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Bowsite Hunt, 2019 AK DIY Caribou Hunt?
Caribou
Contributors to this thread:
Russell 31-Jan-18
caribou77 31-Jan-18
Trial153 31-Jan-18
Russell 31-Jan-18
greg simon 31-Jan-18
buzz mc 31-Jan-18
LKH 31-Jan-18
trackman 31-Jan-18
Russell 31-Jan-18
HUNT MAN 31-Jan-18
md5252 31-Jan-18
Russell 01-Feb-18
Jody Maddock 01-Feb-18
Russell 01-Feb-18
Nick Muche 01-Feb-18
Russell 01-Feb-18
Nick Muche 01-Feb-18
Russell 01-Feb-18
Florida Mike 01-Feb-18
Trial153 01-Feb-18
Russell 01-Feb-18
Trial153 01-Feb-18
Russell 01-Feb-18
Trial153 01-Feb-18
elkstabber 01-Feb-18
Russell 01-Feb-18
midwest 01-Feb-18
HFlier 01-Feb-18
AKHUNTER 02-Feb-18
Russell 02-Feb-18
Russell 02-Feb-18
Nick Muche 02-Feb-18
Russell 03-Feb-18
Russell 04-Feb-18
From: Russell
31-Jan-18
Looking to put together a group drop camp caribou bowhunt next year in Alaska.

I've always wanted to do one, and never commited. Not getting any younger, so if anyone is interested, please PM or respond.

Thanks, R

From: caribou77
31-Jan-18
If you'd consider moving it to 2020 I'd be interested. Hunted Quebec caribou 7 times. Want to try Alaska as well. 2018 will be Alberta moose (bow) and 2019 will be Alberta mule deer (rifle). Unfortunately my vacation time only allows for 1 good long hunt a year.

From: Trial153
31-Jan-18
2019..caribou three years in a row....he Yea. Let’s go

From: Russell
31-Jan-18
Wish I could slide the year right a bit, however I'm set on 2019.

(Plans to stop working in early 2020 and an Alaskan trip would cap off a lengthy career of working for a living.)

From: greg simon
31-Jan-18
That hunt is on my short list to do. I might be interested in 2019 hunt. A trip like that I would want to have a face to face meet up with perspective hunters before committing.

Russell, we spoke on the phone about hunting in the Yukon a couple years ago. I appreciate your advice. I hunted there this past fall.

From: buzz mc
31-Jan-18
I'd definitely be interested in a hunt like this myself. It'd be a good time with the right people. I'll shoot you a PM tomorrow when I can get on a regular computer and don't have to use my phone.

From: LKH
31-Jan-18
Have a friend who wanted to go this year. The 2 flying services I trust were full and even 2019 may be difficult to book. For one of them, you can't book until Dec 17th of this year after the regulars have had first shot.

If you really want to go, get busy.

From: trackman
31-Jan-18
You best get it in line ASAP as they book up fast Good luck it s a good time

From: Russell
31-Jan-18
Thanks for the guidance.

I tried calling one of them and no answer I figured so cuz it's dead of winter

From: HUNT MAN
31-Jan-18
I agree the sooner the better. Most seem to fill up fast. At least the good ones from what I have seen.

From: md5252
31-Jan-18
I’d be interested. Not getting any younger either.

What’s the possible dates and what would you figure as approximate cost?

Thanks, Mike

From: Russell
01-Feb-18
I'm in the early stages of trying to put this adventure together.

Ideally, I'd like someone that has done this hunt to chime-in with guidance.

Caribou herd to hunt?

Flying service to use. Ones NOT to use.

Time period, etc.

From: Jody Maddock
01-Feb-18
I am interested. Last caribou I need and also hear the clock ticking. I have done a lot of research and have my wish list down to 2 air services. I will also keep doing research and an open mind. I will send you a PM with my phone number. I think I can save you some research time.

From: Russell
01-Feb-18
Thanks Jody...PM returned.

From: Nick Muche
01-Feb-18
Caribou herd to hunt? - 40 Mile Herd

Flying service to use. - Tok Air or 40 Mile Air

Time period, etc. - Late August

From: Russell
01-Feb-18
Thanks Nick!

From: Nick Muche
01-Feb-18
And... if those don't work out for you, I have one other option, but not posting it on the forum so PM if you'd like.

From: Russell
01-Feb-18
Roger...emailed both inquiring about availabilities.

From: Florida Mike
01-Feb-18
Now this is a great use of the BS resource! FM

From: Trial153
01-Feb-18
^^^ there we go ...let’s do it.

From: Russell
01-Feb-18
Thinking a group of three would be ideal.

Thoughts?

From: Trial153
01-Feb-18
I agree not much more then 3 anyway...four max. Need to find out how many with gear they can fly in in a single trip .

From: Russell
01-Feb-18
Three emails have been sent to air transporters. Will give them a couple days to responds. Hopefully they are checking email this time of year.

From: Trial153
01-Feb-18
Great Russell thank you!

From: elkstabber
01-Feb-18
What month would this be? August? September?

From: Russell
01-Feb-18
Thinking late Aug, however that could change.

From: midwest
01-Feb-18
Most likely your dates are going to be whenever the transporter has an opening.

From: HFlier
01-Feb-18
Russell, PM sent.

From: AKHUNTER
02-Feb-18
40 mile Air is the only one I would use in the Tok area. Another one to look at is Coyote Air out of Coldfoot.

If you are hunting with 3 of your closest buddies than either you or the caribou have to be moving or else once the first bou is spooked out of the area it will be a long wait for the next group. I highly suggest a float hunt if you have more than 2 hunters in a group.

If you are trying to keep costs down why don’t you guys just car pool up the haul road. At least then you can be easily mobile.

From: Russell
02-Feb-18
Thanks AKHunter for your guidance and input.

From: Russell
02-Feb-18
Thank you all for the interest and contributions to this thread.

Everyone that responded either via this thread or PM would fit the mold for this adventure.

Problem is, air support. I've had a couple conversations with folks, and it looks like no dates will be penciled-in until next December.

I'm not interested in a float nor Haul Road trip.

At this point, we'll be lucky to get air service for late Aug thru mid Sept of 2019.

This hunt is my priority for 2019.

I plan to regroup early December and see where we stand.

VR, R

From: Nick Muche
02-Feb-18
If you'd like another option for flight service that will take you into 40 mile country for caribou (I think the 40 mile herd would be your best option for sure) please PM me and I'll pass along the details. He's in Fairbanks too, which will make logistics a breeze compared to driving to Tok.

From: Russell
03-Feb-18
PM sent

From: Russell
04-Feb-18
This is a bow only hunt. Firearms for personal protection only.

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