One of our Brooks Range hunting outfitters sent us the following email:
As I’m in between hunts I thought it would be a good opportunity to send out a quick update of the hunting season we’ve had on the Brooks Range so far. (More to come!)
Our dall sheep hunts were 100% with all rams being between 10 and 14 years old. All horns were over 36 1/2″ and all bases were over 13 1/2″. Not to shabby, huh?
On our Brooks Range
Arctic Barren Ground Grizzly hunts, we had a 100% shooting opportunity with one bear being wounded and not recovered. Otherwise everyone took home a barren ground grizzly. The bears in my area just keep multiplying. Each year there are more. Being limited to just four permits per year, I can not begin to have an effect on them as I am the only guide permitted and there is zero resident hunting pressure.
Caribou hunts were 150%. About half of the hunters elected to take a second caribou. Everyone who wanted a nice caribou was successful. The Porcupine and the Central Arctic caribou herds are among the few herds in North America that are expanding at an exponential rate. At this point in history we definitely are in the the best barren ground caribou area. I will be opening new caribou opportunities in 2010. Some of which can be combined with grizzly as well. I plan on a float trip for 2010 combining caribou with Arctic Grizzly. These will be very limited so I would advise getting a spot ASAP.