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DIY caribou

We're planning a north Brooks range caribou hunt for this fall and I'm looking for info on what type of conditions to expect. Is this area swampy or is it all brush and creeks? Should we plan on doing a lot of wadeing or can we get by with regular hunting boots.

I'm not exactly sure which part of the Brooks range we'll be in yet, just that it's on the north side somewhere out of a place called happy valley.

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DIY Hunt

I guess the first question is where are you hunting? What unit? I work out of Unit 23-Kotzebue. I can provide any info that you need for our unit. We are home to the largest caribou herd in the country and just under 400,000 animals and a 2 bull limit. Good hunting!

 

Shoot me an e-mail and I send you som info on your unit if I can.

 

Walt

www.northwestalaska.net

Drop Camps and Flaot Hunts

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I finally figured out which

I finally figured out which unit we're headed to. unit 26B if I read the map right.

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Haul Road Or Fly In

Are you flying in to the brooks range from happy valley or are you just planning on hunting the area/

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Yea, but I can't find Happy

Yea, but I can't find Happy Valley on a map anywhere. One of my buddies lives up there and has hunted moose bear and sheep, but never caribou in this area.

Just trying to get as much info as possible.

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Haul road (dalton hwy)

Happy valley is about 60 miles south of prudo bay dont quote that but close to.  Pretty much if you are hunting the haul road once you get to atigun pass and over it plan on hunting bou from there on all the way to prudo that whole area is great but it is not easy there are alot of ppl at times depending on when you go but i had a great time the last couple of times i have gone.  Last year I killed one at Galbrieth lake and my buddy killed another one south of slope mtn.  Just make sure you have your IBEP for bow hunting or you will be hiking 5 miles off the road to use a rifle.  Sorry the relpy to so long.

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Can you give me an idea on

Can you give me an idea on what type of weather to expect for the first week of Sept.

Is that area a large bog or is it pretty firm?

Right now we are not sure what to expect of the country.

Are there a lot of bears in the area or just a few.

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The Tundra

The Tundra is a terrain that you could not imagine.  It is very hard to walk on and is very uneven, and yes it is a bog in the low areas Super Wet. The weather is as unpradictable as anyplace but last year when I was there in Sep it rained pretty much everyday, so make sure your boots are waterproof and just my preference I would get a really stiff soled boot like Asolo or Scarpa the help alot out there.  There are bears just like all of alaska I personally have not had a problem there yet but have a couple hunting partners that have had bears come into there camp so just take a good bear gun (.44 or something) or some bear mace.  Also if you are going to be bow hunting in the corridor make sure you are practicing at 50 to 60 yards and get comfortable with it.  There is hardley any cover so most of your stalking will be spent low crawling and 50 yards is a pretty close shot for up there.  Also just keep in mind how far away things are there, sometime  things look a mile away and it will be 3 so just make sure you pick your stalks wisely it sucks to hike a mile and your target never even seems to get closer.  It is a challenging place but the reward is all worth it and is an awesome hunt.  Good Luck

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be ready

My advice is be ready for anything - dress in layers including fleece for warmth and a waterproof shell in case of rain. It might be warm in which case you can take layers off. It might drop to darn cold in which case you can layer up. Plan to be wet at least once and have the ability to dry a layer by the fire, or by line or both.... Just my 2 cents.

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