I recently discovered the Outdoors Directory forum and site. There seems to be a wealth of information here, so hopefully some of you would be willing to offer tips for a planned 2011 Caribou hunt in Alaska. My father plans to bring my brother and I to Alaska in 2011 to hunt caribou.
We are aware the caribou hunting in Alaska seems to be in a state of disarray. From what we understand, the Porcupine, Central Arctic and Western Arctic Herds are the only herds us non-residents can hunt. My Father just got back from a Caribou hunt in the ANWR (GMU 25A) and enjoyed it. The problem is that he had planned on a 2-bou limit only to find out a few weeks before the hunt that the limit has been reduced to 1 bull for non-residents. We enjoy hunting quite emensly and are not into the hunt where you fly in with the guide, see how fast you can get an animal and then beat it back home. We would prefer to have the option to take a bou early in the hunt and then spend the rest of the week or 10 days looking for bigger bulls and just enjoying being outside. Of course, having the option of a 2nd animal such as moose on a trophy fee basis, would be fine as well. It just seems things get really expensive after bou!
We want a fly in wilderness hunt. We do not want to stay in a fancy lodge or even a cabin and we want to be in an area where we have things to ourselves. We are not against having just one guide as we are willing and able to help with camp chores and pack meat. We are comfortable with two of us hunting together while the other one hunts with the guide and then trade around. A plus would be fishing and maybe even other game on a trophy fee basis depending on the cost. Our ages are 56, 37, & 29. My father has hunted in Alaska several times but neither my brother or I have. We all hunt whitetail here in Indiana. Do you have any recommendations?
Are there any GOOD caribou hunts anywhere that allow non-residents to harvest 2-bulls or more? We would like a central arctic hunt also for the simple fact that the weather is generally nicer than in zone 26 or 23. However, if there are better options, we are all ears! We would also appreciate hearing about any highly recommended outfitters. If there are those you would not recommend, feel free to email me as well.
Thanks in advance for your advice and help!