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New DVD is Available!

December 18, 2010

It’s been a busy few weeks, but the new Western Shed-Venture DVD is finally out. It took a little longer than it was supposed to. A machine at the DVD replication company broke down and they had to outsource it to a different company, but I finally got it. I apologize to anyone that ordered early for the delay. I shipped all the orders that I had received until that point on Dec. 16, as soon as it was available. I think this is a better video than the first. I’m a little more experienced with a camera now, and it was nice to have Dan Hess along so we could film each other. We picked up a lot of sheds in Montana and Idaho. Frankly, we were really spoiled out there! And it was cool to pick up whitetail, mule deer and elk antlers. The last day, I think it was April 24 or 25, I picked up an elk shed that may have been shed that morning. Completely bloody! It was so cool! Check out the trailer on the DVD page of my website.

Joe


AK Caribou/Shed Hunt

December 2, 2010

Well it’s Dec. 2 and I’ve already heard of a shed-out buck and a halfrack running around! So I guess I better get caught up on this blog, but I wanted to make a couple more posts from earlier this fall. I had a blast on my first Alaskan caribou hunt. Once again, this year I worked on the Kenai River in southern Alaska. Did I take this job entirely so I could caribou hunt this fall? YES! (Although I still had to buy a nonresident license.) In mid-September, my brother Jack and my friend Andy flew up to join me for a caribou hunt. We drove as far north as you can drive, all the way to Deadhorse, AK, which is right at the tippy-top of the state. Gas was a paltry $4.50 per gallon. We did a walk-in hunt. In this area, you can shoot a caribou anywhere with a bow, but you have to be 5 miles off the road to use a rifle and we were all toting rifles. We set up our tent at the 4-mile mark. We had temps in the 30s by day and 20s at night. The first morning, as we walked the next mile to the 5-mile point, I saw something on the frosty tundra that didn’t look right. We were in a group, so I wanted to call it but couldn’t find the words. “Shed, shed, shed!” I finally yelled! It was a sweet shed from a bull caribou! Nice size. Quite old, but in great shape. I marked it on the GPS and came back for it later because we had caribou to hunt! The first morning we saw about 300 caribou total, 80 before we’d even left the tent! We set up in front of a herd of about 30 animals and let them walk toward us. We dropped our packs and moved to try to get in front of them. As it turned out, they shifted their course and ended up walking right where our packs were! To make a long story short, Andy and I each dropped a bull out of the herd on the first stalk on the first day! It took a couple days to get everything packed out. Meanwhile, Jack kept hunting … and the caribou disappeared. On the third day, Jack didn’t see a single animal. On the last day of the hunt, we were just getting ready to call it quits. Jack and I walked to one more rise. The plan was to peek over the edge and if there were no caribou in sight, we were done. As luck would have it, we saw a half-dozen cows and calves in the distance. We executed a quick stalk and Jack got his caribou … 6.5 miles off the road! It was a great hunt, but you never saw 3 guys happier to check into the Super 8 in Fairbanks! I’d love to do it again! Best of all, just walking around on the tundra, I managed to find 5 caribou sheds, although only one bull shed. All the cows were in velvet, while the bulls were shed out. A few different times we found shards of velvet lying on the tundra. Since all caribou carry antlers, I’ve decided they are the world’s most perfect animal! They really are amazing creatures! The pics are me with a shed, my caribou, Andy’s caribou, Jack’s caribou.

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