Customized Hunting Plan: Alaska Barren Ground Caribou DIY Drop-off Hunts
Hunt trophy Alaska Barren Ground Caribou DIY Drop-off hunts during August and September staged from Bettles, Alaska, South Brooks Range, (GMU 23 and GMU 26A).
Bettles, Alaska (August - September):
Hunt trophy Alaska Barren Ground Caribou in the Brooks Range! Hunts are staged from Bettles, Alaska during late-August - September. Bettles is located 241 miles northwest of Fairbanks and 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Our trophy Caribou areas are located in the Brooks Range, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Noatak National Preserve, and Kobuk Valley National Park. We primarily hunt the Western Arctic Caribou herd, the largest herd of the 32 identified Caribou herds in Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates there are over 259,000 animals. The primary Caribou migration patterns run through the heart of GMU 23 and GMU 26A, where Caribou have been migrating for centuries! Drop-off points are ideally located in the path of the migration routes and caribou are routinely harvested within a short distance from our drop-off locations. If you’re looking for a great hunt to collect a really nice trophy Caribou bull and have a super time. Don’t pass up this opportunity to hunt one of the largest Caribou herds in the world. Non-resident hunters may take one Caribou bull in GMU 23 or 26A. These hunts have been extremely high success rate.
We encourage hunters to focus on one specie, seldom productive to hunt both caribou and moose from the same drop-off location due to the different nature of their habitat. We suggest a move from a typical caribou area to a moose area if you want to hunt both species.
This is not an ordinary Do-It-Yourself (DIY) drop-off hunts. Hunters will consult with a current, experienced Alaska Registered Guide and Outfitter who will customize a personal hunting plan tailored to meet your needs and preferences, as well as provide you with a detailed Hunting Orientation packet and assist you in coordinating with a reputable transporter. You’ll get your questions answered by a professional.
Customized Hunting Plan Fee: Quote available upon request. Prices vary depending on species, preferred dates, size of hunting group, travel requirements, and any additional preferences. The consulting fee for your Customized Hunting Plan does not include any of your transportation or any hunt expenses before, during, or after the hunt. The fee does include consultation with and expertise of an Alaska Registered Guide and Outfitter and a Customized Hunting Plan and Hunt Orientation in the form of documents, which will be emailed or mailed via USPS to you. Email (email@example.com) or call (907-644-4868) for a quote.
Rates: Ask for a quote.
Air Charter Service Rates:
$3,500 per hunter, based on 2 or more hunters, 6-days or longer, DeHavilland Beaver on floats from Bettles, Alaska during August - September. This is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) drop-off hunt.
$5,000 per hunter for raft float hunt, based on 2 or more hunters, 8-10 days or longer, using DeHavilland Beaver on floats from Bettles. Hunters need to rent and/or bring their own raft. This is a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) drop-off hunt.
Additional fees are required for moves and additional gear and food flights based on DeHaviland Beaver hourly rate of $800 per hour and Super Cub rate of $400 per hour.
Dates: August – September.
Air Charter Service Includes:
Air charter service from Bettles, Alaska to/from drop-off location for hunter(s), 60 lbs. of personal gear plus rifle or bow, transport of trophy (cape & antlers), and game meat.
Travel to Bettles, Alaska during August - September: Arrival/departure point is Bettles, Alaska. Clients are responsible for their commercial air travel to/from Fairbanks and follow-on commuter flight service to Bettles. We recommend you arrive 1-day early in Fairbanks prior to your hunt commencing, so you can purchase Alaska hunting license, Caribou locking tag, harvest tickets (no fee), purchase wax boxes for game meat, pick-up any additional hunting gear or personal items you may need. Clients should take Wright Air Service commuter flight from Fairbanks to Bettles on morning flight, so hunters can be shuttle from Bettles to drop-off hunt location in the afternoon, if not the following morning. Clients should leave hard rifle case or bow case and travel clothes bag with Air Charter service. You may not hunt on the same-day-airborne. Wright Air Service in Fairbanks has two flights daily on weekdays and one flight per day on weekends to/from Bettles. When scheduling with them, they will give you options on how they charge for any additional excess weight. Wright Air Service can be reached at 907-474-0502 or 800-478-0502. If your staying overnight in Bettles, contact Bettles Lodge for reservations at 907-692-5111.
For departure schedule, recommend 1-day in Bettles for preparing your trophy/game meat for shipping/air cargo and take a nice warm shower and meal before traveling to Fairbanks and beyond. Should you arrive in Bettles before your scheduled flight to Fairbanks, getting on an earlier flight can usually be arranged. Recommend clients purchase commercial airline tickets with flexible change policies as well as travel insurance in the event of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances that may affect your airline travel.
Alaska Hunting License, Locking Tags, and Harvest Tickets: Before arriving in Bettles, purchase your Alaska hunting license, big game locking tags, and harvest tickets (no fees) online at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) website or purchase upon arrival in Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska. Alaska hunting license: $160 (U.S. nonresident), Caribou tag(s): $650 per tag, Moose tag: $800, Black Bear tag: $450, Sport Fishing license (7-days): $70, and Wolf tag: no fee. Harvest tickets are required for each specie (no fees for tickets/permits).
Other expenses hunter can expect (not all inclusive list): Before and after hunt expenses, commercial airfare, air charter service fees, hotels, rental vehicle/taxi, travel insurance, Alaska hunting license, big game locking tags for each specie, harvest tickets, taxidermy trophy care, processing/shipping game meat meat/trophy (unless donated/transferred), satellite phone rental or Garmin inReach two-way satellite communicator rental, and gratuity.
*NOTE: All prices are subject to change due to increase costs in travel requirements, insurance and ADF&G requirements. Hunters are responsible for being familiar with the current Alaska Hunting Regulation, available on ADF&G website.
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