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    Looking fora good fly-in caribou hunt this fall. Looking for meat rather than trophies, and talked to Mike @ 70 North and the guy from Talon Air in Soldotna. Prices seem about the same, but Soldotna's a heckuva lot closer than Deadhorse. We flew with Talon about 15 years ago and did well, just wondering if anyone's got any recent experience with those air taxis and/or caribou herds. Many thanks in advance.

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    What herd were you thinking of hunting with Talon? If it's around illiamna you best go North. Do a search on here about the diffrent areas you are looking and you'll see why.

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    If you are considering hunting the Mulchatna herd, I would make the drive north. The Mulchatna herd as been on a severe decline and hunters have had low success rates in the last few years. Mike with 70 North is a quality operator and the drive up is worth the trip, with beautiful scenery along the way and some great fishing as well. He may even be willing to pick you up from Deadhorse, Please call him about that option first, but he has done it in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    If you are considering hunting the Mulchatna herd, I would make the drive north. The Mulchatna herd as been on a severe decline and hunters have had low success rates in the last few years. Mike with 70 North is a quality operator and the drive up is worth the trip, with beautiful scenery along the way and some great fishing as well. He may even be willing to pick you up from Deadhorse, Please call him about that option first, but he has done it in the past.

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    5 years or so ago, dad went with 2 friends, and they all got thier tags filled. with a nice bull and a nice cow. Dad shot a pretty big bull. They had to hike 5 miles to even find the caribou, and it SURREE sucked packing them out, but the get em.

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    The difference in hunting the Mulchatna herd five years ago and now is vast. The number of animals is down and there's a lot of real estate out there for them to roam. Plus most of the Mulchatna herd area is closed to nonresidents. Some of the areas are also bull only during the fall. If you feel you have to hunt the Mulchatna herd, go talk to Trail Ridge Air on Lake Hood. If you want to see a lot of caribou every day, go north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANCguy View Post
    Looking fora good fly-in caribou hunt this fall. Looking for meat rather than trophies, and talked to Mike @ 70 North and the guy from Talon Air in Soldotna. Prices seem about the same, but Soldotna's a heckuva lot closer than Deadhorse. We flew with Talon about 15 years ago and did well, just wondering if anyone's got any recent experience with those air taxis and/or caribou herds. Many thanks in advance.
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    Go north, North, NORTH, or northwest.
    Without sounding or being agressive or abrupt, where have you been for the last five to eight years? (Sorry.)
    If you want exercise and great fishing, fly anywhere with Talon.
    If you want caribou bulls, go north and fly with Seventynorth or Coyote. Call them now, flying space is filling up. I ain't kiddin either.
    Don't believe me...then talk to any taxidermist in Alaska. Ask where their business is coming from.
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    Appreciate all the help, guys. This forum rocks!

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    I flew out with talon air 2 years ago and had fairly good success. Alan scouts the area well and usually puts you in front of the caribou. I only seen two LARGE bulls and several small bulls, and three brown bear. I was there for 5 days and seen probably around 500 caribou in that time. I definitely recommend using talon air.

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    I can't recommend the Mulchatna herd as a good investment of time or money. There are caribou available, but the numbers are very low. I continue to talk to the local biologists and there is evidence things are improving ever so slightly, but just seeing caribou is a task and then only a handful at a time. If I were planning to hunt caribou this fall (and what's left of the Mulchatna herd is literally in my backyard) I'd follow AlaskaTrueAdventure'sadvice andplan a trip north.
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    For those who have hunted off the haul road, how did you keep your meat cool for the trip back down the road? Seems like coolers or meat boxes filled with frozen water jugs might work, but after a week or more in the field they likely wouldn't be frozen any longer sitting in your vehicle. Unless it was later in the season, I'm not sure I'd want the meat sitting in a warm cooler/box for almost 2 more days on the drive back to Anchorage. How did this work for others?

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    In late Aug and early Sept the nights are cold enough up in that north country to chill the meat. Just keep the sun off the meat bags during the daytime hours. Once at your vehicle put the chilled meat, only about 100 pounds from each of those northern 'bou, in coolers. Meat will last and taste fine.
    But, be aware, that from Happy Valley to Anchorage is 16 driving hours.

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    If you are there for a week or so and kill an animal early, you could always take it up to the airport and have Lynden air take it back to Achorage. They do have a cooler/freezer in both locations and will hold your meet until you return or have someone else swing by and pick it up. We've done this 4 times over the last 6 yrs and it's fairly cheep and easy to do and you have no worries about loosing meet.

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