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Author Topic: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......  (Read 1558 times)

Offline ehailstone

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Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« on: September 20, 2009, 09:59:54 PM »
We started out last weekend by preping the kids for a week without us, as the weather promised to chill, and we were ready to put up some meat...."censored Word" Global warming anyway.....

We caught a bunch of Ducks, Geese and smoked up some salmon, put some in the freezer, picked a bucket of berrys, baked a dozen loaves of bread , gave the oldest a couple hundred $$ and leaft inna hurry, me , the wife and a friend :D









The kids snacking on drying Salmon eggs....



Then we headed up Kobuk River, to a place a few bends above Kiana, where we have always caught crossing Caribou, who are travling along rhe ridges starting South. The lead groups are Cows, with occassional bulls among them, and lots of calfs. they are leaving a wide swath of trail and scent that the groups of Bulls are going to follow, soon.

Some lead Bulls were getting caught  in the crossings, mixed with cows, but no sign of rut , in this herd, as they will be full on around the beginning of October.

My wifes Sister Nita in Kiana had some fresh meats, so things look'd promising....



We arrived on a nice dry sand bar a great place to camp as the river level lowers, and with plenty of willows around, we could care for our meats there too.
 We set up our leanto, so we had shelter and a great view of the West side of the river where Bulls will emerge along the trails set up by the bands of cows they are looking for, and start crossing to our side of the river.
  Out in the river, we catch them up and examine them, decide which are best to catch and who gets to live another season.....where we dispatch them with a shot to the brain from a .22lr.
No ricocets, no wounded, no hitting two in the tight bunches they cross in.


And we waited for Bulls, but only Cows crossed.....

 A big Moose emerged on the third morning, across the river.....we had met two Mooose hunters a couple days before, but they had moved on.....It was cool to call this guy out with "Whaaa Whaaa Whaaaa" and see him get his Rut "On"..:D  too stink to shoot now, but Cool anyway. His Antlers were Massive.


With  the weather all warm and nice in the day and warm and rainy at night the Caribou just milled about....after 5 days, we had only seen cows. No cold means no move.

We ate well.

 but as we ran outta food, I shot a cow at dusk, to have dinner and a breakfast.


 The Kobuk River Fall time sun sets are nice....


 But the wife made a late dinner with the aid of a flashlight.


After a week of only seeing Cows,Cows and more Cows, we decided to go back down river, pass by the house, check the kids, buy gas and some snacks, get coffee, eggs, and go furthe down, looking some more and again.
 We hunted Geese , Ducks, catching a few and looked for Caribou....lotsa muskrats to shoot as well....


Well, we finally found a solitary Bull among so many females......we certainly know where bands of Bulls will be following, and the whole village is asking "Got Caribou?" .....yep, we have a good spot.

 
 Caribou can be strange sometimes.~~LOL!!~~.....but were actually folding his antlers back and his forlegs will be wraped under them so I can work without 'em rolling on his side, while we skin and gut 'em....~~LOL!!~~


He's got a nice skin.


 We threw 'em in the boat and took 'em home.

And did it again the next afternoon...






The wife took over when the meat hit the cardboard :D  She set up an adhoc meat cutting station as the rains are back and its freeking warm



 Cut into roasts , cubed and sliced , sinews dryed,and the rest getting hung and dryed as well, and yep, its smoking too....:D....so were getting ready for another round, though not any need for overnighting, the hunt is still on ........:D
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2009, 10:15:28 PM »
Way to go ehailstone. I have never caribou hunted before but I do have it on my list of to do things. Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures, and good luck on your next outing...
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2009, 10:59:57 PM »
Always love reading about your way of life. Do you need to adopt a full grown son?   @--0--0105  @--0--0130
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2009, 12:06:45 AM »
Very cool. Congrads on the bull. keep us posted on your hunts.  @--0--0118
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009, 06:29:40 AM »
Congrats on the successful hunt, keep the stories and photos coming when you can, I love reading you stories. If someone left their kids like that in the lower 48 to spend 4 or 5 days hunting they would be arrested and have their children removed from the family when they returned.
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 06:43:32 AM »
Great pics and thanks for the story  mabe one day ill try somthing of that sort

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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2009, 07:01:25 AM »
fantastic story what a way of life as always thanks for sharing and keep bringing them  @--0--0131
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2009, 07:02:21 AM »
Great pictures and story!!!  I always look forward to your posts.   Good luck on the hunting!!
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2009, 08:51:57 AM »
 @--0--0133 Congrats on the successful hunt, keep the stories and pics coming. I always enjoy reading your stories and hearing about your way of life. keep em coming
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2009, 12:06:04 PM »
Great story and pictures as always.

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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2009, 12:08:43 PM »
great story and pic's. i hope you keep them coming.
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2009, 12:34:47 PM »
Thanks ehailstone for sharing your way of life with us great story as always  @--0--0104

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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2009, 12:43:26 PM »
great hunting as always one of my favorite posters.

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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2009, 01:25:15 PM »
Im glad you like'd it.

  I'll clear up a bit here; My children are always my children, no matter their age.....
not all my kids are little.......so  when I'm 90 and the oldest son is 69, he's still my child.......~~LOL!!~~

We have our oldest son,21, his wife 22, and his kids staying with us, so our kids are watching themselfs quite well.
The young ones are in school, and we were out as we should be, or we would have taken them as we have for years when we homeschooled them....... so babysitting for them is easy all day, and the second oldest is still living in the next village over, with his girlfriend,and the day they all move away is the day we just keep on hunting :D
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Re: Kobuk River Caribou,,,lonely Bull......
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2009, 09:58:54 PM »
 @--0--0130 Congratulations on the bull, thanks for sharing.
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