Eva's First Caribou - Pink Gun and All
We're up in the Yukon - my favourite place of earth. Eva was up here a few days ago for the first time and she loved it. She shot her first caribou and it was a beauty. Huge, huge top beams and really thick. We spotted it from the cabins only a few miles away. I glassed for awhile but had no idea he was as big as he actually was. We finally made the stalk up the mountain, straight up the slope for two hours and got up on top of him. He was feeding from one mountain to the next, so by the time we got up to the top, he had already made his way down to the valley between the two mountains. Eva got all set-up on the trigger sticks and made an absolutely perfect shot with her pink T/C .270 from 215 yards. Did I mention she was using a pink gun?!? She was totally ecstatic with big smiles and to top it off, she shot him down at the base of the mountain, so we didn't have to pack the meat out - we drove the argo right up beside him! It was a great day with great weather and a really fun hunt with my beautiful daughter.
After that, Eva flew out on the float plane and me, Todd and Shane headed out to spike camp to explore some more of the land up here. I'm starting to think that Eva had the right idea because right after she left camp, the weather went from beautiful and sunny to totally ugly, cold and rainy. We were out in spike camp living like bush pigs, soaking wet and miserable. I don't think Eva would have enjoyed herself. Finally after every article of our clothing was soaked right through, it started to clear off and everything's been good for a few days since. We're seeing tons of animals out here, at least 7-9 bull moose per day, plus today we saw four grizzly bears and lots of caribou everywhere. None as big as Eva's bull, but lots of good ones.
The colours up here are changing as the weather turns. Just a few days ago it was bright red and orange everywhere, with trees full of leaves and bright colours all over the mountains. In just a few days the winds were strong enough to knock all the leaves off the trees and now the mountains and valleys are just grey, grey, grey with no leaves anywhere. It's a lot easier to spot animals through the bare trees, but definitely doesn't have the beauty that it did last week with all the fall colours. Still lots of hunting to do, so hopefully the weather will hold on for us for another two weeks... Not likely, but hopefully.
Below Image: Eva's First Caribou! Beautiful Yukon bull.
Below Image: Thank you for making our lives easier, Argo.