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Barren Ground Caribou

Hunt Cost: $8,000
Travel Cost: $1,800
Attempts: 2

Date Killed: 10/12/2011

Jake's Difficulty Rating
Barren Ground Caribou 1

Jake rated each animal based on three criteria:

1.) degree of training probably required:
2.) element of danger...(either from the expected weather, terrain, or animal)
3.) the cost.

Zero would be the lowest, and three would the highest.

He did not take into account the difficulty involved in taking a P&Y caliber animal (i.e. mule deer, etc).


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Jake's Barren Ground Caribou Summary

I had hunted Barren Ground Caribou previously. In Alaska, I was 36 yards from a SLEEPING bull. I was going to stalk closer, but there was another bull in the area, so I was comfortable taking the shot.....and I whiffed! During my stalk, I must have done something to the sights, because I was 8 inches over his back.....and that was the last day of my hunt. What a long walk back to the tent THAT was. A couple years later, I had the chance to hunt them again, but this time it was in the northern Yukon. Thanks to a gun hunter in camp, named Thomas Martini, not only was I given a shot opportunity at a nice, mature bull....but unbeknownst to me, that dude even videoed the bowhunt for me. Imagine completing your NA29 and finding out that the shot which gives you closure, is recorded on video! Not only was it recorded on video, the footage was excellent!! Needless to say, those were some of the tastier caribou tenderloins I ever ate....but the Crown Royal was DEFINITELY affecting my taste buds during that meal!!

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