Monthly Archives: December 2011

My First Caribou Hunt Pt 2

My First Caribou Hunt Pt 1

During the Weekend of October 21st my coworker/friend Aaron took his 13 yr old daughter and me hunting for Caribou for our first time.  I missed any opportunities to try hunting during the first opener in September as I was back east visiting family.  I was able to go in October when there was snow on the ground and zero bugs to contend with.  Aaron and I set off early one AM after climbing out of our sleeping bags in single digit temps.  For me that was the hardest part of the entire event.  We spotted a group of caribou about 400 yards off the Denali Hwy.  We walked toward them and I was able to shoot one at about 180 yards away from us with one shot.  Aaron shot one about another 200 yards away from mine.  We shot ours at about 9 AM then spent about 3 hrs on each caribou cutting them up to haul the meat bags back to the rd and our truck by sled.  Drove home back to Anchorage that Sat PM, then spent Sunday butchering our game.  We each ended up with about 110 lbs of pure hormone free red meat.  Feels good to have a freezer of healthy red meat to compliment the halibut and salmon we already harvested this past summer. We shot our caribou between point 19 and 20 on the map attached.

James Lake Canoe Trip Part 2

Here are some pics from Day 2 of our canoe/portage trip October 8 &9.

James Lake Canoe/Portage Trip October

During the weekend of October 8-9 Wally, Janet, Randy and I did a canoe/portage trip to James Lake Cabin.  It was a two day circuit through the Nancy Lakes State Recreation Area.  We were fortunate to enjoy unsesanobaly warm, calm sunny weather for our entire wkd.  The trip is comprised of alternating canoeing across a small lake, portaging about a quarter mile plus or minus, then canoeing again.  We had about a half dozen portages each day.  We also enjoyed views of more wildlife, autumn colors plus beautiful sunrises and sunsets.  We also savored the fact that its rare for a group of us to enjoy each others company these days as we all seem to be too busy with something else.
Enjoy,
Craig