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I'm in the beginning of the planning process for Alaska Caribou. I am considering a drop hunt for me and 2-3 others in Northern Alaska and looking for options. I stumbled on Gothunts.com. Anyone use them for planning a drop hunt? What other options should I consider. I'm looking at non-guided most likely.
hire a transporter to get you off the haul road, they will fly you deeper where there is less pressure
Flying, thanks for the info. I've never stepped foot in Alaska. Do you have any recommendations for transporters?
Arrowhead Outfitters or Brooks Range Aviation
Talk to as many successful hunters as you can... you'll narrow it down to a specific hunt that fits your style and budget. I've done 8 successful hunts this way and will be back in the Alaskan bush this September. Can't wait. Ed F
I would have recommended 40 Mile Air, but since it's very unlikely he'd be able to book with them, I didn't. Maybe Ol Ed can put in a good word for me for 2016 as I'd love to go into that country sometime soon, much closer to home.
We flew with Brooks Range Aviation out of Bettles in 2012. Jay and Judy are salt of the earth.
If you have bowsite, no need to hire a hunt planner for just a drop hunt!
You can also look out of Kotz, with Golden Eagle
Be sure to check bag limits for the area you have in mind. Most of the area near Kotz will be going to a 1 Bou area for NRs. That may matter, considering the cost.
Just be sure you know where they are flying you.
My name is Trevor, and I work with the folks at GotHunts.com... I just wanted to make sure it's clear that any help or advice you get from us is completely free. If your question is about DIY or semi-guided caribou, I would highly recommend talking to Russ Meyer. He is our most accomplished archery hunter as well as the most experienced with that particular hunt. Besides that, he's a really good guy that won't steer you wrong.
Russ' email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and mine is Trevor@gothunts.com incase you'd like to throw any questions my way.