"Outfitter Jason Mogen had told me the Mulchatna River
basin--a narrow, winding river with bluffs, meadows and thick cover--is an ideal bowhunting location," Rutten said.
Finally, a couple days after killing the moose, we spotted a big brownie off the Mulchatna River
The Mulchatna herd, located in the Mulchatna river
drainage west Of Anchorage, is an example of this.
We stashed our gear in our chartered twin Otter and took off, heading southwest through the majestic landscape of Lake Clark Pass, en route to the Mulchatna River
. I gazed out the window at the sun glinting off the mountain glaciers and clouds scudding across snow-capped peaks that stretched as far as the eye could see.
Sweet Spots: The Mulchatna River
herd east of Lake Illiamna is one of the state's most populous, and accounts for a high percentage of high-scoring antlers.
The modern-day Mulchatna herd--named for the Mulchatna River
which flows through what was once the herd's primary calving area--numbers some 200,000 caribou, a huge increase over the "mere" 80,000 to 90,000 animals it contained in the 1980s.