Caribou

ALASKA PENINSULA BARREN GROUND CARIBOU GUIDED $10,200 UNGUIDED $4,500
2020 – 15 HUNTERS 13 BULLS
2019 – 12 HUNTERS 11 BULLS
2018 – 12 HUNTERS 12 BULLS

These caribou are the Alaska Peninsula Herd and even though they constantly are on the move they are not considered migratory. Hunters typically see caribou daily and the hiking is not all that difficult. Hunters are flown into spike camps, consisting of 6-man Cabela Guide tents with cots. He normally takes up to 15 hunters per year.

2020 he had 15 hunters tag 13 bulls and a hunter crippled a bull. 2 bulls should make the book after the 60 day drying period.

2019 caribou numbers were good and 11 of the 12 guided hunters tagged a bull. The unsuccessful hunter really did not like spike camp and opted to stay at the lodge to do some fishing.

In 2018 all 12 guided hunters tagged bulls averaging in the 330 to 350 class, with a couple going over 350 inches.

6 day hunts guided 2×1 starting late September are $10,000 including lodging, meals and one caribou. Fall brown bear hunts take place on odd years, 2021 and 2023, and are $24,000 and a caribou can be added for $5,000.

Once the hunters are tagged out they are flown back to the comfortable main lodge, where they can fish for silver salmon, char and Dolly Varden at $350 per day, spinning gear and equipment will be provided, but fly fishermen must bring their own gear.

Hunters fly into Anchorage and then to Sand Point, approximately $1,000 round trip, where they are met and flown into camp at the outfitters expense. There is a $100 freight charge to fly antlers and cape from Sand Point to Anchorage and the meat is donated to the natives. All licenses and tags are available on-line and should be purchased prior to arrival in camp. Hunt CU781.

This same outfitter also offers UNGUIDED CARIBOU HUNTS for the experienced hunters, requiring a minimum of 2 hunters per party. Price is very reasonable at $4,500 per hunter and includes camp tent, cots and cooking supplies, food is not included on these spike camp hunts. Hunt CUUN781.

NORTHWEST ALASKA CARIBOU GUIDED 2X1 $10,500 UNGUIDED $4,550

This outfitter hunts the Western Arctic Herd of northwest Alaska in September when they come off the northside of the Brooks to their winter range of Kotzebue Sound. Success the past couple years has run from 50 to 90 percent success. That is the problem with migrating caribou, no one knows when they are coming or where they are going including the caribou.

2020 only half the hunters tagged bulls as the caribou migrated into the Kotzebue area and then turned around and left for no apparent reason, probably to return after the season closed.

2019 produced 30 bulls for 30 guided hunters and 6 of the 7 unguided hunters tagged out.

5 day 2×1 guided hunts are $10,500 or unguided hunts, including camping equipment and food are $4,550 per hunter. Season is open in August, but September is normally the best time for seeing more animals. Hunters should bring a pack rod and some spinners for char and grayling fishing.

Hunters fly into Anchorage, overnight, morning fly to Kotzebue, takes about 1 1/2 hours and cost is $400 roundtrip. Outfitter meets you in Kotzebue and flies hunters and guides to the field, normally 100 mile flight on wheeled or float planes. Hunt CU247.

6 DAY ALASKA CARIBOU HUNT $9800 CHARTER FLIGHTS INCLUDED
BOOKED UNTIL 2023

2020 the outfitter determined not to run his hunts with Alaska border crossing being unpredictable.

2019 first hunt 4 hunters killed 1 bull and one grizzly was hit and lost. A few good bulls were passed early on and then the number of animals seen dropped. The second hunt ended with both hunters tagging bulls.

2018 produced 6 bulls for all 6 HCU hunters gross scoring in the 330 to 360 class. 4 grizzlies were seen, but none were taken.

He will take a party of 2 hunters for $9,800 each for 6 hunting days guided 2×1. If a hunter really wants 1×1 the price is $12,800. This outfitter will INCLUDE YOUR CHARTER FLIGHT PRICED AT $2,300 AND THE $800 FEE TO TRANSPORT YOUR CARIBOU BACK TO TOK.

Hunters can book this hunt to include a grizzly on a $4,500 trophy fee and HCU has had several hunters take grizzlies on this hunt. This is a true Alaskan experience, where you will be spike camping on the tundra and hiking during the day with plenty of glassing. Hunters need appropriate gear and be in decent physical condition.

This hunt takes place in late August or early September in Unit 20 where the limit on caribou is one bull per hunter. It is the 40 Mile Herd and according to the biologists is one of, if not, the healthiest herd in Alaska growing 6 to 8 percent per year. The state is also doing a particularly good job on wolf control, which has really enhanced the caribou herd.

Hunters fly to Fairbanks, rent a car to Tok for a 4 hour drive or book a round trip flight to Tok for about $380, license $160, caribou tag $650 and the option on a grizzly tag is $1,000. HCU has worked with this outfitter for over 15 years. Next available opening is in 2023. Hunt CU64.  CU64 Hunt Photos.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES OFFERS WORLD CLASS MOUNTAIN CARIBOU $12,500 9 DAYS 2X1

We work with an outfitter in the Northwest Territories that offers premier mountain caribou hunts. Success generally runs at or near 100 percent on bulls with average gross scores of 360 to 380 Boone and Crockett, with some scoring into the 430’s and typically about 20 percent score over the 390 record book minimum. They normally take 20 to 30 bulls per year, either on straight caribou hunts or as extra animals on the sheep and moose hunts. Hunts require a round trip charter out of Norman Wells priced around $1,700.

9 day backpack hunts guided 2×1 from July 26 to September 19 are priced at $12,500 plus $250 preservation fund and 5 percent tax. He also offers moose on the later caribou hunts for a kill fee of $13,500. Caribou can be taken on a $6,000 trophy fee as add-ons for his sheep and moose hunts. HCU has worked with this outfit for over 15 years. HCU consultants Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have taken moose and caribou with this outfit. Hunt CU250.  CU250 Hunt Photos.

CENTRAL CANADIAN BARREN GROUND CARIBOU
1 CARIBOU $10,550 2 – BULLS $11,850 ALL INCLUSIVE FROM WINNIPEG

This outfitter assists hunts in the Nunavut Territory with local native guides. This is as much of an adventure as it is a caribou hunt in an area seldom traveled or seen by few outsiders. These are pre-migration hunts starting mid August and continue into early September are most predictable and typically have favorable weather conditions for flying from Winnipeg to the arctic. The bulls have velvet this time of the year and the outfitter can run a later September hunt for bulls with clean polished antlers as long as he has a total of 6 hunters.

Price is all inclusive starting from Winnipeg with the flight to Repulse Bay leaving at 6 am. Hunters are guided 2×1 starting off in boats for about 20 miles glassing shoreline and arriving at camp consisting of wall tents. This is a 7 day excursion with 5 hunting days and afterwards hunters are flown back to Winnipeg arriving about 4 pm.

Success typically has been 100 percent even for those wanting a second bull. Fishing is available for Arctic Char and the license is included along with caribou licenses, export permits, taxes, flights from Winnipeg to Nunavut, hotel room in Winnipeg for the night before departing to the arctic and hunters can bring back antlers and cape. Hunt CU281.

NEWFOUNDLAND WOODLAND CARIBOU
$11,200 ARCHERY OR RIFLE

This outfitter offers archery hunts during this special season the last week of August and first week of September just before starting their gun hunts in mid September.

2020 Canada border was closed due to Corona virus pandemic.

2019 produced 12 bulls for 12 hunters, including 6 archers.

In 2018 they had 11 hunters kill 10 bulls, all with archery gear, including some great trophy bulls.

6 day hunt is priced at $11,200 plus 15 percent HST tax and includes your $675 license and airport pickup in Deer Lake. Moose can be added for $6,000. This outfitter has an extremely nice lodge. Limited openings. Hunt CU709.  CU709 Hunt Photos.