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A hard-earned record setting caribou hunt


February 10, 2022

Photo courtesy of Claira Sallenbach

Local hunter Claira Sallenbach couldn't help but think of prehistoric times after she saw her first caribou up close in November. Above, Stallenbach is pictured with the bull, which ended up being one of the biggest ever taken in the state. But for her, it meant providing for friends, family and community.

Claira Sallenbach had talked with friends about making her first hunting trip to caribou country this fall, but when her long-lining season continued into November she thought the opportunity had passed. Then a second chance arose when a friend and her friend's husband, Mark, invited Sallenbach to come for Thanksgiving and try to chase caribou in Cold Bay.

A couple weeks prior, Mark had gotten into a small herd and had taken a nice bull. Okay, that's an understatement, the bull's antlers were big enough to make the Boone & Crockett record book. For a caribou bull to make the book, its...

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