#AK2018, Big T, soggybtmboy, Huntmaster, Koz bow, Family, & Friends

Discussion in 'Out of state hunts' started by QDMAMAN, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. QDMAMAN

    QDMAMAN Premium Member

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    It's been in the works now for over a year and last Thursday, August 17th, marked the (1) year ticker!
    Dean (soggy) has been doing a FANTASTIC job on research for this trip and last night 7 of the 8 of us (less koz) gathered at Scott's for our first pre trip rendezvous to meet each other, discuss logistics, gear, and a host of other misc. things. Scott and his wife graciously rolled out the red carpet!
    I'll add that Brushy, has been a great resource in our planning with his history of hunting and fishing in
    Of the group of 8 that will embark on this adventure, 4 of us have hunted out of state before yet none of us in Alaska. Dean, his brother Adam, Dean's step daughter Kelly, and Bud are all newbies and of course Myself, Scott, Koz, and Scott's buddy Keith, are all seasoned "explorers".;)
    We will be targeting barren ground caribou on the North Slope of the Brookes Range above the Arctic Circle, most of us with stick and string, but a couple with rifle.
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    We are also anticipating wolf encounters and we all plan to include a wolf tag with our license purchases.
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    This trip will also include some fishing for Dolly Varden and Arctic Grayling!
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    Lets get this party started!:cool::woohoo1:
     
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  2. Luv2hunteup

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    Sounds like a great adventure. Good luck.
     
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  3. brushbuster

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    You guys are going to have an awesome time in a great state!
     
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    Because most of us will be carrying bows it's worth noting that, for the sub species of caribou that we are after (Barren Ground), the minimum P&Y score is 325".
    I currently don't know how to score, or judge, size of these beasts so I have some supplemental homework to do over the next 12 months.
    I'm going out on a limb and guessing this one will make it with great "tops" (F4s thru F?) good "fronts" (F2s), and good "back scratchers" (F3s), despite only a single "shovel" (F1s). :cool:
    Note* P&Y DOES recognize velvet caribou
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    https://pope-young.org/images/uploads/files/scoreforms/2012_PY_SS_WEB_CARIBOU.pdf
     
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  5. QDMAMAN

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    This is Huntmaster's new bff/roommate, Guy Eastman. :D:hide::lol:
     
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    3 of 8 at the Total Archery Challenge at Boyne Mountain back in June. What a fantastic day shooting 3ds!
     
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    This bull is a beast!! I can tell you that I'm not getting to worried about counting if this dude shows up on the tundra...
     
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    This will be another epic adventure to follow with the master story tellers Big T and Huntmaster. Looking forward to it. Good luck to all!!!
     
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    Soggy is not too bad with the pen either, Going to be a great write up for sure.
     
  10. slabstar

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    You guys doing Dalton rd? Driving/floating?
    Flying/floating?
    I've been researching that hunt!
    Sounds awesome!
     
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    Good luck Guys. Make a good trip!
     
  12. QDMAMAN

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    We fly to Fairbanks commercial then to Bettles, either commercially or we're considering a private charter. We are hiring BRA in Bettles as our air taxi. They have pontoons so they can land us on lakes vs. gravel bars.
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  13. outdoor_m_i_k_e

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    Good luck! Sounds like a fun trip! I can tell you from experience, measuring caribou is VERY difficult. I would put it up there as THE most difficult big game to score(based on game recognized by P&Y and B&C).
     
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  14. I did a very similar trip back in '95.

    It was a lot of fun. We drove the Haul Road up to the North Slope then hiked in.

    It was a great adventure. You guys will remember it forever.

    Have fun!
     
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    Sounds like an amazing trip. Can't wait to follow the updates throughout the year!