I'm looking through the drawing permit supplement, and I'm considering the DC590 hunt in the western Talkeetnas. I would plan to get air-dropped or fly myself (depending on how my flight training goes through the winter and whether or not I have a plane by then...) I did a little research on this forum, and did not find too much. One past thread says that a hunter flew in and still found it very crowded with not many caribou. Another hunter said he did not see any other hunters, but it was mostly because the weather was bad and shut many other folks out.
Does anybody have some experience with this hunt they would be willing to share?? Are there plenty of places to land to offer a decent hunt without being piled on top of other hunters, or is access limited to just a few landing strips where the caribou (and other hunters) are most likely to be? I have absolutely no problem with hiking several miles away from a strip, especially if the landing strips are higher up and out of the thicker and wetter tundra.
Keep in mind that I am weighing this against another trip up the Haul Road, which I will do if I don't get drawn or decide not to apply for the 14B hunt. If I get the impression that DC590 has a lower likelihood of finding caribou and a higher likelihood of running into other hunters, I will probably opt to just go up the Dalton.
Thanks for any advice.