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Discussion in 'How To Hunt Big Game' started by Jktm, Feb 8, 2016.
Looking for a unguided caribou hunt anyone been on one any recommendations ?
hello,hunting caribou is a different ball game.since I think u mean in North America.Canada (nf,qb,ont.,Manitoba,etc.)require a guide by Canadian rules for aliens.I hunted northwest terr. in 1999=2001.outfitter,guide was cheaper there for 8day hunt than anywhere else@ that time.greatest hunts I've been on.anyway that leaves Alaska where u can DIY.but u need air trans.to best areas &herds.I would bet u can't do it for less than 6k+ thede days.good luck! dcaribouski.
Went in 2011 NOT unguided. It was expensive, but worth the cost. The logistics are amazing. If it moves in or out of camp it comes in by plane,
See write-up: http://www.longrangehunting.com/forums/f82/my-caribou-hunt-not-long-range-78298/
Western Arctic Herd out of Kotzebue Alaska, Dalton Highway archery hunt near Prudhoe Bay Alaska, 40 Mile Herd out of Fairbanks or Tok Alaska. Be prepared to pay for a flight to get into the best areas. From personal experience, if it can be reached by for or 4 wheels, it'll be crowded. Flying in is your best choice for an unbelievable hunt.
Just this last September we floated the Sag River, it took us out about 2 miles and the rest we hiked in. On the way back k we floated out the whole way, we packed in our raft upstream with us. Didn't get a caribou, but the best hunt I have been on.
When trying to decide which trip to take in Quebec, we came to the same conclusion. If you can drive to a location so can others. So what you have is a road hunt with dozens of other people competing for the same animals. That's why we chose to fly to a remote camp.
i have hunted caribou in alaska a few times up the haul road then put in a jet boat just past pump station #2 around 45 miles south of dead horse. run up the sag then get into the ivishak then run it a few miles to set up a camp. the from base camp take the boat out each day looking for caribou. the haul road has a no rifle hunting which is 5 miles on each side of the road . archery i think is ok just a 1/4 mile from the road but i would check that to be sure. we hit it the last week of aug to the 1st week of sept. this river goes up and down very fast there so jet boating it can be very tricky from 1 yr to the next. there is a fly out service on the north slope [ happy valley i think ] and this is always a good option . we have always done well up there but some yrs we had to really work at it
hope this helps
Years ago a short flight out in Alaska to the Mulchatna area, would have been all you needed to shoot a monster, but after the air taxis got done hauling 3/5000 hunters into that herd for 10 years, sadly that has all gone the way of the DoDo bird........ we used to see Thousands coming thru.......
Had nothing to do with the number of hunters. Fish & Game wanted to kill even more by hunting. That herd ate itself out of house and home.
To hunt most of Canada you must either be Outfitted and guided or have dealings with a hotel, camp or such that will sign the paper so you can buy a license.
I have Caribou hunted Quebec 2 times. 1991 Sept 8-14 flew Montreal to Scheffervile and Otter 200 miles NW with Delay River (Out of Bussiness) Bow hunted but borrowed a rifle for one bull to keep the camp percentage up.
2007 Sept 3 to 11 Flew Montreal to Caniapiscau and Otter to camp. We had to hunt just the local Caribou Herd. It snowed about 2 to 3 inches our 4th day. The last day only 4 animals was down, 1 decent bull. The last morning going from the Bunk House to the kitchen we saw 4 groups of about 30 animals crossing the lake. By 10 am we had 8 animals down. I got a 50' spread bull, His Bez and shovel has few points. Looked better, but when the velvet came off it was not as good as I expected.
In 1991 the morning of the Sept. 14th about half the bulls had stripped their velvet.
If I ever go back to Boo hunt I want to go about the 20th of Sept. so the bulls will have their antlers stripped/hardened and you can better judge as a trophy.
Be prepared for delays from weather in the north. Good Luck on your plans.
yes i found the same like 3rd week of Sept.on.weather still cool(30-60)drg.animals see to move more toward Oct. as u go.read caribou closed season for next 2 yrs.(18-19) in one providence.