Looks like my family is going to be missing our freezer shelf full of caribou burger this winter...
I did try to get out for one a couple weeks ago, but the entire hunt was on weekdays so it was tough.
Shame that this hunt (fall and winter) are probably going to end up as a drawing or otherwise restricted hunt (more restricted than it is now as a typical 1 or 2 day hunt).
For my family this is a shame, because I am not aware of any other caribou meat hunts that are as inexpensive as this. Not everyone has the money to fly out, not everyone has the money for a drive up the haul road, not everyone has the money for a nice enough truck to take that far from town in the first place , not everyone has the money for a boat that can make it 90 miles up the salcha (not to mention the gas $$$ required!), etc etc...
It's looking like a lousy winter of steroid beef and high (higher I should say) grocery bills - the three times I had plans to get to chitina with a carpool the river flooded out, so no fish. Missed the fall bou and now the winter hunt is cancelled. Guess I'm hoping I can bag a legal moose (meanwhile I know people with any bull tags that don't even plan to hunt their permit area, choosing rather to look for legal bulls elsewhere - but that's another thread! )
if anybody knows of another reasonably inexpensive location where there's a chance that hard work = caribou, my wife would be thrilled if you would PM me
guess I'm just whining...but it's out of my system now