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Outfitter offers two-bull caribou hunt near the Kavik River, Alaska

An outfitter who has done a good job for us on brown bear hunts has decided to start offering guided hunts and drop camps in an area through which both the 100,000-animal Porcupine Herd and the 70,000-animal Central Arctic Herd migrate in August.

There are so many caribou in this area that the state allows non-resident hunters to shoot two caribou. The higher limit is meant to encourage outfitters to spend the extra money to get hunters into these remote areas.

The outfitter is including air charters between Deadhorse and the hunting area. You must pay for the flight between Anchorage and Deadhorse, which is about $750. Food is included -- freeze-dried meals for self-guided hunters and regular cooked meals for guided hunters.

The price is only $3,000 for a seven-day unguided hunt and $6,000 for a seven-day guided hunt. You may hunt with bow or rifle. You must have at least two hunters to book either hunt. You'll stay in a wall tent with cots, and a stove, lantern and fuel are included on the self-guided trips. You'll be limited to 70 pounds of equipment. Extra charter trips to get meat out are $750 round trip and include the transportation of as much as 1,200 pounds of meat. Hunt CU4951

Ptarmigan abound in the area.

Hunt CU4951

Hunt, guide ratio
Price per person
Caribou, drop camp, 7 days
$3,500
Caribou, guided, 7 days
$6,000
Grizzly, 10 days
$8,600
Grizzly and caribou, guided, 10 days
$14,600
Drop camps
Travel
Drop camp hunts do not include guide service. However, they do include the air charter, freeze-dried food, 10x10 tent with stove, lantern and fuel. Be prepared to pack your caribou in quarters to the landing area. We suggest that you take a good quality backpack that distributes weight well.

Fly regular flight from Anchorage to Deadhorse (about $750 a person, a bit less for parties of four or more -- see www.alaskaair.com). Extra meat flights between the hunting area and Deadhorse, if necessary, are not included in the price of the hunt and cost about $750 for as much as 1,200 pounds of meat.

Licenses
Lodging and meals

Caribou and grizzly tags are sold over the counter. Click here for updated prices. Licenses and tags are not included in the price.

10x10 tents with cots, lantern and stove with fuel. Regular cooked meals for guided hunters. Freeze-dried food provided for self-guided hunters.
Dates
Trophy size

Caribou: Aug. 1-31

Grizzly: Aug. 25-31

Most bull caribou are mature animals. Boone and Crockett caribou have come from every herd in Alaska but are not common anywhere. Most bulls are in velvet with antlers grown or nearly grown.
Hunter success
Notes

As is the case with any caribou hunt, you could get unlucky and pick a time when caribou are not moving. However, the outfitter is running these hunts in August because that has historically been the best time.

Temperatures: 15-65 F. You can take two caribou. Bowhunters welcome. No extra charge for wolf or wolverine. Guided hunts end when you've taken your caribou and grizzly. You're limited to 70 pounds of gear. You'll be hunting near the Kavik River, about 55 to 70 miles from Deadhorse. Excellent grayling fishing.