Greetings. I've been reading this forum for some time now, and recently joined to solicit advice about an unguided Caribou hunt I am planning with a few friends/brother in September 2012. This will be our 1st Caribou hunt...we've hunted deer on POW going on +20 years...Mule Deer in the western states long before that...
After reading through all the posts, recommendations...I have come to an early conclusion the best location is the Northern Brooks Range...either flying out of Happy Valley or out of DeadHorse/Prudhoe Bay...in Sept.
At first I thought we could rent a vehicle in Fairbanks...rent camp gear...buy food and drive up. The cost, etc. of renting a big enough vehicle....renting gear, buying food seems impossible. ....so it seems the better solution is to let the Transporter/Outfitter rent us the camp gear and we buy food supplies down here in the lower 48, and ship them up a few weeks before our scheduled trip.
I have contacted a few of the more recommended transporters/outfitters...all seem agreeable...and reasonable in costs...all fly out of Happy Valley or DeadHorse.
Any and all recommendations & suggestions are welcome...the big question on my mind now is whether there is an advantage to flying out of Happy Valley or out of DeadHorse to get to the best camp/hunt locations.
We know about Alaska weather...we know we have to be lucky with the migration...luck all the way. I am the guy 3 other guys will slam if things go south...so I want to try and cover all the bases...and experience is the best teacher.
I haven't filled out my profile as yet...fair to say...hunting is what I live for...both my brothers and I. We want this Caribou hunt to be special. Our father's last deer hunt was a few years back on POW at age 88...hunting was his gift to us. My father was a WWII Navy - Submariner...bronze star...his 1st Submarine S-27 ran aground off the Aleutian Islands near Amchitka and crew stranded ashore...all hands survived...great story. My brother and I are old Army Vets...one of us is Vietnam Vet...too long ago to remember which one. My son is the best US Marine, Iraq Vet, decorated...I am one lucky man.