August 10 – September 20
This trophy caribou hunts takes place in the picturesque Alaska Range, east of Denali National Park. To hunt this unit requires applying in the Alaska draw, which has a December 15 deadline. There are roughly 150 total permits available and it’s a random draw (no point system!). Those lucky enough to draw this coveted tag will be hunting the largest caribou in the state! This is the barren-ground caribou, the largest sub-specie in the world in terms of both antler and body size. The unit is home to a relatively small herd of caribou that don’t necessarily migrate like the vast herds to the north. Here, you’ll hunt them off horseback, finding them in small groups to solitary bulls. This Alaska-born outfitter has over thirty years of experience and runs a top notch, family-run operation. Two camps are strategically located in the unit and consist of cabins and wall tents with experience horse guide, wranglers, and camp staff. Expect to “spike out” for a few days at a time to get deep into the game rich country. A wrangler with pack horses will accommpany you and your guide to help set up camp and pack your trophy. Rest assure, if you are lucky enough to draw this tag, the odds of coming home with a Boone and Crocket barren-ground caribou are as good as it gets!
$8,500 1×1 guided (7-day hunt)
Plus air charter and license/tag
License $160, caribou tag $650
Guide services, horses, camp, meals, trophy care.
Airfare, charter flight, license, tag, gratuity, personal items
Fly to Healy where you will take an air charter to camp, approx. $1,500
Easy: Somewhat easy walking when it comes to physicality. Minimal walking or hiking and terrain is very accessible. Mostly hunting from blinds or tree stands.
Moderate: Physicality is somewhat moderate to advanced. Spot and stalk method of hunting as well as some hunting from blinds. Terrain can vary from prairies to mountains at higher elevations.
Difficult: Requires an advanced degree of physical endurance. Terrain is typically more mountainous and hunting can take place at higher elevation.
Extreme: Most difficult and physically demanding hunts. Requires advanced to extreme endurance and terrain or game pursued may involve dangerous situations.