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    Successful Alaska Trip

    Hey Guys,

    My Dad, my best friend and co-worker Ben, and I just returned from a great Western Arctic Caribou hunt. My dad has wanted to do this trip since I can remember, so last November I said "screw it" and booked with a unit 23 air taxi for 2014.

    Instead of writing a big long novel, I'll just let some of the 600 photos I took tell the story and add in a few captions.

    Hope you enjoy.

    View from the Cessna 206 on the way into the bush.


    Dropped. Everything we needed for 9 days was contained to one pack each. Since we were going so light, our pilot decided to drop us on a ridge instead of a river bottom. There would not be another hunter for many many miles.


    Tent set up for night 1. Sierra Designs Mountain Guide Tarp.


    A few views from camp on night 1...

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    Water was a .5 mile hike down the hill. We had storage for roughly 22L, so this wasn't a problem.


    Lots and Lots of glassing ensued over the next days.

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    The newest version Swaro 15x56 are simply incredible.


    Good solar energy is a must. The Sat phone battery was terrible and it wouldn't work unless hooked up to the Adventurer.


    Found a frozen water hole a bit closer to camp on day 4. Had to chip it out each day with a trekking pole.


    Wildlife in these parts were not afraid of us whatsoever. We walked 15 feet behind this guy for a while and he didn't care at all.

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    Mature bulls were very few and very far between to start out, so on day 5 we each whacked a small one close to camp just to get something down.

    Mine


    Bens


    My Dads


    Ben preparing some Citric Acid for the meat. (Thanks to Caribou Gear)

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    Day 6 was a good one...


    We spotted 3 bulls a couple miles away in the granite. We planned a stalk, and caught up to them 4 miles out a couple hours later. They were up high out of the tundra, making it much easier to close the distance. We killed all 3 at ranges starting at 357 yards.

    My Bull


    My Dad's bull


    Ben's Bull

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    That night and the next day consisted of three 8-mile round trips of packing meat, capes, and antlers.

    Back at the kill site, mentally preparing for the last load.




    Dad's load was a bit back-heavy...

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    Skyline shots.




    Resting on the trekking poles before the final climb after ~23 miles worth of back-to-back trips.

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    Great pics!!!!

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    Drying out clothes the next day.


    Weatherby Mark V Ultralight Long Range in .270 WBY Mag. Shoots .32MOA with factory loads.


    Final evening at about 10:30pm after filling up on backstrap over the fire.


    Pickup time.

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    Big Sur, words can't say how great the pictures are and how you documented your hunt / adventure. Very cool ! Thanks

 

 

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