Today I decided to check Fort Richardson out for some hare and grouse after my classes at UAA.
So I hop in my honda civic with my bow and some broadheads, and make my way to the main gate to get a JBER hunting card. Easy enough, the lady takes my picture, gives me a card and a map of the hunting grounds. Sweet.
So along i go to the Recreational Hunting road, and i get within the hunting area range. I spend 2 hours walking around and then driving to different spots, covering about 5 hours of land. 4 hours go by and no grouse, or hare. The only thing alive is a few magpie, and one beautiful red fox that i caught a glimpse of as he dashed across the road and into a thicket. I didn't pursue the fox, thinking, "Hey, not today."
So I notice how it was getting dark so i hop in my car, and drive towards the entrance until i saw another road that i didnt go on that i passed by earlier that day.
So Thinking to myself, "One last road until I go," I quickly find that there was a lake called Otter Lake, and a bunch of cabins. Nothing I thought. So on my way back my car suddenly just dies.
Wow. Just like that? So i try starting it, but nothing worked. So i check my cell phone- No Reception. Oh my god, i'm at least 2 hours away from the entrance i thought, and i didnt see anyone come in on my way back. So I turn my hazards on, and take my bow and start walking. An hour later i get one bar of phone signal. I call my Girlfriend to come get me with her truck. Great, she's at Uaa and theres alot of traffic, and she needs to buy a tow rope.
I get back to my car, and it's 8p.m. It's dark as hell out, and i almost didnt see my car as i walked near it. So I'm still waiting for my girlfriend when i saw 4 dog like shadows moving. sweet, a quick hunt while i wait i thought! But holy crap these werent your average dog/fox/yote size, they were HUGE. That then i knew: Wolf. I stayed put and thanked God that they moved a different direction.