At 48, instead of getting the red sports car and younger wife, I've decided to go hunting for the first time. Last summer it was dipnetting for the first time at Chitina (and again this summer). So I got my fishing/hunting license in May and filled in the application for the Nelchina Caribou herd hunt in unit 13. Since I had not hunted before I was told that it was unlikely I would win a permit and was not expecting to. But yesterday I discovered by accident (online) that I had won an RC566 permit. I had assumed I would get something in the mail notifying me of this, but saw in this forum that one could check your status online and was quite surprised to learn I had won a permit there.
So my question is this: is it important to get out as soon as possible after August 10 to get my caribou? I don't have four-wheeler--just a four wheel drive truck. Any other advice is welcome as well. My gut feeling is that this will be a nice introduction to caribou hunting.