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Another great hunt
Caribou
Contributors to this thread:
JSW 22-Oct-19
JSW 22-Oct-19
JSW 22-Oct-19
JSW 22-Oct-19
Kevin Speicher 22-Oct-19
t-roy 22-Oct-19
kota-man 22-Oct-19
Trial153 22-Oct-19
Quinn @work 22-Oct-19
IdyllwildArcher 22-Oct-19
Zackman 22-Oct-19
Elite 1 22-Oct-19
Nick Muche 22-Oct-19
bowhunter24 22-Oct-19
standswittaknife 22-Oct-19
Franklin 23-Oct-19
DanaC 23-Oct-19
BULELK1 23-Oct-19
midwest 23-Oct-19
The last savage 23-Oct-19
T Mac 23-Oct-19
Charlie Rehor 23-Oct-19
BOWUNTR 23-Oct-19
Bou'bound 23-Oct-19
WI Shedhead 23-Oct-19
Percy 23-Oct-19
pav 23-Oct-19
elkmtngear 23-Oct-19
SBH 23-Oct-19
njbuck 23-Oct-19
DEMO-Bowhunter 23-Oct-19
sticksender 23-Oct-19
BOHNTR 23-Oct-19
trakman 23-Oct-19
iceman 23-Oct-19
axle2axle 23-Oct-19
JSW 23-Oct-19
buzz mc 23-Oct-19
wooddamon1 23-Oct-19
bfisherman11 23-Oct-19
JSW 23-Oct-19
SDHNTR(home) 23-Oct-19
Jaquomo 23-Oct-19
Shug 23-Oct-19
yeager 23-Oct-19
SteveB 23-Oct-19
From: JSW
22-Oct-19
A few years ago I was talking to a friend about maybe trying to do a hunt together. He asked what I had left that I really wanted to hunt. It's kind of embarrassing to say that I really have hunted everything on my bucket list. I'm not just dying to do another big hunt. I told him that I could probably get excited about woodland caribou.

Here's why.

As most of you know the Newfoundland herd crashed pretty hard about 20 years ago. Man I can't believe it's been that long. I've noticed over the years that the best time to harvest the biggest animals is when a herd is on the rise. That's what's happening with woodland caribou right now. They are making a comeback and the trophy quality is going way up.

We talked to a number of outfitters at SCI 2 years ago and we settled on Efford's Hunting Adventures. I have never had the best luck on guided hunts. In fact, I've only been on 9 guided hunts in NA. Of those, I've only taken 1 P&Y animal. I average 5 or 6 P&Y animals per 9 DIY hunts. It's hard to part with half a years earnings and not even nock up an arrow.

I was hoping this hunt would break that jinx.

From: JSW
22-Oct-19

JSW's embedded Photo
JSW's embedded Photo
Bob said we would be hunting Caribou pond. A place called Caribou pond has to be a great place to hunt caribou, right?

As is often the case with northern hunts, we loaded up the float plane and took off only to be turned around by clouds and fog. Oh, the joys of hunting the north country.

We got out mid afternoon on the next day and very quickly, I was certain that this would be a great hunt. There were plenty of caribou and I knew it would only be a matter of time before I found one I wanted to go after. Even if it didn't work out the first few stalks, it looked like I would have plenty of chances.

That's the tough part about bowhunting and particularly, traditional bowhunting. You really need to have multiple opportunities to be consistently successful.

Here is my second day bull

From: JSW
22-Oct-19
3 of us went on this hunt, one longbow, one recurve and one compound. All 3 of us tagged out. It was a really fun hunt and a great time with good friends.

The population seems to be on the rise which is great news for all of us. I would highly recommend this hunt to anyone who wants a big woodland bull.

From: JSW
22-Oct-19

JSW's embedded Photo
JSW's embedded Photo
We snuck up on this one while we were packing out my bull. I could have easily shot this bull. What a fun hunt.

22-Oct-19
Beautiful bull, congratulations!

From: t-roy
22-Oct-19
Love the beautiful mane on your bull! Congrats on a great animal, Jim!

From: kota-man
22-Oct-19
Awesome animal. Congrats.

From: Trial153
22-Oct-19
Congrats

From: Quinn @work
22-Oct-19
Congrats. What a beautiful animal!

22-Oct-19
Wow, what a beautiful bull. Grats!

From: Zackman
22-Oct-19
Awesome!!

From: Elite 1
22-Oct-19
Gorgeous bull all the way around congratulations

From: Nick Muche
22-Oct-19
Very nice! Congrats!

From: bowhunter24
22-Oct-19
That will make a beautiful mount congrats!

22-Oct-19
Very cool...

From: Franklin
23-Oct-19
You aren`t kidding about the quality....that is a great bull.

From: DanaC
23-Oct-19
Fantastic! What are the specs on the recurve?

From: BULELK1
23-Oct-19
What a bull-------->

Congrats

Thanks for sharing, Robb

From: midwest
23-Oct-19
Beauty bull...congrats! My buddy was up there this fall and killed a dandy as well along with a great velvet bull moose.

23-Oct-19
Great bull, congrats on a fine job!! Jinx over...

From: T Mac
23-Oct-19
Beautiful woodland bull congrats!

23-Oct-19
The Rock! No where like it! Congrats! C

From: BOWUNTR
23-Oct-19
Awesome bull Jim.... he's a fatty. Ed F

From: Bou'bound
23-Oct-19
spectacular in all regards

From: WI Shedhead
23-Oct-19
Great animal Jim!!!!! Your fall is shaping up nicely!!!!!

From: Percy
23-Oct-19
Nice job, that's a great bull. Percy

From: pav
23-Oct-19
Great bull! Love the dark antlers against the white mane. Congrats!

From: elkmtngear
23-Oct-19
Beautiful Trophy animal, great accomplishment with a stick and string!

From: SBH
23-Oct-19
Amazing critters with traditional gear! Can you tell us a little about your bow and arrow setup? Thanks for the post

From: njbuck
23-Oct-19
Heck of a bull, congrats!

23-Oct-19
Congrats!

From: sticksender
23-Oct-19
Beauty of a bull, congrats Jim!

From: BOHNTR
23-Oct-19
Congrats again, Jim!

From: trakman
23-Oct-19
Way to go Jim

From: iceman
23-Oct-19
Great bull! Congrats!

From: axle2axle
23-Oct-19
Nicely done! Beautiful animals...and yours is a whopper! Kevin

From: JSW
23-Oct-19
Someone asked about my bow. I still shoot my 1999 model Bighorn takedown, short riser. 56", 52# at 27". The only time I shoot anything else is when I put on the 60# limbs for heavy animals. Something bigger than elk. I know Bighorn had a reputation for being a dog but the later ones shoot really well. I've taken dozens of animals with this bow and it never lets me down. I almost always shoot cedar arrows with either a magnus or bear razorhead. I put together 6 carbons and put trad vanes on 4 of them. I've always said that the worst part of shooting traditional is keeping your feathers dry especially on the northern hunts. The trad vanes shoot pretty good. I can't say they fly as good as feathers but they certainly fly better than wet feathers. These carbons match my cedars in weight and flight. I got a new gripper for my thunderhorn quiver before I left. I've been shooting the bigger cedars for so long that the carbons don't stay put in the quiver. When I got there I realized that my cedars fit way too tight in the quiver so I just put in all carbons. I had a Carbon Express 250 heritage with an old screw in bear razorhead. It penetrated to the fletch and did a great job, as always. These arrows are 500 grain. A little lighter than my normal setup but I had some matching cedars that I've been dying to use. Been shooting both all year and they hit the same. I wasn't hunting anything big this year so I was comfortable with the lighter arrow. I'm going to put the old gripper back on my quiver so I can shoot cedars next week on whitetails. What an exciting time to be a bowhunter.

Thanks for all the kind remarks. Maybe I finally broke my guided hunt jinx.

From: buzz mc
23-Oct-19
Congrats. That's such a cool looking animal.

From: wooddamon1
23-Oct-19
Beautiful caribou, congrats! Is the Bighorn made after the Asbell era?

From: bfisherman11
23-Oct-19
1999 Bighorn was either Bud Boker or King Cavalier. My Bighorn was made just prior to Bud's passing. It's a shame, he would have done a lot with BH. These are good bows! I still have mine.

Bill

From: JSW
23-Oct-19
I got it while King still owned the company. It was right after they redesigned the limbs and were getting better performance out of the bows. I bought this bow and an identical set of limbs which shoot exactly the same.

I agree with you on Bud. I think he could have kept it going and made some good bows.

From: SDHNTR(home)
23-Oct-19
Wow! Stud of a bull. Congrats Jim.

From: Jaquomo
23-Oct-19
Great job, Jim! Fantastic bull!

From: Shug
23-Oct-19
Beautiful bull

From: yeager
23-Oct-19
Congratulations on a fantastic hunt......great looking caribou!!

From: SteveB
23-Oct-19
What a great bull! Congratulations!!

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