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    Default Yet another great hunt for 2010

    I would like to start off in saying a great big thank you to Larry for another great float hunt planned by him. It was an outstanding float and it was everything he said it would be , again .

    The hunt started way far on the north side of the Brooks range , my wife and I were so far north their was a Polar bear in our area !!! Seen and photographed by a group of naturalists with cameras ( no guns what so ever other than the guide ) also on a float hunt in front of us .We did not see it but talked to the guide in charge of the float .


    Here is our landing area that our epic hunt would start at way high in the Brooks Range.

    After getting camp set up for the night we started to ferry our raft gear to one of the deeper braids of the river/little run off that was about a half mile away , whew .After a night at the landing spot my wife tried her luck on sneaking up on a marmot ( I think it was a Marmot ) that was in our area . I told her that critter might get upset and go Rambo on her if she got to close as it was chattering away at her!!!! She was winded and it took off .We packed up what was left from the night before and took it to the raft gear and started to assemble our river ride.



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    The fist day was absolutely great , we must of counted over a 100 sheep on the mountain sides as we rode our way through the wonderful rock gardens at 9.5 MPH .

    I have never worked a set of oars as I worked them on my raft that day .I think it was almost 12 continuous miles of these wonderful boulders till we was through them .


    The second day of rafting started out like the first ,just wonderful to say the least.

    The weather as for most of the hunters this year was sunny and warm. We now are on the lookout for Bull Caribou and good fishing spots .Later that evening right around 4:30 PM my wife spots a Bull off in the distance so we pull over and I get set up for the shot. She ranges it at 270 Yards so I adjust to the distance and blammy the 338 barked to life and the hand loaded 210 Grain Nosler Partition did itís job and the bull dropped out of sight .

    My wife says where did it run off to ?? I said it didnít it dropped right in itís tracks.

    We packed our gear and headed off to field strip the Bou .As we get closer we see it is on the other side of a braid . Did I mention there was 100ís of braids to pick through ??? Anyway there was no way we could cross anywhere close so we went back to the raft and pulled it back up stream to the connecting braid which was about 600 yards away , wow that was not fun at all !!!!


    We get to the bou and make short work of cutting up the bou and get it loaded on the raft . It was a perfect meat bull, not huge but very nice.

    Hit the river again and after a couple hours we find a high spot and make our patch of land home for the next couple days .

    We enjoyed the scenery ,fished and had the scope out looking for other prospects .My wife did a lot of rock hunting and at the end of the trip she had about 40 pounds of rocks !!! No kidding. She does this on all of our hunting trips .





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    Hit the river again and within a couple hours is when we met the raft of naturalists and the guide .They were packing up their camp .After a quick chat that is when he let us know of the Polar Bear . When we get back on the river my wife says GREAT not only do we have to watch out for brown bears we have to look out for Mr. Big and White.

    So for the next day and half my wife is looking through the binoculars and says I see something white but itís not moving ,Iíll watch it to make sure itís not Mr. nasty .All of the white spots she was watching turned out to be big white rocks as we floated by.

    Found a water fall of sorts coming into the river we was on and boy that area was full of Arctic Grayling , can you say Bou and fish for dinner does it get any better !!!

    Back on the river again after a great night of sleep and a very good breakfast. According to our maps and GPS we was about 25 miles from our take out so we decided to push for it and stay at the take out for a couple days , so the push was on to get to out temporary patch of home . As we pull into our pull out area I climb the embankment to take a look around and as I look at our area I see a set of racks running , canít see the bou at all as it is on a slight hill only the racks can be seen so I get my rifle and set up again and wait till it is a ways out from our area I do not want a gut pile in our camp. I watch it cross a small braid and my wife says it is 165 yards out so I tell her to holler , she does and the bou stops to take a look at the funny noise ,my 338 comes to life again and 2nd bou is down , no wait it is back up again and heading to the river ,tht's all I need is to chase a floating bou down the river so second shot rings out and the bou is now taking a dirt nap.

    My wife and I start again with the gutting and cutting and wouldnít you know it the raft with the naturalists come floating by with eyes as wide as dinner plates. They were not happy to see a piled up Bloody Bou !!! I felt kind of bad that they had to see the dead Bou and My wife says they paid for their trip and we paid for ours so keep cutting , Did I say I love my wife !!!

    We had a great time on this trip as we do on all of them .we love spending time together on these hunts .After 29 years married we still love each others company.

    Thanks again Larry for a perfect planned trip and thanks to my wife for being the best hunt partner I ever had.



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    and a few more pictures

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    ok a few more

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    Rick,
    Great pics! I really like the one with you both in front of the Falls. Your a luck guy to have a wife that loves the outdoors the way you do. Mine wont come near me when im wearing camo

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    RR, man that country sure looks sweet. Pretty tough to complain being N of the Brooks. I see alot of couples hunting together, it must be great to share time afield with the wife. Love the pics, stories, and the raft is pretty cool too. Enjoy it brother, you earned it.

    Larry (pristine ventures) rocks, he always put a great trip together.

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    great report Rick... so did you trade off the soars this year? how did you like the yellow boat? in comparison to the two soars from last year...

    love the pics.. sure glad you said there was a marmont in the first one. LOL
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    Fun hunt...I like the way you counter-balanced your oars with rocks and duct tape!

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    Great story, even greater pics......................married 29 years? Did you marry her when she was 10? Is that 2nd pic really a hunting pic? Haha!
    Thanks for the post!
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    Congrats on a great trip. I'm envious that your wife heads out on adventures like that with you, looks like she dives right in and helps out too. Thanks for sharing the pictures and story.

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    Great hunt and account! Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    great report Rick... so did you trade off the soars this year? how did you like the yellow boat? in comparison to the two soars from last year...

    love the pics.. sure glad you said there was a marmont in the first one. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaTrueAdventure View Post
    Fun hunt...I like the way you counter-balanced your oars with rocks and duct tape!
    Yep that was my mistake .
    I usually work all new gear out for awhile to work the kinks out but I bought the oars and used them on a few surrounding lakes and did not test them on a river .I replaced some shorter oars I have .
    Long story short after the first long day on the river fighting the boulder gardens my arm was wiped out . I think the oars are about a foot to long .
    I told my wife I wished I had some of my lead I work with to add counter balance . While at our camp that night I was thinking what I could do and wallah the rock and the famous duct tape came to mind, problem fixed .
    It was a sweet ride after that.

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    Great hunt! Looks like you had great weather, too. I did one hunt with my wife. A Chugach sheep hunt. We learned that she was a bit scared of heights. I think I have done that float. PM sent.
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    GREAT POST!! Awesome pics and story. Also way to get the wife out there. Looks like she had a blast no doubt. Sure is nice to not have to worry about calling home to check every couple days due to the one you check in with is right by your side sharing all the moments of the hunts in person rather than just through pics. Thanks for sharing.

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    Awesome report RR, looks like you have a great partner there. Really enjoyed the photos and story. Would you share the details on your raft?? If so shoot me a PM about it.

    Great job, congrats to you both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    ... Would you share the details on your raft?? If so shoot me a PM about it.
    It's a "Sotar Radical."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarineHawk View Post
    It's a "Sotar Radical."
    I got that part, I was wanting price and where to buy as well as what it weighs and what is it rated to haul????

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    Yours was a great story with great pics. It's easy to tell that you had an awesome time and work really well together. I hope my wife and I are like that in another 22 years (already at 7 yrs).

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