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    From put-in at the Richardson Hwy, how far you gotta run up the Salcha before you start seeing caribou in any numbers? How far until you get away from the crowds? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuntnFish View Post
    From put-in at the Richardson Hwy, how far you gotta run up the Salcha before you start seeing caribou in any numbers? How far until you get away from the crowds? Thanks in advance.
    Above the fork, about 75 miles or so from the ramp. Most folks I have seen successful were in airboats or small jet boats. "ROCK GARDEN" was a term I have heard to describe the upper river.

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    I heard almost the same my buddy who got one last year I believe 40 river miles up, I heard about the rock garden but both buddies who go up there one is is a 16 ft 50/35 jet, the other in a 18/60 90/65 and they said they had no problems and it was a fairly easy river to run. I was thinking on doing the trip. I will dig my buddies for more info and let you know what i find out.

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    The river drops real fast in the fall, I have seen the river drop out from under people. There are a few boats in the trees along the river to attest to that fact. It can be done seen a few nice heads that came from up river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    The river drops real fast in the fall, I have seen the river drop out from under people. There are a few boats in the trees along the river to attest to that fact. It can be done seen a few nice heads that came from up river.

    Good luck

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    All good info I hear and know of the same stories, thats why I am debating a haul road bow hunt instead, but to beat the rush and if the river stays high I know of some nice bou that came out the area. Ill keep an eye on the thread maybe someone else has some more input to offer

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    Thanks, guys. I also have a small airboat but the Lycoming engine doesn't do as well with fuel as the Suzuki 70 4-stroke. I don't want to have to deal with hiding gas in the bushes, etc. I'm in an 18ft sled. I've heard of the river dropping out real quick. The caribou hunt starts in just a few weeks, there should be water (especially with all of this rain). Thanks for all the info. I'd take anything else you got.

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