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#1 LongHaul

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 11:37 PM

Let's get some hunting pictures up on the forum! I'll start us off.

 

 

I didn't get a caribou on my float hunt this year because they weren't migrating at the same time they have over the last decade or so. Oh well, at least I got to enjoy some time away from work and got to enjoy some remote Alaskan wilderness. Here are the pics:

 

 

This is where we launch our rafts:

 

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It got a little frosty each morning. The day we launched it was in the high 20's. You can see the frost on my pack and my dry box.

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In this picture you can see my tarp setup. It's a highly modified version of the tarp series that ITS Tactical did a while back. Here's a link if you're interested. I sewed additional attachment points onto the ridge of my tarp and I use a 3:1 Z-drag setup with pulley's to get everything nice and tight. You'll notice the remnants of a mining camp just behind my tarp and kitchen setup. The gold miner's up in that area are usually closing up for the season just as the hunters are arriving.

 

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My tent is a Kifaru Tipi. It's got a packable wood stove. You can see the chimney in this picture. With the stove, pole, pegs, stuff sack and everything the tent weighs 15 pounds and can sleep up to about 8 people.

 

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Dutch oven cooking! (That's some beer bread in the Dutch Oven in this pic)

 

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LongHaul slaving away over another meal:

 

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Crisp night air + camp fire + sweet looking sunset = good times for all

 

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Heading out with no meat.

 

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#2 Sourdough

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Posted 18 September 2014 - 11:57 PM

nice photos. perfect job of erecting the Kifaru, no wrinkles.



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Posted 19 September 2014 - 12:08 AM

Thanks Sourdough. Do you have a Kifaru?


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#4 stoddy9311

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 12:29 AM

Nice!!

 

hope to be going myself in two weeks! have a white tail tag!!!



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Posted 19 September 2014 - 12:34 AM

Oh man. Jealous. Looks a like great time.

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:09 AM

That looks like it was a great time. Nice and peacefull I'm sure

 

Thanks for the pics


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#7 DStevenson

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:49 AM

Great pics, I'm sure the trip was still worth it even without the bounty (<- I put that in there for talk like a pirate day today).


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#8 Sourdough

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 07:26 AM

I have three Kifaru back packs. No kifaru tents.



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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:42 AM

What beautiful country!  Would love to go for a hunt like that someday!



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Posted 19 September 2014 - 11:52 AM

Beautiful place, wish we had something like that local to me...


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 03:58 PM

Awesome! You pics are making me miss AK a little bit. 


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#12 Sourdough

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:31 PM

Lots of Grizzly/Brown Bears and Black Bears on the Kenai Peninsula that need harvested. I counted 8 in the back yard on Wednesday.



#13 LongHaul

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 04:38 PM

Sourdough,

 

I may head down that way and help thin the bear population. This whole state needs a bear population reduction!


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:25 PM

DeathwatchDoc,

 

The area I was hunting in those pics is about 920 miles of driving round trip and about 80 miles of floating. So, it's in the same state, but it's not exactly local...

 

 

DStevenson,

 

It was definitely worth the trip. I love that part of the state and the drive is incredible. It's still tough to come home without meat though. My kids LOVE caribou and my son always talks about how much he loves caribou heart.

 

JFergus7,

 

DO IT!!!!

 

 

Davis,

 

Do you ever make it back up here? Any ties still here in AK?

 

 

stoddy9311,

 

Good luck on your whitetail hunt.

 

 

 

Everyone else,

 

Thanks for the comments. Does anyone have any hunting pics to add? Maybe some with a dead creature or two?


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:32 PM

I haven't been back up there in the past 3 years since I left, mostly just because of the expense and not having any significant amounts of time off. I do still have plenty of ties thought, my mom lives in Haines, my brother lives in Cordova and I have a good buddy in Anchorage and a lot of friends still down in Juneau. I'll get back up there, just not sure when. 


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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:35 PM

Alaska is an amazing place, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks there each summer while I was in high school. I haven't been back since, but it is certainly on the list, that and I'm sure the wife would enjoy me dragging her up there. Besides, I'm long overdue for a good bear story and/or moose story.


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 09:35 AM

Alaska is an amazing place, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of weeks there each summer while I was in high school. I haven't been back since, but it is certainly on the list, that and I'm sure the wife would enjoy me dragging her up there. Besides, I'm long overdue for a good bear story and/or moose story.

 

I agree, Alaska is awesome. Did you have friends or family up here during high school? It's too bad that you haven't made it back up here.


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:28 PM

I went with my church, we were hanging out in one of the tribal villages helping people out with various stuff, teaching kids about the Bible, that sort of thing.


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Posted 28 September 2014 - 06:49 PM

Season isn't in here yet, but hopefully will have some in the next month

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 07:58 AM

An evening bunny hunt.  Snow shoe hares were so numerous on kodiak island they are considered open season year round with no bag limit.  These were all taken with a .17 hmr a great rifle although I sold it before I left ak.  

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Here is the only 'big game' animal I have shot thus far.  Its a 'feral reindeer' from St. Paul Alaska a tiny little island in the middle of no where.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to take any of the really good looking animals as they tended to hang out in the middle of the herd making a shoot through far too likely plus at the time they were asking you to only harvest males and this poor guy peed forward... excuse complete lack of excitement it was around 20~ out with the wind chill putting it closer to 0 when this was taken and about 4 hours after this a blizzard rolled through. 

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