Ep 130: Joseph von Benedikt On Caribou Hunting Trials And Tribulations In Alaska

Joseph von Benedikt is back on the show again today and he’s going to share the story of his successful Alaska solo backcountry caribou hunt from September of 2020. As you’ll learn here shortly, that trip was quite the adventure. He got to test out the new 6.8 Western cartridge under some pretty demanding circumstances, tagged a beautiful caribou bull, and dealt with some pretty harrowing conditions while he was out there.

So, Joseph is going to share the story of his hunt with us, share some lessons he learned along the way, and give a couple of pointers to those who are interested in going on a caribou hunt in Alaska themselves at some point in the future

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What We Covered

1) Why Joseph decided to go on a solo backcountry caribou hunt in Alaska.

2) Brief overview of his hunt.

3) A few interesting facts about caribou.

4) What rifle, cartridge, and ammunition he used on his hunt and how it performed on that caribou.

5) A brief overview of some of the struggles he dealt with on his caribou hunt.

6) Things Joseph wishes he’d done differently on this hunt.

7) A few pieces of advice for other hunters interested in hunting Alaska.

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1) Joseph’s Personal Instagram Page

2) Check out Joseph’s podcast: The Backcountry Hunting Podcast on Apple Podcasts

3) Backcountryhuntingpodcast.net – Web site For the Backcountry Hunting Podcast

4) Below are photos of Joseph and his caribou.