It is very tough to wait this one out. We both are packed and ready to go. Bows are tuned so look out caribou.
When I return I will have two weeks until I have to have my spine fused in two different areas. Doc said that if you can stand the pain go ahead because you can't hurt yourself any worse than what you have already. I'm taking pain killers with just in case.
Let us know how you do!
It's fantastic to go on these hunts with my son. Our trip to South Africa was very memorable along with our sheep, elk, deer and antelope hunts.
How many can you shoot?
Hoping it is very memorable.
Thanks Tom, for some weird reason I always think your handle is Terry Marcum's... Weird.
Not a single bug all week!
THey used aluminum boats with 25hp motors to get around the lake.
For the most part it was not too dangerous out on the water with the wind and waves that came up.
The meals (our camp cook was Jody) were phenominal. And the guide we had (Jason) was really well versed on eco tourism due to his polar bear tourism stuff.
He also was 100% this season on bowhunters getting nice bulls. Apparently the first week of the 3 weeks he had Archers Choice in camp and they had 10 or more stalks on great bulls they did not shoot because the video was not correct. He said they ended up shooting nice ones though.
This one had a great double shovel, His main shovel was almost 28" long.
October 6th he goes under the knife again for more back surgery.
We also flew out through another very highly reviewed camp and their 8 hunters during the same week, 6 of them had not even seen a caribou.
Bighorn, good luck on the surgery. Take it easy on the nurses..... I don't think they will be able to control themselves, you will have to be the strong one....
We'll see ya on the CF when you get out..... =D
Glad that I purchased a new pair of Lacrosse 800 boots to take with. Also, the cold wind will chill you to the bone. WindShear clothing and a lite rain suit is a must. I think that a spotting scope would just get in the way. However, our 8 x 30 Swarvoski binocs were ok but 10 x 42 would have worked better.
I gave my range finder and a pair of goretex gloves that I had not yet worn to our guide. I got a big smile and a hug from him so he obviously appreciated getting them.
I can't imagine a hunt being better than this one. Here is a picture of our guide with my bull.
I just made reservations to the GSCO banquet in Reno for Scott, my wife and myself. Hope to visit with 3 of the guys that were in our camp when we get to Reno. Scott will be getting his Super 10 Slam with a bow award. Are any of you guys on here going to attend?
The outhouses were not quite the comforts of home but they were out of the chilly wind.
I figured with my oldest of three children leaving for college this fall, it may be 8 or more years before they are all through college and I would possibly be in a situation where I could possibly go DIY for caribou in Alaska or something.
Dad, wanting to see me achieve this hunting together set up this hunt and made my goal become a reality. I am really thankful for all he and my mother have done for me in my life. I hope that someday I can do the same for my children.
My wife said that I should consider retiring from hunting because the addition that we had built onto our house is already full of mounts. Scott and I still have to use our 20 archery elk preference points here in Colorado this coming season. I wonder where I will put that mount?
He underwent over 5 hours of work, the L5 Vertebrae was something like 4x's larger than normal, and they chisseled it down to normal size, then cleaned out the stenosis around his chord and fused him from L1 down to S1.
The photo is of his opening.
He had been walking a mile or so every day since he got out of the hospital (a week stay).
Last night he mentioned that he sneezed and something felt like it tweaked or something...
I've not seen him in person since surgery, but I am told he stands upright more with excellent posture now that they reconstructed his back into a proper alignment.
Of course, aftr harvesting out, there were some really nice bulls that actually came by camp even with 6 or 7 guys standing on the hill next to a barrell in the wide open.
Actually, I am walking better than before and I don't look like I have a pack on my back all the time. I'm anxious to get into the pt work so that I can start pulling my bow and be ready to cash in our 20 years of elk preference points so that Scott and I can have another great hunt together.
I have gone on 6 guided hunts and this was the best one without a doubt.
This year that camp 23 hunters killed 46 bulls.
If we were to do it over it might have made sense to drive the extra 8 hours from Winnipeg to Thompson, but we already drove about 20 hours straight up from Denver to Winnipeg.
Which week are you going to be there? It probably won't make any difference. If you are a cribbage player you should challenge Jodi, the cook, to a game. I took the first 7 games then, she came back and beat me 6 straight. I was lucky that we had to break camp and go home or she probably would have beat me a few more.
I'm walking 2 miles per day and have been after the first week out of the hospital. I am working with 10 lbs. weight to build up my arms again. I sure want to go elk hunting with Scott next fall.
I look back when he was about 14 and I quit hunting with my brother and a couple other friends so that I could teach him the fun of hunting and it's responsibility to each other, the land and the animals we hunt. Little did I know that he would turn out to be the hunter that he is now. He is already teaching his son so the genes have been passed on. My dad, Scott's grandpa, would be very proud of both of us!
The meat is excellent. I game some to my neighbors, my doctor and to my surgeon. They all think that it is very good meat.
Michael Kiker, pastor with GSCO shot two that both scored over 450" SCI.
Some phenominal trophies.
While dad and our Guide Jason were caping his bull, a herd ran by that I ran up to the top of the hill but could not get close enough for a shot, he had 5 or 6 tops on each side that were at least 24" long, huge Bez, and a shovel similar to this photo. It would easily have gone over 430" P&Y. I knew looking at him that he would smash the current record, but of course he was in the middle of a huge herd right in the center of a lot of cows. Impossible to have gotten even with a rifle.
It was a great trip with my dad, and the group hunting with us was also really great.
Some of the guys asked if we would come back, and for me this was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me that would not have been possible without my dad's assistance. It was a lot like our trip to Africa in that we just had an amazing trip together.
Do they list it or do you have to contact them directly to find the total price of a Caribou hunt?
Congratulations to you both.
My best, Paul
My happiest times I have ever experienced is hunting with my son...bar none! I will be 70 in a few months and my body is starting to give out. Hopefully, we will be able to harvest a couple of big bull elk in September. I never have been a hunter that had to arrow the biggest rack. Just a good representative of the species.
However, I really want both of us to harvest big bulls because this may be our last hunt together as we cash in our 20 preference points.