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Bowsite Hunt, 2019 AK DIY Caribou Hunt?
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.
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.
2019..caribou three years in a row....he Yea. Let’s go
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.)
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.
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.
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.
You best get it in line ASAP as they book up fast Good luck it s a good time
Thanks for the guidance.
I tried calling one of them and no answer I figured so cuz it's dead of winter
I agree the sooner the better. Most seem to fill up fast. At least the good ones from what I have seen.
I’d be interested. Not getting any younger either.
What’s the possible dates and what would you figure as approximate cost?
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.
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.
Thanks Jody...PM returned.
Caribou herd to hunt? - 40 Mile Herd
Flying service to use. - Tok Air or 40 Mile Air
Time period, etc. - Late August
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.
Roger...emailed both inquiring about availabilities.
Now this is a great use of the BS resource! FM
^^^ there we go ...let’s do it.
Thinking a group of three would be ideal.
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 .
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.
What month would this be? August? September?
Thinking late Aug, however that could change.
Most likely your dates are going to be whenever the transporter has an opening.
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.
Thanks AKHunter for your guidance and input.
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.
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.
This is a bow only hunt. Firearms for personal protection only.