I figure you all like wildlife picts, here's a couple bou. We had our first bunch of this years migration come through yesterday, 1500 or so but they kept a movin. Sometimes they stay around a few weeks, sometimes they just head eastward towards Canada; you never can predict it. Usually, the migration is spread out north & south about 75 miles wide & 50 miles deep, the caribou travel in groups from a dozen to thousands, but usually follow well established traditional routes; you kill them in the same places year after year. Our 40 mile herd is 70K but was 425K in 1920's, back then the migration would shut down river boat traffic on the Yukon when they crossed; hard to imagine. The increased population of wolves (which take 20-30 times what man harvests) and global warming (no joke) the caribou moss which the caribou eat is sensitive to increased temperatures and has died off in most areas; just not enough food to support 400 thousand caribou nowadays.
Our subsistence season starts Aug 10, use to be back in July soon as the bou showed up, man were those the days. So I have a few weeks to take pictures which is just as cool as shooting them; will post more picts if you all want to see them kinda thing.
Yesterday, only a few stragglers were still there by evening when I got up on summit, young bulls and a few cows & calves. Usually, by beginning of August, we have a bunch of bou all over our summit and that's when I see those monster bulls you never see on the huntin shows on tv.
I guess most of you don't have wolves & grizz around. They really key in on the caribou, follow the herds, we try to shoot as many as we can but never ending battle. Every couple years, the state funds some predator control and we have a few Ak hunting clubs that also fund wolf bounties for trappers. Whenever you see 4-5 hundred wolves knocked off, you see the bou calf survival jump up and end up with total herd growth of 10-20 thousand, really dramatic. The only people who don't see the results are the "I wanna kiss the wolves" folks who throw injunctions in the courts to stop the culling of wolves which is quite obnoxious for the local folks who see the balance of nature first hand; what a bunch of idiots.
Can't wait till I'm taking picts of hundreds or thousands up there on our summit, then bringing home all that fresh meat too.