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Combo with Sitka blacktail deer

Bargain self-guided Alaskan barren ground caribou hunt

We have arranged for a special trip for Hunts.Net customers to hunt caribou at a great price this fall, and you can kill three buck Sitka deer as well.

You will be hunting two different areas on this trip. The deer hunting is best in rocky, brushy, steep areas that are near a fly-in lodge, and the caribou hunting takes place in a relatively flat area that is about 40 by 30 miles in size and accessible only by float planes that can land on lakes.

Hunting success has been virtually 100 percent on both bucks and caribou. Hunters report seeing many Boone and Crockett caliber bucks, sometimes every day, and there are many caribou with impressive antlers.

You'll start off hunting deer for two to three days out of the lodge, where you'll enjoy eating meals that are provided by a cook. The lodge transports you daily to prime deer hunting areas. In the evenings, you can take a hot shower and watch satellite TV, and you'll sleep in a regular bed in a clean room. After one to four days of hunting deer, you'll fly by chartered floatplane to a lake in the caribou country, where you'll put up a tent and wait till the next morning to begin hunting. You'll hunt caribou for one to five days, and then you'll finish up your trip at the deer hunting lodge. Our price includes five nights in the lodge. Extra nights are available at an extra fee.

You will camp during the caribou part of your trip. You have two choices: 1) bring your own tents, sleeping bag and pad, cooking utensils, etc., or 2) rent a set of camping gear that is owned by Hunts.Net and stored in a building at the lodge. The latter choice is easier because you won't have to pay extra baggage fees to get it to and from Alaska, and you won't have to carry it through airports. Keep in mind that you might have two or more flights to get to Anchorage, and then you'll have two flights between Anchorage and the lodge, and you might need to pay extra baggage fees, which average more than $1 per pound, on each leg of your flight. You might need to pay extra baggage fees to get your meat home anyway, and you'll need to save as much space and luggage weight as possible to reduce the cost of getting your meat home.

To hunt either deer or caribou, you still need to take your personal items and hunting gear, clothing, a backpack to carry meat, a cooler to carry your meat home, and enough freeze-dried meals for the days you'll be chasing caribou. We suggest that you take a couple of small LED flashlights and an LED headlight with extra batteries as well as a water filtration pump.

Depending on the weather and timing, fishing can be superb for steelhead or salmon. You also may kill as many as two foxes, which are susceptible to calling. There are no black bears in the area, but there are lots of brown bears. Brownies have caused no problems so far for hunters staying overnight on the tundra, but we suggest that bowhunters keep a gun in camp just in case a bear decides to make an exception.

Your deer hunting days start with a breakfast in the lodge, then you're boated to a prime buck area, where you'll hunt all day and be picked up in the late afternoon. Then you'll eat meals at the lodge, watch satellite TV, take a hot shower, and sleep in a bed in a heated room.

The deer hunting is best in late October, November and December, while the caribou hunting is best in late September and October. If you want to combine caribou with deer in September or August, you'll need to plan to hike above timberline, and that will take two to four hours if you're in excellent shape. Only hunters in superb hiking condition and who are experienced in dealing with backpack hunting should consider an early-season deer hunt. In October the deer start moving lower, where they are more accessible, and you do not need to be in great shape to fill your buck tags. November is sometimes too late to land floatplanes in the tundra area because the lakes start to freeze over, but the buck hunting becomes phenomenal in November and continues through the end of the year.

Hunt CU4960

Hunt Price per person
2-location 6- to 10-day hunt
(no more than 5 nights in lodge)
$2,950*
*Prices are subject to change and are based on current rates for float planes and other transportation. You must have a minimum of four hunters in your party. Extra nights in the lodge are currently $400.
Travel Dates
To reach the lodge from Anchorage costs about $700 round trip, and that includes to flights in each direction. You're limited to 50 pounds of luggage. Extra baggage is $1.65 a pound one way. Transportation between the lodge and deer hunting areas and between the lodge and caribou hunting areas is included in the hunt price. If you kill deer during the caribou portion of your trip, you might need to charter an extra flight at your expense to transport the meat. October is best for combo deer and caribou hunting. You can hunt caribou beginning Aug. 10, but deer hunting is physically difficult in August and September because the bucks are in the high country, which takes a hunter in superb shape two to four hours to reach. Deer hunting is best in November and December, but lakes in the caribou area can freeze, making floatplane landings impossible.
Hunter success Trophy size
Virtually 100% on both caribou and deer. Most caribou hunters score in one day, but we suggest that you schedule two to four days of caribou hunting. Deer trophy size is superb with a good chance of seeing B&C class bucks and lots of SCI bucks. These caribou are not eligible for record-book listing because they descended from a domestic herd that was brought in many years ago to provide food for a nearby village, but many have exceptional antlers.
Licenses and tags Lodging/meals
Over the counter tags. They are not included in the price of the hunt. Click here for the latest prices. As this was written, deer tags were $150 and a caribou tag was $325 with a hunting license at $85 and a seven-day fishing license at $55. In the deer area you'll stay in a lodge with central heat, hot water, satellite TV, and meals are provided. No lodging or meals are included for the caribou hunting portion of your own. We suggest renting a set of camping gear that is owned by Hunts.Net and stored at the lodge. Bring enough freeze-dried meals for the days you plan to hunt caribou.
Hunting method Area
Spot and stalk hunting. Bowhunters who are skilled at stalking in relatively open country can do well. About 90 minutes flying time from Anchorage. Caribou area is a 40x30 mile rectangle where caribou do not migrate.
Not included Notes
Hunting and fishing licenses and tags, butcher or taxidermy fees, any taxes and tips to cook. You'll also need camping gear for the caribou hunting portion of your trip. You can rent a set of camping gear owned by Hunts.Net and stored at the deer hunting lodge. See below. Salmon fishing is best in August and September but good through December. Salmon usually weigh five to 10 pounds. Fishing gear is provided, but you'll need a fishing license.

If you put together a group of eight or more hunters, the organizer gets 50% off.

Camping gear
You do not need camping gear for the deer hunting portion of your trip, which is based out of the lodge, and bedding is provided there. But you will need it for caribou hunting.

You have two choices: 1) bring your own tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils, etc., or 2) rent a set of Hunts.Net-owned camping gear for $250 per person.

The camping gear packet is adequate for a party of four to six hunters and is stored at the lodge. Included are the following: two good quality four-man tents, a warm, long sleeping bag and a sleeping bag for each hunter, a gas camp stove, cooking and eating utensils, a canvas tarp, a water jug and two fuel containers.

You are responsible to replace anything that is damaged or lost. A $200 deposit per hunting party is required and will be returned at the end of your hunt if all of the equipment is returned in proper condition. Not included: water purification pump and camp lanterns. Boil your water or bring your own pump. Each hunter should have a headlamp and flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.