Caribou meat run

ptarmigan

Junior Member
Joined
Dec 20, 2013
Messages
40
Location
Anchorage, Alaska
Well my oldest boy and I headed North on Thursday with plans for 4-5 days of hunting. My youngest backed out unfortunately so it was just the two of us. Made the drive up, then a short boat ride. Set up camp that afternoon and went for a walk to see what was up. The first night we saw 15-20 cows and calves milling around, no bulls though.

Friday morning we got out of the tent and had another cow and calf playing on the far bank of the river. That was fun to watch! We took another walk but didn't see any animals moving. It was pretty warm and the whitesocks were out in force. Made it back to camp, looked up and saw another cow and calf, soon followed by 25 or so more animals. There were 6 bulls in the group, none huge but we're not real picky. Made a move to get ahead of them and caught the last one in the group still in the open. A short 75yd shot with my old 8mm mauser dropped it where it stood, which happened to be only 50yds from the river.

We got it cut up, bagged, and into the boat by about 1pm. The temps got up into the low 60's so we decided to get the heck out of there with the meat. With only one tag there wasn't much sense in hanging around. So all in all it was a fun trip, albeit a super short one. Heart and backstrap on the menu tonight!

BTW, the Megahorn was great for the one night of use. I liked being floorless and having a woodstove to knock the chill off is pretty awesome. Definitely a 2 man shelter if you want any gear in with you.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

AKBorn

Senior Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2018
Messages
175
Location
Maryland
Awesome story and pics, and congrats on the bou! I started hunting with my Dad when I was 4 years old back in the 60s, we mainly hunted the Denali Highway, Lake Louise, and Hatcher Pass back in those days. Thanks for bringing back some great memories!
 

Legend

Junior Member
Joined
Jun 13, 2017
Messages
25
Nice work. Any hunt you share with your kids is a trophy hunt for sure! And that picture is priceless well done.
 

thinhorn_AK

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2016
Messages
2,099
Location
Alaska
It's an Alweld 1752 tunnel hull with a Tohatsu 35 jet. I added flotation pods and a grab bar after I bought it. It's been a great little setup and runs in just 3"-4" of water when on step.
Sweet, Im looking to get a smaller flat bottom like a 16-17 with a 40 to run the smaller water here.
 
OP
P

ptarmigan

Junior Member
Joined
Dec 20, 2013
Messages
40
Location
Anchorage, Alaska
Sweet, Im looking to get a smaller flat bottom like a 16-17 with a 40 to run the smaller water here.

I think Tohatsu is discontinuing the 50/35 TLDI jet unfortunately. It's a great motor with the best power to weight ratio in its class. It pushes my boat really good. On this trip we came out with me, my son, the quartered caribou, and a whole lot of gear. The motor puts that boat up on step real quick, which is nice to avoid smacking the rocks!
 
Top