This is a Fly-in, Unguided Caribou Drop hunt in the Alaska brooks range

Our unguided caribou hunts are based on an eight day hunting schedule. In Alaska you can’t hunt same day airborne, so on the first day we fly you into the field so you can get camp set up and get prepare for the next six full days of hunting. The seventh day is your scheduled pick-up day to come out of the field.

  • Must be a group of two, four or six.
  • Trophy quality is good, with a few great bulls taken every season.
  • Limit is one caribou bull per hunter.
  • Success rates run 60-80% depending on the year. *Statewide average is less than 20%.
  • Opportunity rate is 75%+.
  • Be sure to get a wolf tag.
  • Fishing and ptarmigan hunting can be very good depending on your camp location.
  • This can be a difficult hunt. Walking in tundra is strenuous.
  • You can bring all of your own gear, or rent a camp and food package from us in Kotzebue.
  • All unguided hunters are responsible for setup and teardown of their own tents and camping equipment, as well as being responsible for their harvest.
  • Must be a US citizen to book a hunt.

This hunt is in high demand, and spots are extremely limited.

If you are interested, we highly suggest that you secure your spot with a deposit ASAP.

UNGUIDED CARIBOU HUNTING PACKAGES THAT WE OFFER

Our transport only package is pretty simple. An Arctic Air pilot will drop your group and your gear in the field, and pick you up at a specified time, weather depending. With the Transport Only Package, hunters provide their own gear and food.

The Transport Only Package Includes:

  • Meet and Greet at Airport Terminal (or landing strip) to assist with baggage/gear.
  • Air transportation into/out of the field with gear.*
  • Transport of your meat, capes and antlers out of the field back to main hub.
  • Outfitted Camp Gear Rental
  • Food Package

*The weight limit for our transport only hunters is 120 pounds of gear per person. This includes your camp, all of your personal gear, weapon, -20 rated sleeping system, backpack, field dressing equipment and game bags.

**Additional fuel surcharges will be assessed when weight limits are exceeded on a case by case basis.

SUGGESTED GEAR LIST

Bringing all of the gear needed for this hunt with you on the airlines is difficult and expensive. There are also some critical items that cannot be taken on commercial flights. For that reason most hunters choose the Camp Rental and Food Package.

The Camp and Food Package Includes:

  • Meet and Greet at Airport Terminal (or landing strip) to assist with baggage/gear.
  • Air transportation into/out of the field with gear.*
  • Transport of your meat, capes and antlers out of the field back to main hub.
  • Outfitted Camp Gear Rental
  • Food Package

Camps go in, and out of the field with the hunters.

*Weight limits for Camp Rental hunters is 60 pounds of gear per person. This includes all of your personal gear, weapon, -20 rated sleeping system, backpack, field dressing equipment and game bags.

**Additional fuel surcharges will be assessed when weight limits are exceeded on a case by case basis.

Hunts DO NOT Include:

  • Guiding is NOT included. We ONLY offer unguided hunts in Alaska.
  • Commercial Airfare to and from major hub (i.e. Kotzebue).
  • Any hotels/meals that may be needed prior to or after your hunt.
  • AKDFG Hunt/Fishing License, and Tag Fees. We encourage all hunters to purchase a wolf tag!
  • In town lodging/meals due to the inability to fly because of bad weather.
  • Change fees associated with missed commercial flights due to bad weather or unforeseen issues which can arise from time to time.
  • Any in-town purchases at local stores or with locals for their arts.
  • Wet-Lock Boxes for meat and/or Customized Antler Boxes for transport home. *Our crew may ASSIST YOU in showing you how to wrap your antlers and pack meat to get it ready for your trip home.  However, it’s ultimately your responsibility to get antlers, capes and meat ready for transport home.
  • Excess Baggage Fees or Shipping associated with your meat, antlers and capes with Commercial Airlines or Shipping companies.  Please check with your Airline to see what their baggage fees will be.
  • Expediting and Taxidermy of trophies/antlers.
  • Trip Insurance is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, especially on a hunt in a place such as Alaska.
  • Gratuities for your pilot, and our crew back at the hangar.

Camp Rental Package Includes:

*For every TWO hunters

  • 1 Cabela’s four or six man Guide Model tent for every TWO hunters. This gives you plenty of room for cots, bags and personal gear.
  • 1 Stove with one pound propane bottles
  • 2 Cots *But we highly suggest that you bring your own sleeping pad, just in case you are overweight.
  • 2 Rolls of toilet paper
  • 1 Tarp
  • Matches and lighter/fire starters
  • 1 Cook set, including a coffee pot, kitchen pots, pans, utensils, two sets of silverware, plates, bowls and cups, and a water container.
  • Garbage and Ziploc bags
  • 1 Lantern with mantels
  • 1 Roll paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Twine or Paracord
  • Shovel
  • Basic First Aid Kit

Our gear package provides hunters with the NECESSITIES for being out in what can be a very harsh and unforgiving environment.

We pay close attention to your needs, ensuring that camps have enough food, even in the event you get stuck in the field for extra days due to unforeseen issues. 

Camp Locations

Our goal is ALWAYS to place you in a location where you will have a chance for a successful hunt. The camps are placed within migration areas that have had historical success. The weather, our schedule and caribou movement will determine your camp location.

Personal Gear List

What's included in the Food package per TWO hunters

  • Instant potatoes
  • Tortillas
  • 1 Ziplock bag of onions
  • 1 jar of jelly
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • Crackers / Granola Bars / Snacks
  • Cooking oil
  • Hard Candy / Candy Bars
  • Drink Mix
  • Instant Coffee w/ Cream and Sugar
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Hot Cocoa / Tea Bags
  • Ramen Soup
  • Salt / Pepper / Seasonings

1 Box of 10 Freeze Dried, Backpacking-Style Meals

  • 8 Breakfasts that include a variety of oatmeal & scrambled eggs, skillets, etc.
  • 24 Dinners that include a mixed variety of chicken, beef & pork entrees.
  • 6 Desserts are also included, and are based on availability.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Items may change slightly, subject to seasonal availability.
  • If you require any special medicine and/or foods associated with your daily diet and health routine, you will want to make sure you pack it yourself and bring it with you.

Travel Information

  • You will fly to Anchorage, AK (ANC), then catch a flight to Kotzebue, where we will send someone from our team to meet you at the airport and give you a ride to your lodging.
  • It is important when booking your commercial airline tickets to and from Kotzebue that you plan to arrive the day before you are scheduled to go into the field, and plan to depart the day after your scheduled pick-up date.
  • Book “flexible” return flights and we HIGHLY recommend trip insurance! *Weather is a variable that no one can control. Weather conditions may prevent us from being able to fly. Such instances are rare, but can occur.

Transport In and Out of the Field

  • We are on a tight schedule, and it is in everyone’s best interest that we stick to it. However, we all know that the weather in Alaska doesn’t like to cooperate. At times we must wait for the weather to clear or frost or snow to melt off the wings before we can start flying. If such conditions do exist, please be patient. There is nothing we can do about the weather.
  • We use planes with bush wheels to get you into the field.

EXPECT WEATHER DELAYS. While we do our best to stay on schedule, conditions often cause delays that are beyond our control. Patience is a must. Our pilots will only fly in safe conditions.

Meat Care

  • Bring good quality game bags with you.
  • We are not permitted to store meat at our facility in Kotzebue. Meat will stay in the field with you for the entire time unless arrangements are made with us ahead of time.
  • Kotzebue DOES NOT have meat processing facilities to accommodate hunters. However, we have space at our airport facility for you to trim and pack meat and antlers for transport.
  • Meat boxes can be purchased for $25 each.
  • The local Hotel in Kotzebue we recommend has a walk-in freezer for hunters to freeze their meat prior to departure back home.
  • Meat boxes can be checked on as luggage. Boxes must be under 100 pounds.
  • Excess baggage fees will be charged by the airlines for additional pieces of checked baggage on Alaska Airlines.
Alaska DIY Caribou Hunters packing out bulls.

Pre-Hunt Preparation

After you get out of the field