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    Question What is going on with the Alaska Caribou Herd????????????????

    Are ANY of the caribou herds in Alaska doing well or on the increase? I was also wondering which caribou units are having the most trouble and which units have been doing good as of late. I'm thinking about doina a caribou hunt in 08. Thanks for the help

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    Default Getting Late...

    If you're just starting to THINK about a bou hunt in 08, you may want to wait until 2009. The Western Arctic caribou herd would be your best bet in 2008, but most of the charters and accommodations are likely booked up by this point. I could be wrong, but it's getting late in the game to just be starting the process....

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    Caribou are cyclic...I don't think any of the herds are in real trouble.

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    Thumbs up WACH out of Kotzebue

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    Thumbs up Hey Walt...

    Hey Walt,
    Just wanted to chime in and tell you what a great trip we had in 2006 on the Kugururok River. Thanks for all you did. We had a blast!
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    Smile alaska caribou hunt

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    the 600,000 caribou is one for every square mile in the state! It is thriving. You dont want a repeat of Mulchatna. The Mulchatna herd crashed because it got too big for the number of hunters that could afford to fly in and shoot their five caribou. Dont postpone an Alaska trip because there are plenty of caribou. Dont worry about herd dynamics cause the cause of the crash was under harvest.
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    IMO it is not to late to plan a fall hunt for caribou, there are lots of air charter operators out there that will have room to drop off hunters. Just do a little searching and you'll find them.

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    The 40 Mile herd is a good one, as is the Porcipine herd in ANWR. The herd on Alaska's North Slope is well and growing. The Malchatnia and Delta herds is the only ones currently in decline. The Malchatnia herd got too big for their area and over grazed, hence a crash. The Delta herd is declining due to lack of preditor control. Wolves and Bears are taking all the calves.

    If you check with 40 mile air, or some of the other air services they can get you into the areas for a self guided hunt. If you need a guide, I would recommend Virgil Umpahnour, (907) 456-3885/(907) 456-3889 Fax or you can e-mail him at akhuntptialaska.net

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    F&G has upped the quota for the middle zone of the 40-mile herd last year. That area can be reached by plane, or boat up the Salcha river.
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