I am putting together a hunt for a group of friends. We are looking to hunt up in the Brooks Range Region, very possibly 26B, C or 25 A GMUs. Target species will primarily be caribou, possibly other opportunities depending on GMU specifics and regs...wolf/bear, etc. I have been doing quite a bit of reading, and it does help narrow things down quite a bit. Group size is going to be in the neighborhood of 5-8 hunters. Most middle aged, reasonably fit or will be prior to arrival, motivated, experienced hunters with good woodsmanship and outdoor living experience. Most of us have hunted different species, not just the lower 48 deer camp guys I am sure hit you fellas and ladies up for advise. We are all quite content and comfortable operating in desolate areas and around apex predators. That being said, here are some specifics I can identify beyond the above mentioned.
We are looking at 2018, August/Sept.
Going to need an air taxi/charter for the above mentioned units.
Stay afield we are estimating at 7 days in country, probably two days on the front side and back for cushion and wrap up.
Mixed group...archery/firearms hunting.
May elect to rent camp equipment, due to expense coming from the lower 48.
We have an approximate per man budget for the total trip and have an idea of what we can afford for air taxi services...
We are not interested in guides, drop camp serviced via air taxi.
Will require a meat run/antler pickup mid week, I am going to assume moderate to good success.
Not ruling out a possibility to have a guy or two trying to get a moose, if it can be accomodated...thus why we have included 25A GMU...if it's doable.
I have been in contact with Arrowhead Outfitters some, and so far I am happy with the response and what we have seen. However, I am struggling to find others whom operate in the same vicinity to compare service rates and services. I also am having an issue finding anyone who specifically operates in 25A.
Is it reasonable or feasable to have a moose hunt ongoing, concurrent with succesful caribou hunting....say unit 25A? Trying to keep everyone happy and ensure a hunter or two will throw in with the party, and everyone have a good chance at succes.
Of course we are looking for good animals, but mature representative animals in good shape in good numbers are more important than specifically looking for 'book' animals. Most of us in the group, this will be our first trip to Alaska, looking for a quality experience and trying to match and temper that with reasonable expectations.
Thank you for your time.