I am headed to Kotzabou for a caribou hunt in Sept. and looking for anyone whos " been there done that" to get a heads up on what to expect. First time on a hunt of this type ( drop off do it yourself)
the only thing i can really say, is that you will put a lot of leg-miles on, and you need to be prepared for WET weather. i'm going to have to say that you might even need hip boots.
i used to wear a tall goretex boot, sometimes, it wasn't tall enough. it made for a long couple of weeks when you're walking in soggy boots.
i've been thinking about doing a caribou hunt for a while, but havn't got around to it. i used to work for an outfitter up there, and i lived in SE alaska for a while. but, i havn't been back since my son was born.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...