5 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Seattle, WA
Joined: 08/29/2007
Posts: 190
Looking for a reasonably priced Caribou hunt

I've never hunted for Caribou before but it's something I have wanted to do for some time now, can anyone tell me of a relatively inexpensive outfit to recommend? I live in Washington state and all the outfitters I have been looking at on the web are around the $6000 price range and I think that's too much money for a hunting trip like this. I Just want to know if anyone has any recommendations on what would be the best route for me to take. I appreciate any info you guys can give me. Thanks

-Elk-aholic

hawkeye270's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Joined: 06/15/2008
Posts: 1862
Aren't we all ha. It is one

Aren't we all ha. It is one of the hunts that I have tossed around going on to after I graduate from college.

Offline
Location: Aleknagik Alaska / Ozello Keys Florida
Joined: 07/05/2004
Posts: 186
So Ya Wanna Caribou Do Ya?

My advice would differ to some degree depending on if you plan on driving of flying to Alaksa.

Before I mention anything, would either of you feel comfortable hunting without a guide? Alaska is no different that anywhere else, it's just a little further north......

It don't have to cost a lot if you have a little time to pre-plan....

Offline
Location: Eastern NE
Joined: 11/20/2010
Posts: 6
Caribou hunt information

ELK-AHOLIC wrote:
I've never hunted for Caribou before but it's something I have wanted to do for some time now, can anyone tell me of a relatively inexpensive outfit to recommend? I live in Washington state and all the outfitters I have been looking at on the web are around the $6000 price range and I think that's too much money for a hunting trip like this. I Just want to know if anyone has any recommendations on what would be the best route for me to take. I appreciate any info you guys can give me. Thanks -Elk-aholic

 

I am in the same situation as you. No chance of affording $6000. I am looking for a reasonable non guided hunt.

 

Bigdogpete

CVC
CVC's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Kansas
Joined: 03/04/2006
Posts: 3586
Some friends of mine did a

Some friends of mine did a DIY caribou hunt in Canada.  They hit the migration and their hunt only took a couple of hours to fill their tags.  I think they drove round trip about forty hours to hunt just a few hours.

I doubt it cost them anywhere close to six grand to hunt so it can be done cheaper.  The thing about caribou hunting from what i understand is timing the migration.  Hit it and it is a great hunt, miss it and it is a dud.

buffybr's picture
Offline
Location: Montana, USA
Joined: 11/15/2007
Posts: 311
DIY caribou hunt

CVC wrote:

Some friends of mine did a DIY caribou hunt in Canada.  They hit the migration and their hunt only took a couple of hours to fill their tags.  I think they drove round trip about forty hours to hunt just a few hours.

I doubt it cost them anywhere close to six grand to hunt so it can be done cheaper.  The thing about caribou hunting from what i understand is timing the migration.  Hit it and it is a great hunt, miss it and it is a dud.

Are your friends Canadian?  It's my understanding that unless you're Canadian, all big game hunting in Canada requires that you have a guide.

Many years ago, some friends and I did a DIY caribou hunt on the Alaska penninsula SW of King Salmon.  We hired a bush pilot to fly us out to an area to hunt.  We all got good bulls.  The trip probably didn't cost us much more than $1,000 each, but it would probably be 3 times that now.

And I experienced what CVC said about the migration both on the DIY Alaskan hunt and years later on a Mountain Caribou hunt in the MacKenzie mountains in the Northwest Territories.

On the Alaskan hunt, we saw caribou everywhere on the first two days.  The next 3 days we hardly saw any.

My hunt in the MacKenzies was a backpack hunt where we were flown out from our fly in base camp.  I also hoped to shoot a wolf so my guide took me to an area that the previous week was full of caribou and his hunters had shot 2 wolves, plus he had seen another big black wolf chasing the caribou.  In four days we saw less than 20 caribou and no wolves.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
DIY cariboundemiter005/04/2011 17:10 pm
Caribou Hunting prices?ELK-AHOLIC201/31/2014 06:50 am
Nunavut caribou migrationAgave007/16/2006 19:41 pm
Nunavut caribou migrationAgave007/16/2006 19:32 pm
First Alaska caribou huntschmittt112/29/2013 18:53 pm