Got off work at 6 am Saturday wife drove toward unit 13 while I slept. I got up when we neared Eureka we did not bring an atv or boat as I have not needed them in the past while hunting oct in unit 13. Now I have not hunted oct in unit 13 since the early 2000's. No snow to see if lots of bou have been crossing ie in the area. Saw one rig with a mature bull at eureka. We continued on to lake louise road lots of Rigs driving lake was open but very cold which was why I did not bring the boat I did not know if the steering would work properly at 10-20 degrees. Glassed a few spot for a couple hours saw some cows and calves wanted a mature bull.
Continued on toward paxon saw nothing crossing but no snow to be sure if there were bou crossing. The closer we got to paxson the more successful hunters we saw coming home. Tried to stop at my old pullouts on the Denali hwy they were full of rigs and dead caribou. Found a spot to stop to glass saw cows and calves but to far to harvest and get out before dark. We continued on to about mile 25 spotted a small herd about 600 yds off the road but 3 people stalking and all cows and calves.
We drove back to about mile 16 found and empty pull out for the night. Glassed a herd of about 50 animals a mile or so off the road so we went to bed.
At about 7:30 we spotted a band of about 15 so we walked to the first ridge 400 yards off the road. There was one bull that was not what I was looking for. Just then another group of hunters was coming up the draw from a different direction so we sat on my perch and watched. They scared the band and gave chase. When they got about 500 yds past us another band of 7 appeared this band had 2 shooters in it. We moved another 400 yds closer the other group of hunters were coming back down the draw. About the time I was in shooting position the other guys spotted band and fired a couple shots. The bou started running so I trotted down the hill to cut them off. The largest bull gave me a perfect broadside at 300 yds. I walked toward my down bou as I went thru the last bit of brush I spooked a wounded bull I knew it was not mine but it was a nice bull. He was staying 50 ft in front of me. I looked for a wound with the binos and could not see one but he was not moving very fast. I hollered for the other hunters when one arrived I directed him to the easiest bull he would ever harvest. 4 shots later the bull was down. I watched many shots on Sunday and all I can say is people need to spend more time at the range. Having a problem downloading photo from I phone