Overall, it was a great adventure. Thanks for setting us up with this Outfitter!
Overall it was an awesome experience and we are already planning our return trip! Oh, and did I mention the fishing was great?
Excellent caribou hunt from start to finish. Life long friends and memories will forever be remembered!
It was truly a hunt of a lifetime and something I would suggest to anyone if able.
I plan on using them again in a couple of years when I take my caribou hunt!
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Russ has been bowhunting in Alaska many times, and is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. In this episode Russ talks about his experiences in the Arctic and what he has learned about hunting there for caribou and moose. It’s especially interesting to hear how he plans his gear and preparation. You should really enjoy this podcast and it’s a must listen if you have ever wanted to hunt in Alaska.
Have you dreamed of a float hunt in Alaska?
If so you’re not alone, and although we suggest an unguided drop hunt for caribou, we do have some great float options. Guaranteed tags, lots of grizzly bears and amazing caribou hunting, most affordable Alaska float hunt for grizzly and caribou that we know of and best of all it is truly a remote wilderness adventure of a lifetime! Last year, on just three hunts, they saw 29 grizzly bears and thousands of caribou. The best thing about this hunt is compared to most, it is very affordable, with a little planning, you can make your Alaska dream combo hunt come true.
Float a river surrounded by majestic mountains up to 4,500 ft. at the start of your hunt and ending up into rolling hills halfway through your 60 mile float. This is a true wilderness hunt in the 3.5 million acre National Petroleum reserve. So needless to say, hunting pressure is very, very limited. The terrain in this area is relatively good for foot travel, with occasional areas of tussocks and swamp.
You can expect to see from 10 to 10,000 caribou daily, with the norm being 20-200. Wolves are relatively common, but you have to be quick and a good shot as they are an elusive animal. The hunt will begin with a two hour flight across the Brooks Range and the Gates of the Arctic National Park. Your fly in day will be spent getting rafts and equipment ready and checking the zero on your weapons. Be prepared to spend a lot of time glassing for bears feeding on the hillsides and for caribou coming through the passes.
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Caribou Hunting Gear List
Obviously, as an experienced hunter, you have a list of things you like to carry, but this is a list directly from an Alaskan outfitter and there may be a few things here that you hadn’t thought about.
- Framed backpack
- Folding saw with bone blade
- Rifle with 30-40 rounds of ammo
- Soft gun case for the backcountry flight
- Knives with a sharpener
- Good sleeping bag and pad (we recommend a -20 bag or better)
- Hip boots
- Flashlight and/or headlamp
- Camera with extra batteries
- Water bottle (filter if you desire)
- Insect repellent (100% Deet)
- Stocking hat/gloves
- Top quality rain gear
- Camp shoes (insulated leather boots)
- 1 pair of insulated hunting pants
- 1 pair of non-insulated hunting pants
- 2 pairs top and bottom of medium weight insulated underwear (DO NOT BRING COTTON)
- 2-3 hunting shirts
- Heavy wool socks (1 pair for each day)
- Heavy coat (with Gore-Tex)
- Game Bags
- Personal toiletry items
- Handheld inReach GPS unit (with downloaded map)
- Extra Batteries
- Iridium Satellite Phone (Iridium is the only satellite phone that works well above the Arctic Circle)
KEEP PERSONAL GEAR UNDER 70 lbs. (not including weapon)
Camp Gear (for every two hunters):
- 6-man tent (we suggest the Alaska Guide model)
- Coleman cook stove with 4 one pound propane bottles
- 2 Cots (optional)
- 2 Chairs
- 2 rolls of toilet paper
- 1 tarp
- 1 box of matches
- 3 lighters
- Cook set
- Garbage bags
- Lantern with extra mantles
- 2 sets of silverware, plates, bowls and cups
- 1 roll of paper towels
- 1 dish soap
- 10 Quart size Ziploc bags
- 20′ twine
- Coffee pot
- Basic First Aid kit
- Pot, pan and basic cooking utensils
Food (for every two hunters):
This is just an example of food you could take that will keep your weight reasonable. Feel free to mix and match, but be aware of weight.
- 5 lbs. potatoes
- 2 loaves of bread
- 5 onions
- Peanut butter
- Cooking oil
- Gatorade/Kool-Aid mix
- Coffee Mate/Sugar
- Bag of candy
- Granola bars
- Instant oatmeal
- Hot cocoa
- Ramen Soup
- Salt and Pepper
- Mountain House, PEAK, or similar breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts
Keep your clothing lightweight, warm and waterproof. Synthetic materials work best due to their drying and wicking capabilities. we suggest you do not bring cotton. It is slow to dry, and does not wick away moisture. In short, COTTON KILLS. Blaze orange is NOT required in Alaska. Moisture is your enemy! Your sleeping bag will hold moisture and a few days build up may make it lose its ability to effectively insulate you. Open bags up, hang, etc to let them dry as needed. Wet or damp clothing can be dried in the sun or next to a small fire… be careful. Damp clothing can be worn in your sleeping bag and your body eat will dry it overnight. Utilize layering of clothing during the day, and do not overdress while hiking. Sweating will make you cold for hours.
The #1 thing we hear from our hunters when they return from their caribou hunt is that tundra is awful to walk in. It’s like trying to walk on frozen rolling footballs. A great pair of comfortable, well fitting, BROKEN IN, lace up, supportive hiking boots are ESSENTIAL!
Don’t forget to break in your wading boots either!
Prior to setting up your camp, survey the area; try to locate your tent(s) on a cleared off, level spot next to trees or bushes that will protect you from the wind. Keep food items in totes with lids, out of and a short distance away from your tent.
Select an area away from camp for your “privy,” and cover waste prior to leaving. Consider burning food items, which are odorous or greasy to prevent problems with bears. Bag up metal and other garbage items to be hauled out.
Do not cook inside your tent. This can deplete oxygen and can damage the ten leaving you without shelter. Use of your camp stove to heat your tent can cause you to run out of propane. Bringing the proper gear will have you outfitted to be comfortable without wasting fuel.
Weapons and Ammo:
Alaska law does not separate licenses or seasons by weapon.
Appropriate caliber selection is important. We recommend .30 caliber or larger. Smaller calibers will work just fine for caribou, but remember you are in grizzly bear country.
Select PREMIUM ammo and sight in prior to your hunt. While on a commercial flight, your ammo needs to be in the original box or a container specifically made to hold appropriate ammo.
Alaska archery requires a 40 lb. minimum draw weight for caribou hunting. Also required is a minimum of 7/8″ broadhead with a 300 grain minimum (shaft/tip) weight. No mechanical broadheads are allowed.
Field Care of Trophy:
We recommend consulting your taxidermist prior to your caribou hunt for instructions on caping and fleshing your trophy. Heads must be caped and fleshed in the field with the ears and lips turned and salted. We also recommend splitting the skull caps. They can easily be put back together by your taxidermist, and you will save hundreds of dollars on shipping fees. While in the field, keep your cape opened up, out of direct sunlight, and preferably hung in a small tree or bush so it can have air circulation and stay cool.
All edible meat must be salvaged. You are responsible for packing all edible meat back to the runway at your camp (including rib and neck meat). Meat of the front quarters, hindquarters, and ribs must remain on the bone until removed from the field (or eaten). Keep meat out of direct sunlight and a short distance away from your camp. Set it so it can cool and have circulation all around it. Don’t put your meat in a pile – it will either quickly spoil or freeze into one solid hunk. Antlers MAY NOT be removed from the kill site until ALL salvageable meat is removed. DO NOT STORE YOUR MEAT IN LAKES OR RIVERS.
It is likely that you will be dropped near a stream or river which will probably contain Arctic char and grayling. If you wish to fish a fishing license IS required.
Bears and Wolves:
We recommend that you purchase a wolf tag. They are a great bonus to a caribou hunt. Harvested wolves must be skinned (hide and skull) for transport out of the field and then sealed by local troopers or AKDF&G.
You are most likely in grizzly country. Respect them. If you see a bear, avoid it if possible. If you encounter a grizzly, make noise. YELL continuously. Stand up and make yourself look as large as possible. Do NOT run. Defend yourself by shooting the bear as a last resort.
Getting Picked Up:
On the day your are to be flown out, have your gear packed and ready to go. Do not pile gear/meat/antlers on the runway area. Keep it assembled off to the side where it was unloaded. Depending on the weather, you may need to keep a tent up for shelter.
Stay near camp and be attentive to air traffic. Pick up times are weather dependant and not time specific. If the plane comes to get you and you’re not at camp or ready to go, the pilot may not be able to wait for you. If weather is unflyable, don’t panic. Remain at your camp and know that you will be picked up as soon as the weather breaks.
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