DIY Caribou 2013

Discussion in 'Alaska Flyway Forum' started by Drathaar, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Drathaar

    Drathaar Senior Refuge Member

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    Wife has expressed interest in Caribou hunting next year. How hard is it to do on your own. I'm guessing we'll have to get someone to fly us out to the migration and come back for us a few days later. We're OK be self-sufficient (I think). Any suggestions/reccomendations? Thanks, Trent
     
  2. AK Dux

    AK Dux Elite Refuge Member

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    Are you hunting rifle or bow? If bow, you can hunt off the Haul Road. With rifle you have to be 5 miles off the road, but that is a hard hike, epsecially coming back carrying bou.
    THere's a camp at an old airstrip off the Kandik River that you can fly to from Happy Valley (off the Haul Road).
     
  3. Drathaar

    Drathaar Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks. Will need a place we can fly to. Don't think she would sign up for the five mile walks in and out.
     
  4. Ray

    Ray Senior Refuge Member

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    Fly out to the migration......good luck

    70 North flys out of Happy Valley and can fill you in on hunt planning. They have several areas they can drop you into and still be able to pick you up with the meat load. You can do a drop hunt, which limits your hunt area. Or you can do a drop off and float hunt. You can float back to the road or float out to a spot to be picked up again depending on the river.

    The issue for flying out is that they book their days way in advance. Due to the OTC permits for sheep in the Brooks they get slammed come the day they open their bookings in January.

    There are other flight services that work out of Happy Valley or Coldfoot. Coyote Air works out of Coldfoot and is a top notch operation serving the southern Brooks all the way over to ANWR.

    There also is a guy running airboats up one of the rivers dropping hunters off outside the 5mile Dalton corridoor. Folks park at one of the "boat ramps" next to the road and get a ride up river. Some float down, others get picked up at their camp spot.

    The one issue with going north for a hunt is that you end up flying to Fairbanks and then driving up in a rental. The rental companies at the airport forbid you to drive their cars on the Dalton, so you will have to find a rig from someplace else off the airport.

    The other option is to fly to Kotzebue on AK Air and then be flown out from there for either a drop hunt or a float hunt. Hundreds of other L48 hunters do this as it saves the drive and they use air miles for nearly all their flying.

    For detailed hunt research go to the Alaska Outdoors Directory and review the hundreds of threads on DIY non-res hunting.

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/forum.php

    Why the "good luck" on getting in front of the migration? Because that is a Disney Fantasy for the most part. During the time of year that air charters operate off runway the caribou are in small groups wandering all over the place with no real direction heading. They start "migrating" when it starts turning bad and they will start grouping up and heading east by southeast to get ahead of winter. The air charters have stopped operating off runway by then due to the danger of trying to land on gravel bars with snow, ice or overflow. There is not a caribou on this planet worth a $100,000+ plane and the pilot's life.....or yours.
     

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