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Looks like I am heading north to hunt the haul road caribou next week. I have never done "the hunt", but have been up there before prospecting. Besides the hunting and camping equipment I am taking the following in camper mounted on the F-250 Superduty 4x4.

1. 1 - 35 gallon poly drum of diesel (with siphon)
2. 1 - 5 gallon can of diesel (as a transfer container.)
3. 30' 20,000 lb. tow strap
4. 20' 5/8" logging chain
5. 10' 5/8" logging chain
6. 2 ton come-a-long
7. No. 2 shovel
8. Basic tools (screwdriver, wrenches, hammer, elec. tape.....)
9. 5 gallons of water
10. 3 planks of different sizes
11. Changing to the winter tires and taking 2 fully mounted spares besides the spare. (I run load range "E"s)
12. Doing an oil change
13. Jumper cables
14. Bow saw
15. Axe

Anything I miss guys. BTY there is a kitchen sink in the camper. :)

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high lift jack, might come in handy.

life is no joke but funny things happen

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Almost

I almost bought one the other day but I have a FORD!!! In other words...... the bumpers arent worth a bucket of moose dropings. :wink:
 

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Daveinthebush said:
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Camera. That way you can post the awesome pics here at GBO when you get home.

Wow, Aug 1st and you are talking about winter tires. :eek: . Seriously tho, probably a wise move.

Now how many shopping days 'till Christmass? :-D

Have a good trip!!
 

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Throw a pair of "work" gloves under the seat............you never
know.

" The best part of the hunt is not the harvest but in the experience."
 

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Duct tape, baling wire, ...... you know, all that stuff we have under the front seat of our trucks. :wink:
 

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Hmmmmm, didn't see a thing about a bow or a gun. Ya huntin' with your knife Dave?
 

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Haul road

The "Haul Road" has a corridor 5 miles wide on each side that is archery only. It is within this area that we are going to hunt the bou. I also have a grizz bear tag if the opportunity presents it self.
 

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In addition to your spare tires, take a tire plug kit and a 12v air compressor. Sure is a lot easier to fix a flat right on the truck rather than swapping out a tire.

Good luck up there!
 

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I would take a couple of extra quarts of oil and an oil filter to include wrench, an extra serpentine belt and fuel filter. Get some disposable rubber gloves so you don't always smell like diesel fuel. I also keep a 6' by 8' blue tarp behind the seat unless I have to crawl under mine in the mud.

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Leaving tomorrow morning

Well it is off tomorrow morning. I did a complete service on the truck the other day so no worry about fluids or anything.

Everything looks fine. Bought a 30 gallon drum and have a five also. Should be well within my range form Coldfoot north and back. The caribou are about 80 - 90 miles south of Deadhorse and moving about 10 miles a day.

I bought a digit camera for the trip too. Hopefully I can have lots of pictures when I return.
 

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Dave,
I did that hunt 3 years ago. We saw thousands of caribou :lol: It was amazing to see that many animals. I saw the biggest (by far) bull I have ever seen, in real life, pictures or anywhere else. He was huge, double shovel, with tines all the way down to the bottom of the back of his main beams. I'm positive he was at or very near world record class. Couldn't get anywhere close to archery range from him. Darned near got trampled by a small group of cows (was hiding in some bushes waiting for a bull and my buddies pushed them towards me). I could have swatted one on the ass as she wasn't more than 2 feet from me. We ended up with 3 nice bulls, but the image of that one bull will always be with me.

GOOD LUCK!
Rob
 

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I predict pictures and a haul road report are imminent :)
 

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Well I had a great trip and a humbling experience.

I drove the 750 miles by myself and found what I thought was the area we were going to hunt and camped for the night. The next morning I awoke at 6:00 am and looked for a place to hunt. I caught 2 caribou in the spotting scope coming off of a cut in a ridge and proceeded to stalk them.

For my first ever bow hunting caribou stalk I did really well. completely soaked my 8" boots in 10" of water, discovered the ferocious artic bugs and took a 40 yard shot at a 50 yard caribou. Great start!

I went back to the truck, changed socks and drove off looking for another group of possible canidates. Nothing found, I headed back to the same area as my first stalk. As I looked around I spotted antlers sticking out of a pile of gravel about 1 mile off the road. Seems my first bou, were hiding in a gravel pit.

Another stalk of a mile across the nothingness of the tundra. I made it to about 186 yards from the bou and then they spotted me. I low crawled another 50 yards and put a pile of gravel between us. That allowed me to sneak around and get within 20-30 yards. I snuck up over a gravel ridge and the bou were right there. One at 19 yards and the farthest at 35. The one at 19 was small and the 35 yard one was a beautiful bou. Arrow loosed and I lead the bou by too much. Round two over.
Bou 2, Dave 0.

I went back to the truck had lunch and returned to the gravel pile. As I walked around the gravel pile there was another bou in the pile. And again, I blew a 20-25 yard shot at a running bou by leading him like I would have a whitetail. These things are so big that I was shooting at them as opposed to picking a spot. Time to correct myself. Round three: Bou 3, Dave 0.

I climbed up on the pile and used it as a lookout point for caribou. I spotted one coming through the willows and did another stalk. But, somehow the bou disappeared. Round four: Bou 4, Dave 0

I was getting a little frustrated by now. I spotted another bou about 1 mile off coming off of the river. I watched him and he disappeared into the willows. Soon after I spotted him in the willows about 300 yards away. Another stalk on!

When I failed to see the bou where he should have come out I was puzzled. Then out in the middle of the gravel riverbed, 180 yards away, there he was just standing there. Now no one can stalk across 180 yards of open ground I thought. Well I was here to hunt so I tried.

My bow tucked against my body, I shuffled my feet onto firm rocks and sand. The bou, had his head in a shallow hole, licking the sand. 150, 125, 75, 60 and his head comes up about a foot. I figure that now he had me. Open area, no cover, and me there like a tree stump. But he did nothing but put his head down again.

I needed 10 more yards so I moved slowly forward. At 50 yards he was perfectly broadside so I raised my bow as if in my yard practicing for those so many 40, 50 & 60 yard shots that I have practiced in the past.

Perfect shot! One third down the body and double lunged. He took off and dove into the river. Swimming hard he soon tired and headed back to my side of the river. The river was way too deep for me and I was about to loose my first caribou. I looked down river and spotted a riffle heading out into the river. Bow down, jacket off I ran down stream and headed out to the top of my boots. Here he comes...... about 5 feet too far out for me to reach. Into the Sagavanirktok river I went and reached for an antler. Success! Got hold of him and the current swung him closer to shore as I firmly held my ground. He was mine.





I was a mile off the road, soaked up past my knees and boots full of water. I decided to hike the mile out, change and come back with my pack frame. It took me two trips to haul the caribou out and I arrived at the truck at 11:30 pm. Time for pain medication as carrying an entire caribou by myself was just too much.


I had a great trip, only hunted 12 hours and had to head home. The 75-80 degree head was going to melt my ice too fast to protect my meat. The salvage of the meat is first and enjoyment of the wonderful terrain secondary.

Next year it is going to be a Pope & Young bull or nothing. :D
 

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Congratulations on a bow Caribou. :D
 

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Hi Dave
I see ya went up the long road for a Bou did ya see any grizz?
How was the smoke from the fires around Fairbainks.
Going to Manley on the 9/12 for moose and Bear hope all the fires
dont cause alot of problems see theres one
15 miles from livengood.
Nice bou with Bow and the bugs didnt drain ya dry
you faired well .
What ya doin for Moose season.?
I had a busy summer working and puttin up fish.

talk at ya later
dabigmoose
 

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The smoke was real bad above Manley and north of the Yukon. I have pictures of the fire from the truck and could still see hot spots and flames from the road. My eyes were very sore at times but hey....... drive through a forest fire or not hunt? No thinking on that part. :lol:

The bugs were bad it you were in moist areas. My first stalk I knelt in a wet area with short willows and though I was going to need a blood transfusion. Not much meat on the suckers either. The drier areas were fine.

I am not sure about moose season yet. I want to harvest one with a bow and everyone wants to come down and do silvers for Labor Day. I'd rather be moose hunting myself.
 
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