Alaska Caribou Hunting
There are several species of caribou to hunt in Alaska and Canada. A caribou hunt is our choice for the best all-around, affordable hunting experience in the North Country. Caribou can thrive in remote, untraveled areas where hunters can enjoy pristine beauty and hunt animals with antlers as big or bigger than an elk. An average mature caribou bull can have 20 to 30 points. Caribou populations can fluctuate greatly from one herd to another. Atcheson’s strive to place hunters in areas where your chances are best for success. Recently, some herds have declined so beware. Caribou are highly nomadic animals so having great mobility on a caribou hunt is a must. Aircraft, Boats, Horses, ATV’s etc…. all make for a more successful hunt in most cases.
In many areas hunters are allowed two caribou. Black bear and wolf can often be included without problem at no additional charge. Ptarmigan hunting can be fabulous, with excellent fishing for salmon and trout. Sheep, grizzly bear, brown bear, moose, muskox, elk, deer, and mountain goat are some of the other animals that can be included with great caribou hunting.
ALASKA BROOKS RANGE CARIBOU HUNTING
Northern Alaska’s Porcupine Herd is such a prolific herd of barren ground caribou that Alaska Fish and Game authorizes a two caribou bag limit per hunter. But due to extreme logistics only a handful of outters offer Caribou hunting in the Brooks range. We deal with a few outfitters who offer a variety of caribou only or caribou combination hunts, from August 1 through October 15. For trophy animals, this region is the best area in all of the North Country to take big caribou, or combine grizzly or brown bear, dall sheep, black bear, wolf, moose, and sport fishing.
Brooks Range and Eastern Alaska Camps
Be prepared to go to a spike camp. Lodge hunts in the Brooks Range are almost non-existent. On fly out spike camp hunts, the outfitter will scout for herds of caribou bulls and literally land you on a mountaintop or on a lake or river bar in the middle of prime caribou hunting ground. You may have a private tent camp, just your guide and your immediate party of hunters.
Currently, this area is the most successful hunting region to hunt in Alaska. It is common for hunters to fill all their tags on seven- ten- and 14-day hunts depending on species, weather, physical abilities, etc. Most operators are conducting these hunts during the month of August or September.
Take the Family
Caribou make a great family hunt. Abundant game, great fishing, high success, and an August 1 through September 30 season make it a perfect choice for a family outing.