Our DIY Caribou hunts are by far our most popular hunts …. This Season was a crazy beautiful, full of excitement, had some challenges with weather - but boy, our hunters pulled through and nailed it this season! 100% of our Camps were put into the Caribou (meaning they saw them and/or shot them) – every year, we have one or two guys/groups which either don’t shoot because they were looking for something specific OR we have the guys that are not in the physical shape to be able to walk out and go hunting - but are enjoying the Arctic Adventure with their kids/Grandkids. 2019 in Review for success rate for the Alaska Unguided Caribou Hunts (aka Alaska DIY Caribou hunts) was 91% and 89% for our Guided Caribou Hunts in 2019 & 90% Unguided / 93% Guided in 2018. Over the last 20 years, we have been in the high 80’s to 90th percentile for our Unguided Do It Yourself Caribou Hunting.
The Game Management Units we hunt are primarily GMU #23 and sometimes go into #26 in the early part of the season for Alaska Caribou Hunting. We follow the migration of the herd and place our camps in the migration pattern of the herd. We are the ONLY transporter in the area who is utilizing both wheeled and float planes to be able to access the areas the animals are in. Between the equipment we use and our history in the area, it puts us at a distinct advantage. Now, that’s not to say that this isn’t HUNTING – I will tell you this is HUNTING. You will be challenged and provided with an amazing Alaskan experience, but you have to be willing to put the work in as well. We place our hunters on Gravel Bars, Rivers, Streams or Lakes which are located South of the Brooks Range (DeLong Mountains) …. Where the animals were filter down out of the hills. Most of our hunters will see 100’s of animals daily (sometimes even more than that) - but they may not be walking right through your camp. This is where we tell you, you guys need to be willing to put in the work to get your animals.
In our unit, you can take one (1) Bull per person. We suggest you take in a Wolf Tag as well on this hunt, as anytime there are Caribou around, the Wolves aren’t far away either. We will gladly haul out a wolf for you at no additional cost. With your hunting license, you can also hunt Ptarmigan (bird), Red Fox and Arctic Fox (depending on the dates you’re in the field). If you’re into fishing at all, you guys can fish for Arctic Char, Grayling and if you’re on the lakes you can fish for Lake Trout …. Had some really amazing fish stories come out this year on the Lake Trout success.
During that time of year, you’ll often experience the Northern Lights as well – if we have the typical 30 – 40 degree weather. The cooler weather also brings the migration of the herd and clears out the bugs that our State is so well known for. Our hunts are 100% driven by weather and the migration of the animals…. So if it’s been hot or is hot out in the field (50’s – 60’s) the animals are no different than those down in the Lower 48 – they will lay down and stop migrating, or even turn around and go back to the North to try and get cooler. If the weather is cold and does what it has done for years and years, it gets cold and triggers the migration and the Caribou move South for the Winter. That’s where our hunt season is aligned and works with the migration the best.
Both our Guided Caribou Hunting and our Alaska Unguided Caribou Hunting success was through the roof this season. We are very proud to be able to say our hunters put in the work and came out with nice animals.
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Although we are always proud of our DIY Caribou Hunters and like to brag about them, we also love to talk Guided Hunt Successes too! You can find more about our Guided Arctic Grizzly Hunts (Alaska Arctic Grizzly/Caribou Combo Hunts) & Alaska Peninsula Brown Bear Hunts by clicking below: