Another member here thought I should post my story of my wife's and I walk-in 'bou hunt.
Hiked in on the evening of the 8th...saw this guy on the walk in to get the blood pumping:
I'm always amazed at how much bigger a large bull caribou's body is than a decent sized cow caribou.
Camped half way in. These three guys were browsing on alders 300 yrds from our tent that night. 2 of the 3 had 4 brow tines on atleast one side and the one on the left I'd put at over 50" already which is pretty darn good for August 8th:
Woke up to rain on August 9th but that knocked the smoke down as visibility of the area was less than a mile until the rain came. I was feeling sorry for the sheep hunters with visibility like that as we were hiking in.
Setup base camp on the 9th. And bucked up some firewood by hand and offered our fire to warm up by to some very damp sheep hunters warm up by our fire on their way in to hunt.
The 10th we woke up early hike 3 miles to our vantage point and saw atleast 50+ bou and not a person in sight with visibilty 5+ miles in every direction. Except for some sheep hunters high on the mountains that I found in the spotter.
Mostly cows, calves, and small bulls that weren't big enough to give me the warm fuzzy on antler size plus it was opening day so we let them walk.
The 11th we hiked 2 miles to get above tree line on our way to our vantage point. At which point I spotted a group of 6 'bou about a mile off (1.2 by GPS) and one was a small bull after examining through the spotter (almost didn't even bust out the spotter as I was too focused on getting back to our spotting hill).
Once we figured out it was a bull we set off after him. 1 hour later we were 150 yrds from 6 bedded caribou. Waited an hour for the bou to stand up and it was game over for the 'bou after I made my wife's (my old rifle) bark twice and he was down for good.
Then began the 3 mile (which is 11 miles total from the truck at that point) pack back to camp after we had him all cleaned up and packed in the packs. The load slings with the NICE pockets and daypack lids made for a money daypack setup capable of hauling out meat very nicely BTW.