A couple of days ago I got back from a caribou hunting/flying trip up to the arctic. It was a great experience and my tricked out 7GCBC did a great job. We hunted not to far from Kavik, down in a creek bed and transported our meat back to Happy Valley. My partner and I shot 4 medium sized meat bulls all with-in 400 yards of the plane. Because of the less than 300 foot strip(sloping and water on both ends) and warm weather, played it safe taking lighter loads out than I would of preferred(one bou at a time). Chase truck and 120 gallons of fuel made the truck possible. Next time I will have a sat phone for safety(wife says). The weather went from snowing one morning to 65 degrees two days later. Feds were present and hit one the commerical 135 guys in a husky for inspection violations and left alot of very mad customers stuck there. They also busted an outlaw transporter the day we got back into Happy Valley, according to one of the other operators. The north slope commerce people was there flashing badges and asking alot of questions to see if we were private indivuals or was transporting/guiding so they could collect fees. The hundreds of hours practicing and playing at Knik helped alot. Met some great people, had lot of fun, brought some great meat home, and learned alot. Talk about priceless!