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Posted by Michael Strahan on Mar 27 2006
I just returned from a quick trip to Adak. While I was there I was able to gather some pretty good intel on the situation there with respect to caribou hunting. Please feel free to drop me a line and we can go over some details.
Before you rush to the airlines for your tickets though, I must say that I heard some very disturbing reports from locals while I was there. It seems that some of our ranks (visiting sport hunters) were guilty of some misbehavior out there a few months ago. They gutted and cleaned their caribou in the garage of a house they'd rented... and left the carcass, hide and guts on the floor for the locals to clean up. The cleanup crew didn't arrive for a couple of weeks and... well, you get the idea. Though this is disappointing (a vast understatement), it's nothing new. A good friend of mine manages a local hotel in Anchorage and recently reported that a group of goofball hunters boned out a caribou or three on a tarp in their Anchorage hotel room. I assure you I am not making this up. I also assure you that I will report such foolishness immediately if it ever happens when I'm around. What were these guys thinking?
The reason I mention this story is to say this: I will not be giving out information on Adak hunting en-masse. Instead, I'm hoping to filter out some of the jerks who would ruin this opportunity for the rest of us. So... if you're an ethical, hard-working hunter who can clean up after yourself and show some respect to the locals, feel free to contact me. If that last sentence raises your hackles, don't bother. Simple as that. I'm not your mother, and neither are the good people of Adak. Yes, I'm incensed by this (can you tell?), and I will not tolerate it. WHEW! I think I got that out of my system for now- it's called "righteous indignation" I think.
There are some good opportunities out there, but there are certain hoops you have to jump through to really make it work. It all starts by getting hooked up with the locals, and trust me, if you ignore my diatribe and abuse the situation anyway, it's the LAST time you'll use their services. They're no fools either.
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