Hunt #1103 Alaska Semi-Guided Caribou River Float Trip
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Hunt ID: AK-1103
About the Outfitter:
Booked through 2022. 2023 has 5 spots left early August. 2024 wide open.
In Alaska’s roadless bush country there are no roads, but there are rivers. Some deep and some shallow, so like a plane they use a propeller, but instead of on an expensive high maintenance airplane it is on a boat, an airboat to be exact, like you have seen used extensively in the Florida to skim over the water in the everglades. Now these have been taken to Alaska and modified to match the Alaska temperatures and weather. With the states extreme moisture levels, providing many river systems throughout the brush country, you can travel easily, with affordability of ½ the cost of an Airplane.
The biggest problem is that with it fitting into many more hunters’ budget at 50% of the cost, availability is difficult to provide without a 1 year advance reservation.
Covid-19 is not an issue, because is the desolate country where the caribou population is high, the people populations is extremely low. Simply put you cannot catch it if there is no-one there to give it to you.
Our Airboat is a fantastic experience using the river system roads and corridors through the back country. While you are out there you will see caribou, moose, grizzly, black bear, wolves, and wolverine (depending on the hunt you are on and its location, bears, wolves, and wolverines have never been a problem. ) Our hunters bring home a great trophy and a ton of pictures. But the most important thing you will bring home is the memories of what will likely be the great hunting adventure of your life.
Outside of the season we work with authorities to monitor the caribou herds and are the first to know that the herd continues to grow every year. We use our efforts to not just know the caribou populations but to continue to locate the highest populations in the state of Alaska. This is important in today’s world of Canada caribou herd facing a never seen before decline of the number in each herd, and the hunt prices increasing every year. In Alaska, the whole caribou herd that Aleutian Island Chain herd is extinct because of catching the famous Hoof and Mouth disease that cattle ranchers deal with every year. The caribou had no immunities to the foreign diseases brought to them, and it completely wiped out the whole caribou herd.
Our recommendation is to rent drop camp equipment from us so that it will be on the ground in Prudhoe Bay waiting for you when you arrive. If you would like to rent equipment, please let us know, please keep combined weight (gear and camp) to 170 pounds.
Just to note we are not hunting guides which breaks us out of the guide rules and lowers our prices substantially for you. We cannot escort you into or out of the field, assist with field dressing of animal or movement of an animal to the pickup point (rivers edge). We cannot advise you on where to hunt while in the field.
Air cargo flies out of Prudhoe Bay. They have large freezers and shipping boxes that you can purchase to ship your meat. They also have packing material needed to ship the skull and antlers to whatever taxidermist you decide. Prices depend on weight and box sizes.
Tagging out early is not a problem, so when that happened, we can be contacted and if time and river conditions allow it, we will make the extra trip to take out the meat early. This is usually started by you with a message through InReach message letting us know you harvested a Caribou, and you would like it picked up. If time allows and river conditions are safe for an additional run, we will try to get the meat. Keep in mind that the hunter has the burden of meat care. As a rule, we do not recommend satellite phones, because of the cost. But if you do have one, we use Garmin InReach to communicate. We ask that you buy or rent an InReach that will ensure that you can communicate with us. Even though some Satellite phones can text message not all will connect and communicate with InReach.
Though bears have never been an issue it does not mean it is not a possibility. We have never had any issues with bears. You will see bears in the distance, but I can assure you that they are as afraid of you as you are of them. We have never had bears come into camp even with meat in camp. Just because bears have not been an issue in the past does not mean that they cannot become one. Please educate yourself on grizzly bear and understand how to react if you should walk up on one or be approached.
Fly with rifles in a hard case that get checked. Search flight prices for Alaska Air from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay. Air Taxi's cost a lot more. When you get to on the Airboat you will be required to remove rifles from the hard cases and put them in your soft cases to save room on the airboat. The hard cases and any items you bring with you that you will not need in the field can remain in our locked storage containers until you return from your hunt.
Prudhoe Bay Alaska
Guided to a drop camp via airboat on the river. DIY hunting from camp.
Species & Recommended Seasons:
Barren Ground Caribou. We have a long migration that we start to see an increased number of caribou around the end of the 1st week of August and they continue through the hunting season. What we have seen in the past is that the bigger numbers tend to move through around the second to the fourth week of August into September. Caribou are also starting to drop their velvet at the end of August and are typically hard horned by the 1st week of September.
Hunting License and Harvest Tag can be purchased and printed from your computer. Plan on doing this before you leave for Alaska. Locking tags are mailed to you and takes approximately 6 weeks to be delivered. Tags can also be picked up at Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks Alaska, when you are there during your trip.
Lay of the Land:
There is a 70 pounds weight limit for your drybag and frame pack (combined). There is also a 70 pound weight limit for the cooler that is going into camp. There is no weight limit for your weapon, clothes/gear you are wearing. It is not the type of area that you just "start walking”. The land is relatively flat, but your first mission is to find the highest local ground where you can see for miles and miles in every direction. Your airboat guide can provide you with some pointers. There you can spot the biggest herds of Caribou, before you even step a foot in their direction. They are constantly walking so you must “lead them a little”, so that you attack at the front of the heard instead of the back. The ground goes from hard pack, to muskeg depending on the habitat that the caribou are migrating through during your hunt. Once you leave the airboat it becomes basically a DIY hunt. It is “Visual” hunting. A good pair of binoculars, and possibly a spotting scope, in a backpack are essential tools along with good hiking boots are key.
2 to 4 per camp and non-hunters allowed. Multiple camps available.
Mode of Travel:
Airboat down river and on foot from your drop camp. The feeling you will get when you arrive on that gravel river bar, on the North Slope, in the middle of the Arctic wilderness is like nothing you have ever experienced. The air is crisp; the mountains look so clear, that you could touch them, yet so big as to inspire pictures and feelings.
Dates & Travel:
Hunting Trips are from August 1st to September 15th. *All hunters will be off the ground by 15 September.
All flights into Prudhoe Bay must arrive on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with flights departing the following Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
We recommend that you arrive in Prudhoe Bay from Fairbanks or Anchorage the day before the start of your hunt, but it is not required. Plan to leave the day after your scheduled dates, we cannot guarantee that you will make your flight if scheduled for the same day you come out of the field. Flights can be weather dependent in Alaska, and more so the smaller the plane that you are flying in. If you arrive early you will not be picked up to go out to your drop camp until your scheduled arrival day for your hunt. Plan accordingly with the hotel for pickup from the airport.
For those that will make the effort and get out of their tent and hunt, success has been 99%. Staying in your tent and waiting for a caribou to come to you is much lower but possible.
Low impact meaning easier hiking than most hunts.
8 day / 7 night (DIY) self-guided caribou non-resident hunts $3,495/person, non-hunters $1,995/person
Unlimited fishing for great arctic char, dolly varden, and arctic grayling included.
- Transportation via vehicle from the airport or camp in Prudhoe Bay and boat launch
- Transportation via airboat to drop campsites.
- You may request one move during the hunt (weather and time dependent)
- Transportation of your caribou (meat and rack) from riverside pickup point to the airport.
- No charge for any fish or ptarmigan harvested.
- Assistance to ensure meat and trophy gets shipped appropriately.
What’s Not Included:
- Hunting Licenses
- Transportation to Prudhoe Bay Alaska
- Drop Camp Equipment. You can bring your own equipment or rent the gear for $500. Weight limit applies to camp gear.
- You will need to plan on packing your caribou meat and antlers out of the field to the rivers’ edge pickup point. Most hunters bone out the caribou on the spot and only pack out what they need to.
- If you need an additional tent they are only $150 for the time you are hunting. We prefer to know that you want one as far in advance as possible so we can plan appropriately.
- Communication equipment in the field
- Your Weapons/fishing gear are not included in the gear weight.
- You can bring one 130-quart cooler on the boat to camp (no more than one), additional coolers can be stored at the boat launch. Cooler with food and drinks not included in gear weight by group. We want you to be comfortable during your hunt but have weight limits to deal with on the airboat.
- Accommodations not at camp (if you come in early and for after your hunt)
- There are multiple camps in Prudhoe Bay the camp we recommend is the Brooks Camp. It is a new camp that is well kept and directly across from the general store. The price is good, and the manager will work with us.
- The recommended hotel close to the airport in Fairbanks is Sophie Station Suites if you decide to stop in Fairbanks before catching another flight out up to Prudhoe Bay or decide to drive up.
- There is a General Store in Prudhoe Bay that carries odds and ends but it is pricey. There is no alcohol sold in Prudhoe Bay = BUO.
- Game processing
Use the Outfitter Request Form to check on availability, ask questions or book it. Or call us using the phone number at the top of this page.
Disclaimer: All prices are per person unless otherwise noted. No additional fees for booking, the price is the price except for NM adds sales tax. Unless otherwise noted price is per person, no licenses/tags included, game processing and taxidermy costs extra. There is no guarantee in hunting. Availability and prices subject to change by the outfitter or landowner and they have the last word. If there is a discrepancy between our posted price and what they say it is then we do our best to negotiate for you but offer no guarantee. We do our best to audit them making sure what they say they offer they actually do by visiting them or going on hunts we pay for. No refunds for early tag out. No guarantee on filling hunting licenses.