Just out of curiosity who were you speaking with? We discussed it at length with our transporter and have a good feeling about itWas in contact with a couple of transporters out of Kotz and it was not brought up in conversation, so a little concerned they did not mention it. hoping it gets rescinded soon. Seems kind of like rolling the dice and hoping it comes up with a good number.
The guys at golden eagle will take you to a good spot.I have been hunting out of Kotz for 20yrs with Matt Owen of NAT he has always been awesome caribou are weird and move around a lot I have hunted them on both federal and state lands there is a lot of territory around I would just let them do their job.I look forward to my hunt every year whether on state or federal land.You can pretty much guarantee that they are not going to drop you off on river bar and say hunt to high water mark.I would say go for it these guys are all mostly taking only returning clients so that should tell you somethingWe have been talking with Golden eagle outfitters out of Kotz
Setting up for a mid Sept. hunt so figure the transporter will get us into an area away from the closed areas.Noatak is a controlled use area, No airplanes at all for hunting purposes Aug 15-Sept 30 so unless you plan to hunt first two weeks of August no NR will be hunting there.