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Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« on: January 06, 2024, 02:31:48 PM »
Hello everyone! I'm in the early stages of organizing a caribou hunting expedition for my uncle, a seasoned outdoorsman who ignited my passion for nature years ago. I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations or advice on this venture.

I'm specifically interested in the following criteria:
1) A rifle hunt experience.
2) A fly-in or backcountry experience.
3) Targeting caribou that are not in velvet.
4) While the budget is somewhat flexible, I'd like to keep it within a reasonable range, starting with a cap around $3,000 per person.

I've heard about the allure of the Brooks Range, but I'm open to exploring more affordable options for caribou hunting. If anyone has valuable insights or suggestions, please share your knowledge and help me plan an unforgettable experience for my uncle!

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2024, 02:51:57 PM »
Are you looking for a stationary camp or float type trip?
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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2024, 03:58:49 PM »
Hello everyone! I'm in the early stages of organizing a caribou hunting expedition for my uncle, a seasoned outdoorsman who ignited my passion for nature years ago. I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations or advice on this venture.

I'm specifically interested in the following criteria:
1) A rifle hunt experience.
2) A fly-in or backcountry experience.
3) Targeting caribou that are not in velvet.
4) While the budget is somewhat flexible, I'd like to keep it within a reasonable range, starting with a cap around $3,000 per person.

I've heard about the allure of the Brooks Range, but I'm open to exploring more affordable options for caribou hunting. If anyone has valuable insights or suggestions, please share your knowledge and help me plan an unforgettable experience for my uncle!

Brooks are awesome, early-mid September...but 3k is running pretty tight...I would double your budget before heading up there
So there's no surprises...AK is just expensive and unfortunately money solves problems... so have alot of extra money ! Awesome place tho, cool hunt that seems to be in danger of disappearing

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2024, 04:05:54 PM »
As kenetrek eluded to, I don't think it could physically be done for under 3k. Airfare, tags and licenses, travel logistics, and air taxi. It adds up FAST.
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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2024, 04:25:46 PM »
Gunna have to double your budget
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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2024, 05:06:40 PM »
Are you looking for a stationary camp or float type trip?

I am interested in either! Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2024, 05:08:15 PM »
Does anyone have any recommendations besides the Brooks Range?

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2024, 05:12:28 PM »
Double the budget and start looking at what's even open anymore...AK fish and game as a real user friendly website..
Be ware.
Lots of subsistence driven closures

I have a soft spot for the Brooks and the north slope. If you can get in there late August early September it's an awesome experience.
Start calling any and evey transporter you can find and see where they are hunting and what availability they have..
In general your probably looking 2-3 year's out to get booked.


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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2024, 08:09:13 PM »
What ever your doing and looking at don’t wait. There’s lots of talk of closing caribou to non residents in certain areas.
 https://www.outdoorlife.com/conservation/proposals-to-close-non-resident-caribou-hunting-in-northwest-alaska/


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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2024, 08:49:09 PM »
What ever your doing and looking at don’t wait. There’s lots of talk of closing caribou to non residents in certain areas.
 https://www.outdoorlife.com/conservation/proposals-to-close-non-resident-caribou-hunting-in-northwest-alaska/

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2024, 10:19:55 PM »
$3k isn’t going to get you a bush flight anymore and finding a transporter you might be a couple years out before you can get on somebody’s schedule. I’d like at an airboat drop off up on the slope that’s more budget friendly.


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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2024, 11:41:35 PM »
 Unfortunately what everyone has already said... $3k isn't going to do it...

 About the cheapest you could do is a Haul Rd archery hunt and you MIGHT stick to your cap...

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2024, 08:09:10 PM »
Not all of the airboat operators on the north slope are good. Do some research before you pick a cheap one.
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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2024, 12:36:01 PM »
Yeah!  All of the above!

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2024, 04:58:14 PM »
Oh boy do I miss the “good ole days”.👍

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2024, 06:44:16 PM »
I spent 3k a yr on my caribou hunts living in AK 😜 I would recommend a fly out and float hunt though.
If you shoot the first one you will never get that true trophy.

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2024, 09:50:33 PM »
I live here now and I spent closer to $5k on my moose hunt this year. I kinda splurged though…

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2024, 11:26:55 AM »
 My 1st caribou trip was in 1995 or 96 and I paid $2800 (total trip) back then for a drop camp into Mulchatna... My most expensive trip was 6 years ago,  $15k (diy) but that was counting a raft purchase  :chuckle: and some pretty heavy air time into ANWR

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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2024, 11:07:31 PM »
I've been chatting with these folks a bit for moose.  Not the route we ended up going for our adventure but it could fit into your budget.  Check em out

https://m.facebook.com/people/Blown-Away-Airboat-Adventures/100075145218136/

Pm me if you wanna brain storm ideas.

We are at $4700 each (2 guys) going diy for moose in AK, could go up as things evolve.



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Re: Alaska Caribou Hunt Recommendations
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2024, 04:31:51 AM »
our air taxi was $3k each i think we did it for around $5k when it was all said and done

 


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