Back from hunting caribou on Adak Island. Different hunt this time then last year. Flew in Sunday and decided to leave Thursday due to lack of bou. Got an ARGO from Jack Stewart and stayed at the Little Michael Lodge, one of the town homes available in Adak. ARGO got us to our goal but the snow level was still too high with caribou scattered in the far reaches of the island. Just guessing I’d say there was about 4 to 5 different hunting parties on the island that we knew of. The report given on our arrival was dismal as many hunters were flying out empty handed. Monday we saw about 12 caribou, 5 in one pack. We put the stock on them closing in about 120 yards, all bedded down about 1:30pm, two bulls with horns, 3 other cows we’re guessing as we found out later the caribou had already started to drop. This trip Rob Stone took his brother Rick (West High principal) along, Rick had not hunted in a zillion years so we were hoping to put him on a nice size rack hence the reason for passing up the bou on Monday, Tuesday nothing - zilch as we went deep up near Shagak Bay. Reports that night of 4 bou taken near Mt. Moffett made its way through this all but empty town, everyone was pretty low key about any game spotted, a poker game at its best.
Wednesday WX report predicted snow; fell late overnight finally but not enough to stir any bou our way. That am we went as far as our ARGO would haul our butts, ran into some other hunters on 4-wheelers from out of state, they reported (with poker faces) not spotting anything yet so being good guys, we decided to get out of their way and headed back to explore Moffett a bit. Shot lots of ptarmigan, they’re all over the place. Explored more of Adak, Cynthia gave us a good behind the scenes tour of old buildings. Adak’s history is simply amazing. Found the old bowling alley, gym etc.
So, if you’re heading there to hunt, and it can be a good hunt, just get a good report before you go if you want meat. Personally, I’d wait till late January to go back, by then bou will be wondering the streets of Adak. GOOD LUCK! As always, I learned lots and had a blast!