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    Packing out

    If I get a caribou down or my dad and I both get a caribou down and can't get everything back to camp and going to get the rest in the morning is there anything to keep bears away from it and probably not the meat and the carcass but will the bear stay away from the horns and the cape or will they take everything and rip it to shreds. I would think they would stay away from the came and horns but i don't know,never delt with them before. I was thinking of at least peeing around the cape and horns or that probably won't even bother them. I have to first worrying about hitting the migration so I can get one.
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    I imagine that you will be hunting in unit 23. You are required to keep the meat on the 4 quarters and ribs in that area. You also have to transport all the meat out to where it will be transported out of the field, before the antlers, except you can pack the antlers with the last load of meat. In my experience you are looking at 150-200 pounds per animal, roughly. The books up here say a caribou goes 500 pounds on the hoof...I don't know if I've ever seen one that big but I generally get 120+ pounds of boned-out meat or more per bull. Maybe I should shoot bigger bulls!

    I would make sure you move the meat a fair distance from the gut pile, even if you can't get it all the way to camp. Bears will go to the bloody gut-piles first. You can take the antlers to the meat stash then too. Just be sure to leave it in a spot that you can see from a distance when you return for it, unless you like surprises! I loosely cover the meat with a tarp to keep birds or rain off of it but not so tight that it can't get air around it.

    It should be cool enough for you then. Have a great hunt!

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    Yes we will be in unit 23 and I think my dad and I should be able to get one caribou back in one load, I hope unless we shoot two of them at the same time then will have to come back. Yeah I suppose that would be the best to move the meat away from the gut pile and good idea about being able to see the meat from a distance so you can check the area before coming up on it. Yes I like surprises but not that kind of surprise. Thanks AK

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    I can't wait to see pictures from this hunt. Caribou is something I had always wanted to do, and you've kind of sparked my interest again.

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    Something I learned when I was there was to put a stick through the rib cage standing straight up in the air with a piece of cloth on top. That will help you locate the exact position if it is in a brushy area. Secondly, if you get there and its not up anymore, you probably have company nearby.

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    Always have your gun ready too. I got up one morning and was doing my "business" when my buddy came out of the tent and said don't move. Not the time to get caught with your pants down. So I checked my 6 for bears and nothing. At my 3 o'clock was a good bull feeding into camp and then the show from my post began. My buddy eased his way just to the edge of the tents and let his 300 win mag sing. That bou dropped hard in his tracks. Quartered him up finished and breakfast all from camp.

    We were hoping to see bears as two of my hunting partners had resident bear tags.

    Can't wait to hear about your hunt Retterath.

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    i hope to get a ton of good pic and shoot some caribou.
    team kabob at least that was a caribou and not a bear coming for ya with your pants down. Sounds like a great time, its coming soon!!!
    Hunt4duck-that is a good idea about the stick i will have to use that idea. thanks

 

 

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