We've also seen your sheep wall, which is beyond ridiculous! I honestly can't remember, do you have a caribou that good? That would factor into it for me as well. Unfortunately, I have neither a dall or a bou so I'm probably unqualified to participate in the discussion...Its easy to armchair this one and say yep shoot him. Think on this for a bit.
This is a very remote area, you don't have Yetis with ice, you don't have a pickup to take your meat to town. You are out there with critters that like to eat meat, and now have 160lbs to babysit until the plane comes and gets you 7-8 days later or you call for them to come get you. The pilot isn't going to pick it up and babysit if for you.
Trust me I've played this out in my head a 1000 times. Pull that trigger and you might as well just pack it up and go home, your sheep hunt turned into a camping trip babysitting caribou meat. At best you will get a couple days of sheep hunting in, the rest of the time will be wasted packing meat, and checking on meat and diddling around in areas with very low chance of killing a ram because you can't get very far away from your meat.
Toss this out there... you can hunt caribou off the road system later on in the year.
Usually situational. The end of August is kind of the doldrums and is prime caribou hunting. They are fat, and just hanging out waiting on the rut. Moose season isn't open, and we're done sheep hunting so its something to fill the time. We've killed quite a few hard horned ones, but the reality is there is only 10-14 days they are hard horned before the season closes and I'm usually out of vacation time by then. haha. As they approach the end of september, they don't taste as good due to the hormones ratcheting up for the rut. They tend to rub off around the 4-7th of Sept, season closes the 20th (opens the Aug 10th) so not a big window. Also the area I usually hunt has a quota, and could close if the quota is reached, so may not make it through the 20th.Those are some amazing caribou Bambi. Any reason why you go after them in velvet and not later when they're hard horned?
I've given my wife fair warning that my dad and I will be going on an Alaskan moose and caribou hunt at some point. Even if I have to finance it before he has to stop hunting. It's not negotiable lol.Depends on the part of the system you are talking about and your residency status... but I think your rule stands.
Your pictures are not good for my marriage, BTW.
I just started going, so far it’s just been on the budget hunts, but my goal is to make it a yearly or at least every other year thing.I've given my wife fair warning that my dad and I will be going on an Alaskan moose and caribou hunt at some point. Even if I have to finance it before he has to stop hunting. It's not negotiable lol.
But yes, threads like this threaten to bump the date up unnecessarily lol.