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    we just got our first long weekend off after returning from iraq. i was hoping to run up the haul road tomorrow and try to put the thump on some groceries. is it still worth the trip up this late? does anyone know where the caribou are near? thanx in advance for any info. it's so nice to be home!

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    Default Congrads...

    on making it home! Not sure of the bou report up there, sry. Just wanted to say WELCOME HOME!

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    Holly,

    First off gald you made it back and Thank You! We went up the Haul last weekend and we saw about 20-30 between Pump 4 and the pass and then we saw about the same # on the way home at Finger Mt. We didn't have any luck, but things can change up there in a minute. Weather was good and the road was in good shape. Good luck if you head up.

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    Welcome home. Most bulls should have dropped there antlers now.
    Go up there anyway have fun and just relax. Once again welcome home.
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    Have you considered just taking a day trip up the Steese? If you have snowmachines or can borrow some, this might be an easier way to go.

    Good luck!

    -Brian

    (By the way, take a look at the thread labeled "North Slope" over on the bowhunting forum. It has a pretty recent report of the Haul Road.)

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    Default Steese 40 mile

    I second the recomendation to head to the Steese, you can get your registration tags online really easy. If you have or can rent a sled take it with you.

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    Just saw the other thread stating that the Steese hunt will close tomorrow night at midnight, so...if you can't go tomorrow, I guess the Haul Road it will be!

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    The Taylor is still open as far as I know and might be a better option.

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    welcome home.

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    welcome home and thanks you and your family for everything

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    Default moose instead

    i tried the steese friday and struck out. with no real promise of lots of caribou on the haul road, we changed plans that morning and snowmachined out the rex trail hoping for a cow. had to go clear in to wood r area before i got one. it was unseasonably (comfortably) warm for this time of year. didn't see anyone else for hours. for the first time i tried something i'd seen someone else do and cut the animal in half. gutting was simple and towing half a moose behind 2 sleds was so easy, i felt like i was getting away with something. left the hide on, so no contaminated meat and will have hundreds of pounds of sausage and burger and lots of other stuff in a week or so. thanx for the feedback.

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    Congratulations on your success! Home safe and now with a moose in the freezer! That's great.

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