Category Archives: Preparing for a DIY Caribou Hunt in Alaska

Kotzebue Alaska

Kotzebue, Alaska – It’s History and Things To Do While You’re There

The largest community in the Northwest Arctic Borough of Alaska, the City of Kotzebue offers a wide range of activities for visitors, both in town and in the surrounding wilderness. A crossroads of local culture and natural wonders, it has something to offer to anyone with a spirit for adventure and an appreciation of the […]

Wolf hunting in Alaska

Wolves – Be Sure to Get a Tag!

We encourage all hunters to purchase a wolf tag! Wolves and caribou travel together. In fact many of our hunters report seeing wolves during their DIY caribou hunt. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll get one killed. Wolves are hard to hunt. Seeing wolves and getting one are two different things, but how frustrating to get […]

How to identify a legal caribou.

Identifying a Legal Caribou

Know your target! Every year a few illegal cows are shot by hunters. Only bull caribou are legal on your hunt. Identifying a legal caribou can sometimes be difficult because both sexes have antlers. Identifying a Legal Caribou Most cow caribou have antlers from June through April of the following year. Bull caribou have antlers […]

northern lights

Places to Stay in Kotzebue

Places to stay in Kotzebue, Alaska for overnight stays before and after you are out in the field. We suggest making your reservations prior to your trip. Nullagvik Hotel Only “HOTEL” in town and it With views of the Kotzebue Sound, this understated hotel is a 7-minute walk from Western Arctic Parklands and Northwest Arctic […]

Liquor Store

Kotzebue is a Damp Village – What you need to know about alcohol.

Kotzebue is a small village, however, it happens to be the largest village in the NW Arctic of Alaska, the “Hub” of several small villages in the outlying area. Kotz used to be a “Dry” Village … meaning alcohol was not sold or available for purchase and was regulated on the amount any one person […]

Flying to Kotzebue Alaska

Flying to Kotzebue, Alaska – Travel Logistics

If you’re flying to Kotzebue, we suggest that you book your commercial flight to Anchorage. Flying to Anchorage from the Lower 48 Anchorage is Alaska’s main transportation hub and offers the greatest selection of flights both within Alaska and across lower 48 destinations. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has close to 200 flights a […]

Alaska Locking Tags

How to Get Your Alaska Hunting License, Harvest Tickets and Locking Tags

Alaska resident hunters, ages 18 years or older – and all nonresident hunters – must possess and carry in the field a valid Alaska state hunting license, locking tag(s) and harvest permit. Locking Tags In addition to a hunting license, nonresident hunters must buy appropriate locking tags to hunt big game in Alaska — this […]

Garmin inReach

Bring a Communication Device

You MUST have either a Sat Phone, Garmin inReach or Zoleo in the field with your group for safety and communication purposes – YOU CANNOT PURCHASE THEM IN WHEN YOU GET HERE. So, please remember to make arrangements PRIOR to departing for your Alaskan Adventure! Satellite Phone or InReach? For us, this was a no […]

Unguided Alaska DIY Hunting & Fishing Transport Service

Do I need Hip Waders for my Alaska hunt?

We recommend that you bring some waders with you. Depending on where you end up hunting, there could be stream and/or river crossings. You could need to cross a creek or stream, or two or ten during your hunt. Often you’ll need to do a creek crossing every day from where you’re camped to where […]

Dropping an unguided caribou in the field

Suggested Gear List for a Caribou Drop Hunt in Alaska

Unguided Caribou Hunting is some of the most sought after hunts in Alaska. There are important considerations on these hunts due to the weather and terrain that hunters should expect to encounter. These hunts are conducted mostly by spot-and-stalk tactics. The hunts are fly-in “Spike Camp/Base Camp” style, where you should will return back to […]