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    We are headed out on a 21 day hunt and looking for any sugestions. what are some things that you would take along. we are float hunting for moose and caribou. I have done several hunts along this line before. I just havent went out for that long before.

    the main thing I am wonder about is what to take for food. since we are flying in I am limited to about 50lbs worth of food.


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    50 pounds of food for three weeks - sounds like a lot of freeze dried, beef jerky, ramen noodles, and the like. No way to get really caried when you're limited by weight and time factors.

    One other concern - if you're out for that long, you're gonna need to make arrangements for meat pickup if you shoot anything in the first 2 weeks, I don't think it would be very easy to keep meat for three weeks in the field while you're floating.

    Good luck, have a great trip, take lots of photos, and file a report here when you return.

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    Food and meat care as pointed out above.

    I'm working on a list of food for a sheep hunt right now, we figured on 1.5 pounds apiece a day, so for our 9 day hunt we came up with 13.5 apiece or 27 pounds, this may be more than most take for a sheep hunt (just the typ. freeze dried and such, but heavy with the bars and some real food) But lets call it 25

    So, and you didn't say how many people, but one person at 1.5 for 21 days would be a little over 30 pounds for one person. If its just you then its fine, and way under, could pack some decent food too.

    As stated above, it would be hard to keep meat for the time frame suggested, you could schedule a midhunt meat pickup, and have more food brought in?? If the 50 pounds was for more than one? Just some thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by youngtrout View Post

    As stated above, it would be hard to keep meat for the time frame suggested, you could schedule a midhunt meat pickup, and have more food brought in??
    I think Mr. Trout has the best answer. A midhunt meat pick up and food drop. Extra money, but probably well worth it. Some places in this state, enforcement is now citing hunters who return to town with spoiled meat.
    Just be sure you have a few extra days food in case the plane is weathered out.
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    For three weeks? Perhaps the Noatak River? Not sure man, but you better be taking a fishing rod

    Float trip food ideas....

    On remote fly in float trips, weight/volume are always obstacles when planning meals. Also, if you are not carrying a cooler, you have more to factor in. While there are many ways to do things, some work better than others. Each float trip, we revise our food choices, holding on to what worked last time, and improving on food choices we were not so happy. Below is a brief run down of how I do things. Perhaps some of this information will generate some thought to help you better plan food on your next float trip.

    For breakfast, we like bagels with the precooked bacon packs. The Boars Head comes in two seperate pouches which is convenient. Oscar Meyer comes in one bigger pack. We like block cheese and Harvest Food eggs (see their website for all kinds of great products). I use their powdered oil/shortening in my dutch oven. Works just like regular oil but without the weight/mess. We also take hot oatmeal and recently discovered Richmoor cold cereal. Just add water type. It comes in granola with strawberries and granola with raspberries. Both are delicious. I am 6' 6" and weigh 300 lbs. So I will buy 4 packs of the cereal and vacuum seal. 2.5 for me and 1.5 for my wife. If you eat a 2,000 calorie a day diet normally, perhaps one pack would be enough for breakfast. They taste great. I buy mine from www.wildernessdining.com This site sells lots of other great food items. Check out their website for all kinds of food related items. Great selection of hard to find items. I get the peanut butter and jelly individual packs there too. Great for putting on flour tortilla wraps or bagels for snacks/lunches. Very convenient. Comes with strawberry or grape jelly. These are larger packs and have plenty to make a sandwich or bagel. They also sell cheese in packs like this. That with some pilot bread would make a great snack/lunch.

    For lunch we take Mountain House Pro Paks. Vacuum sealed and slightly smaller portions than the regular Mtn House meals, they pack small and light yet are plenty for lunch. They come in about 10 different types. Chilli-Mac, spaghetti, and Lasagna are my favorites. Go to the Mountain House website and order there. One nice thing about having these meals for lunch everyday is that it makes things simple. No meal planning. Save that for the dinners. Keep it simple. Just boil some water riverside and have lunch. This route also saves weight compared to many other food ideas.

    For dinner, we go through more trouble. For the purpose of good morale perhaps. We take Darn Good (brand) dried chilli bags and make Jiffy cornbread in the dutch oven. We also make grayling gumbo. We take Zatarains Gumbo (dry mix) and slivers of about 2 lbs of grayling. Cook slow while the Bisquick garlic biscuits cook in the aluminum GSI 10" dutch oven. It only weighs 4 lbs and can be found on the wilderness dining website above. Also at Campmor.com. We cook fish for about 3/7 meals too. Usually dolly vardon (arctic char). We get Idaho instant potatoes (garlic is our favorite). We will make garlic bisuits in the dutch oven to go with. We also make mac and cheese to go with fish. Simple things like that. Some of the easy to make Suddenly Salad brands are nice too. They have a ranch and italian cold pasta salad. Great sides for a fish meal. We have also packed the 10" pita pizza deals. Take the pizza sauce in the bags and some block cheese to grate. Two person may be enough. And of course the pepperoni. In a pinch, we will just have one of the extra Mtn House Pro Paks. Maybe too tired to cook or got into camp late. Bad weather and such. I always carry 2-3 extra Mtn House Pro Paks. One tip, tape a disposable plastic spoon to the lasagna packs. The cheese in them is nearly impossible to get off your standard Lexan spoon. We burn the disposable spoon with the bag the meal was in. Dishes done.

    Save the clean lexan spoon for stirring the 100 proof peppermint schnapps into the hot chocolate. Also, Captain Morgans rum and hot apple cider is a good camp fire drink. For other times of the day, we take Crystal Light sticks and perhaps one gatorade packet per person/per day.

    For deserts, we take the Backpackers Pantry (brand) cheese cake and cream pie (same things). I love lemon, but chocolate mousse, strawberry, banana, and dark chocolate are great. Just add and stir some cold water into the bag, then sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs on top (included in the pack) and then let it sit and think for about 10 minutes. This desert must be tried. Amazing stuff.

    For snacks, the normal fare. Dried fruit and beef jerky vacuum seals to very small packs. Leave out the mango and apricots as it makes everything sticky. We love Cliff bars as they can get squished and are not effected by heat. Comes in about 20 flavors. And of course some home made gorp with the larger size M&M's.

    For coffee, only Peet's arabian mocha java or major dickisons blend will do. Order online from Peet's and specify that you want press pot grind. You do this when finalizing the order. Get a french press to take on the trip. I have a stainless model that I got from Campmor. I think they quit carrying that model, but REI and others carry it. GSI also makes some lexan french presses. They work fine, I just preferred the stainless model. Point is, this makes great coffee and it is the perfect way to start a day on a float trip. We get small 16,8,4 ounce nalgene bottles (campmor) and put the coffe, powdered creamer, and sweetener in them. Good stuff man.
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    Did a 20 day on the Noatak. PM me if you would like to talk.

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    20 day trip..or 20 day hunt? I can't see doing a trip that long without a meat pickup somewhere along the way.
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    20 day hunt, Mid hunt pick-up... Best hunt and trip of my life... 0 problems!

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    Sounds like a blast. If you have a good air taxi that you can trust to take care of your meat it sounds like a great way to go. That's where sat phones come in handy. In 2006 40Mile air came to get my meat, then I was weathered in for a day or so. I got back to town worried, but the meat was taken care of very well in their cooler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    Sounds like a blast. If you have a good air taxi that you can trust to take care of your meat it sounds like a great way to go. That's where sat phones come in handy. In 2006 40Mile air came to get my meat, then I was weathered in for a day or so. I got back to town worried, but the meat was taken care of very well in their cooler.
    Same with my moose in 2006 Doug - shot it on the 2nd day of the hunt, took that evening and the next day to field dress, bone out, and pack back to the landing strip. 40 Mile picked it up the following afternoon, and we hunted another 5 days before flying out. The meat had been in the freezer, it barely started to thaw on the 6 hour drive back to Anchorage from Tok.

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