Hey guys. Fairly new to the forum. Have been doing a lot of reading on here and have found a lot of wisdom. I'm 22 years old and have lived in the Fairbanks area all my life. I have done most of my hunting via ATV use or on foot, I've done the five mile haul road thing and some other walk in sheep hunts.
I have an uncle who wants to fulfill a life long dream of float hunting for caribou in Alaska. Problem is I have limited experience with float hunting, other than having rafted the upper Chena a couple times. I've picked up a couple books on the subject, Larry's book being one.
I've been batting around the idea of doing a fly in drop off on the upper Ivashak and then floating back down to the Dalton for a take out.
- I need info on a transporter to fly us in, I know Coyote Air is one, is there any others up there?
- How long (estimated days) would it take to float? I know this depend on how far up we're dropped off. Will 6-7 days be long enough?
- What kind of raft should we use?
I'm not totally set of doing the Ivishak, but I've seen pictures of the area and it's so beautiful. I don't want to do the Kotz hunt, as it is probably a little out of the budget and not really the experience we're looking for.
Budget wise we're willing to spend $2500-4000/person. Realizing that my uncle will have to spend a little more just to get here from Oregon and get meat back to Oregon. There will most likely be 4 of us on this trip. Three AK resident (myself, brother and dad) and one out of state (my uncle).