200 yards, and was having some bad thoughts, but didn't do anything because he may have been carrying a gun.
That is the short/long of it. I will answer any questions for the next few days that you guys might have.