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Caribou hunt pack list???
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Contributors to this thread:
Jasper 25-Feb-21
yooper89 25-Feb-21
greg simon 25-Feb-21
Bou'bound 25-Feb-21
LKH 25-Feb-21
Chief 419 25-Feb-21
APauls 25-Feb-21
CPAhunter 26-Feb-21
Curt Wells 26-Feb-21
Kurt 26-Feb-21
Mule Power 26-Feb-21
Jasper 26-Feb-21
JTreeman 26-Feb-21
Rickm 26-Feb-21
Slate 26-Feb-21
LKH 26-Feb-21
caribou77 27-Feb-21
Kurt 27-Feb-21
BTM 27-Feb-21
Charlie Rehor 27-Feb-21
caribou77 27-Feb-21
CPAhunter 30-Mar-21
Chief 419 30-Mar-21
pahoyt 30-Mar-21
TEmbry 30-Mar-21
MathewsMan 30-Mar-21
Jaquomo 30-Mar-21
From: Jasper
25-Feb-21
Going to the Brooks Range in late September, guided for 8 days. 2 Bou tags, bear tag and a wolf tag. Other than the standard items, what unusual, not your common, every day items should I take? I’ve put a similar thread here on the Bowsite for 3 destination hunts and have always gotten a suggestion of two that made my hunt better. Thanks and God bless! John

From: yooper89
25-Feb-21
Following along since I’ll be in the same area at the same time. Looking forward to it!

From: greg simon
25-Feb-21
Ground pad of some kind for sitting on. Glassing, resting, etc. Beats a cold wet rock every time.

From: Bou'bound
25-Feb-21
Wiggy's

From: LKH
25-Feb-21
Bow hunted the Brooks for sheep and bou many times. Greg's pad is an absolute. I would take one long enough to go from your head to past your hips.

Also one of the rather expensive nylon tarps that are about 9x12 or so and weigh less than a pound.

With the above 2 items you can ride out a lot of bad weather.

From: Chief 419
25-Feb-21
Bring a good battery charging bank like an Anker Power Core or something similar to recharge your phone. IMO, beats the solar chargers any day. Make time to take plenty of pictures and video. You can't take pictures of the travel and Brooks Range after you get back home. That's sounds a bit obvious, but you'll regret not taking enough pictures.

Enjoy your trip and best of luck!

From: APauls
25-Feb-21
A journal. 15-20 years later you’ll love it

From: CPAhunter
26-Feb-21
Wet wipes

From: Curt Wells
26-Feb-21
I did a DIY drop hunt out of Kotzebue the last week in September last fall and it was COLD. Nights were in the teens and we barely broke 32 degrees during the day, plus strong wind. Make sure you have some kind of sleeping pad that provides some insulation. A air-filled pad alone won't cut it. Fortunately, we had sunshine most every day. Precipitation would have been bad. And take a "real" camera for crying out loud. Even a decent point-and-shoot is far better than a cell phone (much better flash for fill or night photos) and you don't have to worry about charging it. Keep it in a pouch on your pack belt so you don't have to dig for it. Take lots of photos and good luck!

From: Kurt
26-Feb-21
Insect repellent and a head net. Black flies were bad when we got there in early Sept and it was snowing when we left in mid-Sept.

An InReach for contact with the outside world is nice and adds peace-of-mind for the folks back home.

Both times I moose and caribou hunted in the Brooks we had grizzlies sniff the tent...inches from my head. A shotgun makes you feel a bit better at night and these days I'd add a bear fence. We went DIY and the last trip was about 32 years ago. Good luck!

From: Mule Power
26-Feb-21
A setup to sit and glass comfortably in the rain. It might rain. Lol

Silnylon tarp, trekking poles, and a Havalon chair.

From: Jasper
26-Feb-21
Thanks for the great suggestions guys! I knew you’d come through!! Need more info on pads and tarps but will start another thread...

From: JTreeman
26-Feb-21
Arrows, lots of arrows!

—Jim

From: Rickm
26-Feb-21
Good tent and good sleep system. Extra couple of days food just in case. Puffy coat for glassing which you will do a lot of.

Wiggies are worthless. If you will be crossing water find a better option.

Have fun!

From: Slate
26-Feb-21

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From: LKH
26-Feb-21
Don't bring a Fatbutt cushion. For the same space you can bring a longer pad that can be folded or used full length. More options.

From: caribou77
27-Feb-21
So mine goes along with the sitting comfortably. Started using it my last year in Quebec. Eberlestock mainframe. It’s a great meat hauler pack with the advantage of having a backrest anytime you sit down. The solid design of the meat shelf allows it. Coupled with a butt pad you simply have a chair everywhere you go...

From: Kurt
27-Feb-21
Part of Thermarest Z-lite sleeping pad is what many of us use for a glassing pad. I use 4 or 5 sections of the pad, each section weighs one ounce. The t section pad is about hip to butt long so is good to have for emergency use to partially lay on too...or the noon nap. I also use it to stand on in the vestibule of the pack tent when getting in or out and the boots are off. And it keeps the pack off the often wet ground at night in the vestibule too. Great piece of gear but not thick enough for a sleeping pad for me. Prefer the Thermarest Neoair for that.

From: BTM
27-Feb-21
Ditto on bug dope and head net no matter what your outfitter says. When a Canadian or Alaskan says, "There won't be any bugs," here's the translation: "Bug density won't be more than 500 per cubic foot." :)

27-Feb-21
One snickers bar per day and hide one beer in the bottom of your pack for a special time. In 1989 Pat and I floated the Colville River on the north side of the Brooks Range.

We were rookies to say the least but learned a lot and met Kurt and Randy in Umiat. Pilot there was a World War 11 pilot with duct tape on his planes wings. I’m sure it’s different 32 years later but wowser what a trip. Good luck. C

From: caribou77
27-Feb-21

From: CPAhunter
30-Mar-21
Wet wipes

From: Chief 419
30-Mar-21
CPA Hunter has recommended wet wipes twice. There must be a story, but I'm afraid to ask. Take his advice and bring some wet wipes.

From: pahoyt
30-Mar-21
I'm going to be hunting caribou and grizzly's aug 20-29th 2021 in the TOK area. What is needed for bugs? Thermacell?

From: TEmbry
30-Mar-21
100% deet for bugs even though you will probably be freezing instead. I’ll second the Anker recommendation too. Charges phones, headlamps, garmin Inreach, cameras if you bring one, etc. Wet wipes are cleaner than TP, not moisture sensitive, and double for bath time. Sitting pads are nice luxury. Going guided I’d assume they will have most of the butchering stuff for you but double check first and make sure to have good synthetic game bags along. Have you done a hunt like this before? (Not condescending just curious how basic of suggestions you are asking for).

From: MathewsMan
30-Mar-21
Bring me I can shoot 2 grizzly bears up there

From: Jaquomo
30-Mar-21
Take two headnets. They weigh nothing, and if one disappears you'll remember my advice.

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