The Moon was looking good enough to take a picture of, so I did.
We also had such clear skys, it frosted thickly last night as well.
Fall time IS here......lower temps, mild days and clear nights...gotta work up some fish now too, as insects are dying off ...Yeee Hawww.....
Every thing is yellowish redish green, so my red hooded sweater and my Packers jacket are hard to beat as camoflauge ,today, in the Arctic.
We are getting ready for a few days out, after memeorial day madness flows down the Kobuk....This is the time when Caribou will bunch up and the lead herds of Cows followed by Bulls will begin the migration along ridges that lead to rivers and thats where we harvest them.
We wait untill we spot a well trod path and if theres females crossing ,or just a few Bulls, we let them pass. We always let the first one establish a trail, so the ones following will cross exactly where we can expect them.
I take away all advantage and shoot them in the river with a .22lr to the back of the head.
Leagal and ethical, it piths them, you get no sick of wounded, no suffering, no bleeding out.......you have a very good look and see that they are fat and healthy and you put the bullet into the individuals head and it wont pass through and wound or ricochet. Caribou travle and cross rivers in bunches, so not shooting all the way through the head is important.
Its subsitance meat hunting for 15 in our house and many others in the community, theres no sport involved in getting people fed.
Sooo , we want Meat at its best.
Fat Bulls will have the butt higher than the tail as the fats grow between the skin and the meat, as insulation. a few good wrinkles when the tail is up....This can make a Big bulls butt look wide and the tail low to the back. Rolling hips are a good sign and a fat Bull is a real prize
Nothing is wasted, no meat at all. Intestines get fat and meat packed for home made sausages. internal organs are saved as they are prime at that time of year. The Antlers will be dry and hard.
The antlers make good carving material, the hides make good bedding, tent floors, sleeping bags and such. Best in the winter camping bedding in the Arctic.
After popping them in the head we take them to a rocky or preferably grassy bank to work them, avoiding sand.
I'll wait untill the puddles are frozen all day and then spend a week getting carcasses hung up, 5 a day, skin on hunting them in the early morning and doing them a good work over by days end.In the crisp air, they freeze slowly, and make a great feed through the freeze up when travling is restricted due to thin ice and little snow cover on the tundra.
With the latest frosts, we have changed over from Blue berrys to Cranberrys and black berrys along the sandy coast. These woman will pick untill the snow covers them too much, and keep the berrys frozen untill we use them.