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Hunting Traditions: The Needless to say, Gary was right. We saw nine different bulls on this hunt, but we never found one that we felt comfortable pulling the trigger on, and we were way too early for caribou. We had a great hunt, but unfortunately returned empty-handed. This would be the only time I hunted this early and the only time we came home without any game. I learned a lot on this trip, mostly what not to do! I learned a long time ago that skimping on gear in Alaska is never a smart decision. It’s a land that can do a lot more than make you miserable if you don’t have the right gear. She can kill you, and being 100 miles from the nearest road, it’s not like you can jump in the truck and go get what you need. If only I had applied this logic on my raft choice! Learning Years Part 2 2005-2006 The following year, my friend Jeff Spitler agreed to join me. Jeff’s an archery hunter hailing from Colorado by way of Texas. He’s a rangy western hunting type of guy with a thirst for adventure and hungry to take on all that Alaska has to offer. Jeff and I would spend the next several seasons hunting this river, learning float and moose hunting tactics together and having a blast doing it. My first priority for my second attempt of putting this hunt together was to get the right raft, one well suited for this type of hunt. I’d been following the Pristine Ventures forum and speaking with the owner, Larry Bartlett whom I’d met at the Great Alaska Sportsmen’s Show. Larry sells high quality outdoor products and even offers hunt planning services. After talking to Larry and 21