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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

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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.

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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....

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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