Musk ox inhabit much of the Noatak River drainage. This placid solitary bull walked right next to our camps stopping to browse on willows.
We are paddling the river from Tupik Creek to Kotzebue this Aug/Sept. Musk Oxen are tops on my wish list.
Just got back from a 2nd trip on the Noatak from Lucky 6 creek to Kotz in 48 days. saw 6 muskies about a third of the way down...
Meant to get back to you a year or more ago. Saw a dozen Musk Oxen including two battling near camp (albeit rather laid back battling). Including my recon of Angiaak Pass, was out July 29 - Sept 2 with a crew of six on the river and four in the mountains (I was the only one to do both). Did the second trip connecting the Noatak to the Kobuk this past July 25 - Aug 24 alone. Black Bears stole a boot and a Griz ambushed me in the canoe on the upper Reed below Angiaak Pass. Very exciting. Alaska Magazine running short story on it in May issue this year.
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