While archery hunting along the Dalton Highway, AKA the Haul Road, I met a man from Fairbanks by the name of Dickie Byrd. Dickie is a true woodsman and has passed on some great moose hunting stories. We have stayed in touch and recently he sent me the following photo and message. It ties in nicely with my previous Haul Road entry.
Finger Mountain is located at a landmark on the highway called Finger Rock. It is guite prominent and, if my memory serves we correctly, it is just about an hour’s drive south of the Arctic Cirle. The photo is of a bull caribou that was standing right next to the highway and would have been very vulnerable to an archery hunter.
Unfortunately, these events are not common as the country is vast. However, it’s a nice photo. Thanks Dickie. Here’s a link to Dickie’s web site. http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1277001727065958343zbLfc
Caribou are noted for their larger herds of 10,000 to 20,000 animals. These numbers reflect the number of animals associated with one another. But they are usually widely scattered over an area. From ground level you will maybe see several thousand of them but the biggest number of them will be hidden from sight by hills, gully, and just plain old distance. Even from an airplane you might only see half of the herd.
During the summer months they spread out farther and you often only see a few hundred and they will be in small family groups with 100 yards or 5 miles separating them. In the summer you will also find a lot of individual animals scattered around here and there. But, when you see one, you can be sure that the rest of the herd is scattered about in the surrounding miles.