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    Default Same ol' me.....

    Took a bit of a campout this last week to tie up our Fall.
    besides the Caribou we caught a couple weeks ago, we put out an 'extra speciall Kiss Kiss' hunt to kick off the new Hunting Seasson, you know ,the one that followed Yesterday...

    A Cousin, Alex, the Broinlaw Joe, a friend and camera man, Mike Z and myself started the day as normal, getting into a loaded boat.....

    So, upriver we went, merrily cruizing witha load or gas, tenting and guys, up for the first night while the wife and daughters brought up the rear, a day behind us, overnighting at her sister Nita's in Kiana and visiting around.

    We waited for Caribou to come down the hills to their Doom while crossing the river, but they were having none of it. Temps have plunged the river into solidifycation, one piece of ice at a time, and growing.
    With Bino's and scopes, people at Kiana village watched a herd of maby 500 decend to the river vally , only to turn and go right back up again, and to join up with another group, all awaiting 'Something"....

    We waited two days, and with the arrival of the girls, who enlarged and normalized the camp as a Butchering sight for a good ammount of Meats,we still waited... but the meats refused to decend....... and no new sucess's anywhere below the hovering Caribou, we told the ladies "Later!!" and burned our way further up, tward Kobuk sand Dunes and Caribou Bulls.
    For two days we had seen Caribou closely, but all were dead and in boats headed down, So we made a plan to not return untill we weree done in one form or the other.....

    We gassed and went, while promising that everything would be OK if we didnt return that night , and after a spell of winding driving, we had crossing Bull Caribou shot by boats infront of us, hundered of heads lining the river, lungs floating by and with two hours of light left ........and a group of 50 headed out to swim.......

    We drove very slowly, as they meanderd about 500 yards ahead, the lead Cow splashing, HUGE Bulls flowing, all Prime, Fat, unrutted prizes of taste and nutrition, walkin out when all hell broke loose, the band reversed as one and like water spilling over a table went up and dissapeared into the bushes a few yards North.

    Around the corner came two boats adrift, who had seen the Caribou and only later, Us. Actually turned out to be the next door neighbor and crew, and when we talked it over, they kindly apologized a bit and we told 'em "You couldnt know" and we all laughed.....as we had not seen each other untill the Cariboiu were gone anyway.

    Then we decided to build a fire and stay the night.
    We shot a crossing Bull and ate to our fill with meat over the fire and heart-tounge soup and broth to drink.
    Slept out in the open , in the lower twentys as the river grew louder and louder through the night, when ever growing pans of ice crashed and heaved into each other in the rivers flow......
    After a night of sleeping on bare frozen, rockhard sand we awoke to a foggy solidily frozen river, about 1/2 an inch thick....several inches where it had plied and frozen.....

    We were lucky in having a tin boat and a powerfull motor and we wasted no time getting ready to leave after coffee and a meaty breakfast.
    We watched several Caribou , in small and large groups approach to cross, but all turned back after testing the ice withh their hooves.
    We crossed the river and made our meat with the MosinNagant. Not the way we wanted, but the way we had too. Coulda' piled up the body's all right, but not this time, with any certainty of returning for more loads.....
    We were under Caribou supervision constantly as group after group approched and skirted us as we made quick work of the meats.
    We limited our catch to two Fat bulls, which were in the boat and busting ice within the hour. We knew we were gonna be busting ice and a wasting gas by teh bucket, and since nature delt the hand, we played it safe and folded.
    We spent the next 5 hours crashing, smashin, busting ice untill were were free about 5 miles upriver from the ladies.
    We pulled up, hoping they had been lucky, but they were packed and loading, Caribou less and a note on a Staek telling us to get the Hell outta Dodge, as the wife "knows".....

    We busted Ice to Kiana, burnig burning, burnig gas as we barged on down, hardly finding a gap to make plane with.
    Left one boat and took a big load down, our plan was to avoid any further 12$ a gallon purchase's and return with gas, but the next morning the wife was given ten and she, with a load of Girls and the bro, Joe, came on down them selfs, and we met them not quite 1/2 ways....all was well.

    The ****ed up part is that Mike Z , with 70+ excellent pictures of this small hunt cannot find his camera......**** **** PISS!!!! ya, theose astricts cant even describe how we collectivly felt...

    "But" the oldest Daughter did snap some from her cell.......

    Got some good ones of the girls, round the fire and in the leanto.





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    You can see some ice going by the boat....




    Yep....Caribou are bunching up at those crossings, awaiting the thickness game....

    Then theose bands will be passing Noorvik , headed South, but wait....The lead Cows went by three days ago...guy are on CB saying theres Caribou along the ridges behind town....I gotta go.....~~LOL!!!~~
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    Great stuff. Love your grocery shopping stories.

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    Chip,

    Great post and pics. Had the same thing happen here towards the end of the moose season, realized that if I kept lining upriver that I may not be able to make it back down, was a good decision to float back home as the river closed off a couple days later. And now, warm weather in the high 40s is melting most of that ice so we're gonna likely have a mini breakup before winter if it continues.

    Rich country you guys have there compared to here, glad you're filling the larder.



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    Why is it that me standing in a long line at the grocery store pales in comparrison to the efforts you guys go thru for meat?
    Thx for the post Stranger! Sounds like the price per pound may be higher than prime rib here tho!!!
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    Sometimes we 'Pay the Price' and sometimes we pay the Ferryman.....

    We lived through it, and had a blast....that was worth it alone, and as true here as it is there, I'm sure, sometimes things dont pan out and you lose$$$........
    Still , with 450$ invested in gas and 400 lbs of prime Caribou, its STILL beats going to the store.......

    Then again, theres days when I shoot my 4 or 5 of my 6cent a round 7.62X54R from my tent and drop 4 Wolves who came over to have a look ......

    'Twas Fun for the kids, and we found some cool artifacts too, washed along the sandbars as well as looked over many an old houspit, high up on the hill where we sat and watched for Caribou.

    Theres Females back here, but a few young Bulls will round it all out. I just got too hungrey and came home~~LOL!!~~
    If you can't Kill it with a 30-06, you should Hide.

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    Sorry to hear you all got froze in like that, sure sucks but still sounds like a good time on the river and you brought some meat home to boot!!

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    Thanks Stranger for another great story of your hunts. I am always glad to see picts of animals but also your family and friends. Amazed at the constant smiles on all, must be a happy crew and life. Thanks again, Mark

    PS - I can't give you any rep points until I spread them around more, so am off to spreading.

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