I'm hoping to get a little help with the logistics on this trip. I'm looking at mid-September and I'll be flying into Fairbanks, renting a vehicle, and hiking to get away from the road. I want to utilize a backpack camp to support a bowhunt within the 5 mile archery only area.
My basic questions are as follows:
How far does one have to drive (I know it's dependent on where the herd is at the time) on average to get to a productive area?
Is it possible to get any "last minute" info on where the herd is located immediately prior to the trip? (Fish/Game biologist, guys on this site that have been up there, etc.)
What are the parking options and if I am responsible about where I leave a vehicle can I expect it to still be there in one piece when I get back to it at the end of the trip? (yes, I've read the stories here about the truckers vs hunters)
I'm hoping to camp/hunt in some mountainous or at least hilly terrain. I've done the google earth tour of the highway and of course the terrain varies greatly along the road but I am wondering if the Caribou get up into the hills or keep to the flats.
What are the options for dealing with the meat once we get back to Fairbanks? We will take some of it home with us but will not be able to fly everything back so in addition to needing a place to cut/wrap/box and freeze the meat we are taking home, we will need to donate any meat we cant transport.
I've spent a pile of time reading the reams of info on this site and have some idea of what we are getting into. We are experienced bowhunters who have done successful Alaska DIY bowhunts in the past and we are capable of doing the hard work necessary to make this one a success. We just need a little help in getting this one planned. Thanks in advance for the input and sorry for the long winded post.