Where to hunt Caribou?

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  1. Alan Rose

    Alan Rose AH Member

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    Hi guys.

    I am from Scotland.

    I would love to go hunt caribou.

    Where is good to go?

    What time of year is best?

    How much would this hunt cost?

    Thanks
    Alan
     
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  2. North American 36

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    Hello Alan there are 5 different subspecies of caribou to hunt which span across North America with the exception of the Quebec caribou which is currently closed. I would suggest you read up on the various subspecies and see which has what you're looking for. In terms of when to hunt, I suggest Fall as you will be in the higher latitudes which can be unbearable in winter. Once you have your subspecies picked, choose the location that appeals to you the most. My personal pick would be the Quebec caribou and I intend to go when they open it back up. Good luck (y)

    Check out this website for caribou information:https://www.slamquest.org/animal-groupings.php?category=North American Big Game
     

  3. enysse

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    I would go hunt the Central Barren Ground Caribou in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It very remote and unique experience.
     

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    @JKO Hunting Safaris works with a booking agent in France. He books caribou in Greenland I believe. If you can PM contact information to me, I will forward that to get you information.
     

  5. Ryan

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    Being that I live in Alaska you'd think I could easily give you an answer for this state but as of late it's up in the air. Trust me, I'm looking for a friend and myself in 2020. Here's what I see here. The Porcupine Herd in the Brooks Range and northwest arctic is huge at the moment, but I can't seem to find one good outfitter to fly me into it and I'm honestly nervous about it because caribou populations cycle. The Western Arctic herd is going up slowly, look into Bushwacker Air and do research for flyong services out of Kotzebue. The 40-mile herd is going up, check out 40-Mile air and others out of Tok, Alaska. Just a warning, it can get pricey. Flying into most of these herds is $3500 US or more. It's frustrating.
     
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  6. enysse

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    I would love to hunt the caribou in the Porcupine Herd too! It’s on bucket list! Alaska is dreamy but I’ve also heard it’s hit and miss too.....
     

  7. Von S.

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    Alan,

    I have hunted them in many places and will tell you that should a strapping lad from Scotland want to hunt down and murder only the biggest ones in the world he would only need to head to one place.......


    ......Adak Island....

    Good luck and watch where you step.
     

  8. Jeff 907

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    Ryan,
    Don’t forget since he is a non US resident so it will have to be guided for Alaska. The price went up substantially.
     

  9. Ryan

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    Thanks Jeff, I forgot about nonresident alien requirements. Sorry Alan, that will make Alaska a very pricey proposition.

    @Von S Adak island is a has-been, though some outfitters will tell you otherwise for their own sakes. When they first started hunting it again (late 90's to 2000?) it was phenomenal. No hunting since the early 90's will do that. Now, don't waste your time or money. Regular flights to it since then and an open season on them have reduced the herd and removed most of the big ones. I have friends who used to go there for a meat hunt and quit going since it's so hit and mostly miss. I was there in September 2007 getting off a fishing boat to fly back to Anchorage and when the plane arrived the latest squad of hunters got off. They weren't alone on the island, trust me. Plus decent transportation around the island beyond the roads is hit or miss. There may be some big ones somewhere on that island, but they're skittish and laying low.
     
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  10. JKO Hunting Safaris

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    Thank you Phil. Sir I will PM you our contact details for our offices in Europe. We can definitely assist you with Caribou hunting.

    Thank you,

    Jacques
     

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    There are other subspecies of Caribou as well in other jurisdictions.

    Seasons differ on the jurisdictions. Each province, territory and state differs.
    Fall over here is our hunting season.


    Costs. You are an NR Alien and that means an Outfitter will be required. No place in NA I know of will set you loose to hunt on your own.
     
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    The Fortymile herd is probably not your best bet if you're thinking of traveling to Alaska for what might be a once in a lifetime caribou hunt. The hunt is on a quota system with different opening dates for residents vs. non-residents, there are no guarantees how long it will stay open each year before they shut it down, and there have been years when the opening has been delayed on short notice due to concern that the caribou were concentrated in easily accessible areas that were likely to result in exceeding the quota. All of these things make this, in my opinion, a less than ideal option for someone who has to make travel arrangements and spend the kind of money it costs for a non-resident. For me this is a non-issue since I can easily be hunting caribou less than 2 hours after leaving home, but for someone making the kind of investment you would have to make to come up for this hunt, I think there are numerous better options that would be much easier logistically.
     

  14. Alan Rose

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    Thanks very much for your help.

    Sorry to say I won't be going to hunt caribou. Sad to say.

    I have been quoted for the hunt and it is funny money .

    I think I stick to stags in Scotland .

    Would love to hunt over the water.

    Why is it so expensive. Is it the outfitters or the tags that cost the money.


    Thanks for all your help.

    Alan
     

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    Supply and demand, our Caribou populations are in a down cycle. Hope the populations boom and there will be more tags available.

    The other issue is just the logistics of getting to caribou country. They are usually pretty remote.
     

  16. Alan Rose

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    Yeah I thought that. It's the same with big medal roe bucks over here.

    Thanks
    Alan
     

  17. TheWhitetailNut

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    The cost of operating in these areas has alot to do with price as well
     

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    It's certainly not downtown!
     

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    It's a damned shame, used to be you could hunt AK as a non resident alien unguided. Requiring a guide puts it out of my range for my lifetime.

    Guy i know in aus did a griz and moose hunt, all told cost around $40k aud and never got a griz.
     

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    My very remote point of view is that for foreigner, USA reamins economically accessible for black bear, white tail, etc... few species only.

    For caribou, it looks like that european subspecies is more economical, to hunt reindeer in northern european countries.
     

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