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  • DIY Fly-in Caribou Hunt Alone?

    Hello Alaska Hunters,

    I know this idea will stir the pot, but I'm interested in a "do it myself" fly-in caribou hunt with one of the Alaskan aircraft charter companies. The cost of flying my own airplane up from Idaho with insurance, aviation fuel is too expensive. Actually, I perfer to hunt by myself, and hunt elk, deer, bear, and coyotes by myself all the time here in North Idaho.

    For safety I'd have an iridium sat phone. I was just wondering if the 135 backcountry charter guys like 40-Mile, and Circle Air allowed solo hunters?
    Anyway just a thought. I'll be up in Delt Junction next week doing some helicopter flying for work, and I'll get their take on it too.

    Thanks,

    James
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    • #3
      I don't know about Circle Air, but I heard a rumor last fall that Frenchy wasn't flying anymore. I know Coyote Air was flying some of clients last fall.

      I have flown with 40 Mile and I don't think they will put in solo hunters. Leif and Randy fly their cubs in pairs. But you can call them and ask, they book up fast so I would not wait long.

      Mike at 70 degree north who operates from Happy Valley will fly you into the Brooks Range and I'm pretty sure he will put in single hunters at least I have seen him do it in the past. Again good charter book fast and if you want any choice in location or time you had better get something on the books.

      Good luck

      Steve
      "I refuse to let the things I can't do stop me from doing the things I can"

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      • #4
        Fly with Mike McCrary, SeventyNorth, up in Happy Valley....operations@seventynorth.com
        Tell him of your experience, and about your sat phone. Work fast as charters are booking now, now, now for the summer/fall.
        Enjoy the soul searching solitude of a sole hunt.
        Dennis
        Imagine (It's easy if you try)
        …miles and miles of mountains…wide expanses of tundra...remote wild waters…
        (Whisper words of wisdom) Let It Be

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        • #5
          That is a hunt I to would do solo.Good luck.

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          • #6
            I bet it's pretty common for an outfit like 40 mile to have cancellations. Maybe you can get your name on a list and if a group has a cancellation, you can get in.
            I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
            I have less friends now!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by martentrapper View Post
              I bet it's pretty common for an outfit like 40 mile to have cancellations. Maybe you can get your name on a list and if a group has a cancellation, you can get in.
              Anything can happen, but 40 mile ask for half when you make a deposit and their refund policy sure don't allow for much wiggle room short of death.

              Steve
              "I refuse to let the things I can't do stop me from doing the things I can"

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              • #8
                I can tell you that 40 Mile is booked solid at the moment, and there are probably a few people on the waiting list.

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                • #9
                  Mike at 70 degree's North great guy always treated me good.

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                  • #10
                    >>>I'm interested in a "do it myself" fly-in caribou hunt
                    If I can do it, you can do it also, Bettles Air used to take also solo hunters

                    >>>For safety I'd have an iridium sat phone
                    Carry the phone all the time with you, don't leave it to camp

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                    • #11
                      I second Mike he has always done good for us....

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