After 34 years in Alaska my wife and I have made the decision to leave the state . She wants to go caribou hunting again and in the past I suggested doing a fly-out drop hunt like did in 1992 for Mulchatna caribou. With the decline of the Mulchatna heard that is no longer an option so, that leaves the WACH in the forefront for such an adventure. Keeping that in mind I offered the possibility of doing a float hunt which is open to thus far and I have always wanted to do a float hunt ( and other things before I ever left here). Well time is now getting short and I figure I will start with this item.
To all of the experience lurking about this forum I pose this question with these conditions in mind :We have considerable outdoor experience, quality gear and do not mind putting effort into our experiences and have participated in several remote hunts, me in particular. We are in our mid forties of age and I am 6'4", strong and fit, my wife is not athletic but she is in good health and gives it her all.
We have canoe and jet boat experience but lack any real raft experience other than a couple of white water/fish/camp trips between us making us novice or beginners by the time this takes place. I feel like I have seen enough class II/III water that I am not really concerned with it but, I do realize that a momentary lapse in judgment can make for a lousy day.
Now the question(s) is... What suggestions do any of you have for a float hunt, on a fairly sedate river, in country offering a reasonable chance to take a couple caribou ?
Which size/type of raft, round or cat, length best suited for two people and gear, perhaps 2 caribou and maybe a bear, 5-10 days ?
Thank you for your responses as I sift through the other threads I find relative to this.