Day two in the magnificent Alaskan Wilderness and the team are caribou hunting.
The first day of setting up camp, glassing and getting a lay of the land means they know the area well. The home for the next 14 days is in a spectacular valley with big mountains on both sides and a huge field of view of their area ahead. The plan is to get up onto a nearby ridge and continue glassing. They have already spotted a lot of caribou and moose tracks and are excited for the day ahead.
High on the mountainside is a grizzly sow and two cubs over 1000 yards away. So they take a closer look through the Hawke spotting scope and get some great footage of this magnificent apex predator and the next generation that will undoubtedly dominate this area.
The ground continually changes shape... ...with new ridges, knolls and ravines appearing from nowhere!
Today is about exploring and trying to find the best vantage point from which to survey the hunting area. Climbing a ridge they scan the area and see two caribou bull around 1200-1300 yards away. The ground continually changes shape as progress, with new ridges, knolls and ravines appearing from nowhere.
From an elevated position they can formulate their approach into the caribou. As the team get closer to the mountains, the incline increases dramatically. Whilst the vegetation isn’t providing too problematic, the sheer physical exertion is beginning to take it’s toll. As the tension rises and time runs against them they drop their packs and approach the ridge where they believe the caribou are grazing. They need to be light on their feet and ready to take the shot on a moments notice.
The next task is to establish the location of the other bull. It isn’t long until the second bull appears just yards away. Both are mature bulls and both in safe shooting positions.
The first job is to tag the bulls and complete the harvest tickets. This is an essential part of the management programme in Alaska, with every animal harvested accounted for including where and when it was taken. It has been another incredible day out in the Alaskan wilderness.
ED Glass | Phase Corrected
Extra-low Dispersion glass for optimum clarity. Focus knob with 1.2 turns - close focus from 6.6ft/2m. Fully multi-coated optics to produce sharp images
Extra-low dispersion glass for optimum clarity. Dielectric coatings designed to increase light reflectivity. Dual focus knob to achieve ultra fine focusing. Close focus - see detail from 16.4ft/5m. Stay-on soft scope cover for maximum protection.