Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
drstephennix, Jared D, Schuetz, sitkagear1645, amaler
64310 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 90,055
stxranchman 53,720
bill oxner 49,629
RKHarm24 44,577
rifleman 44,411
BMD 41,008
SnakeWrangler 39,422
Big Orn 37,484
txshntr 35,376
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics417,500
Posts6,070,156
Members64,310
Most Online16,728
Mar 25th, 2012
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt #6915575
10/10/17 04:09 PM
10/10/17 04:09 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
X
XMTG Offline OP
Woodsman
XMTG  Offline OP
Woodsman
X

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
Last month I made my first trip to Alaska on a DIY caribou hunt. I killed my bull on day 1 of a 7 day hunt.


James Ferguson
Xtreme Measures Training Group
xmtgllc.com
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915582
10/10/17 04:20 PM
10/10/17 04:20 PM
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 385
Bandera, TX
B
banderabound Offline
Bird Dog
banderabound  Offline
Bird Dog
B

Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 385
Bandera, TX
WOW! eeks333

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915583
10/10/17 04:27 PM
10/10/17 04:27 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 21,935
The Outer Limits
S
Stub Online happy
THF Celebrity
Stub  Online Happy
THF Celebrity
S

Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 21,935
The Outer Limits
Great looking bull, congrats cheers


texas flag




davidl@pmstandleymotorcars.com
http://www.pmstandley.com/
972- 845-4073







Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915682
10/10/17 06:03 PM
10/10/17 06:03 PM
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 19,020
Denton/Argyle
D
dkershen Offline
THF Celebrity
dkershen  Offline
THF Celebrity
D

Joined: May 2009
Posts: 19,020
Denton/Argyle
Nice job. On my to do list someday. Hope you found a nice fishing hole for the other 6 days waiting on the bush plane. up



To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
www.NewHopeEquine.com
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: Stub] #6915699
10/10/17 06:23 PM
10/10/17 06:23 PM
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 11,824
Lake Texoma, TX
2Beez Online happy
Chihuahua
2Beez  Online Happy
Chihuahua

Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 11,824
Lake Texoma, TX
Originally Posted By: Stub
Great looking bull, congrats cheers


up

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915715
10/10/17 06:45 PM
10/10/17 06:45 PM
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 113
Stephenville TX, & Walker Coun...
P
Pinky3169 Offline
Woodsman
Pinky3169  Offline
Woodsman
P

Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 113
Stephenville TX, & Walker Coun...
What the heck did you do the other 6 days? Camp and eat all your meat? Hahahaha....

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915732
10/10/17 07:09 PM
10/10/17 07:09 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
X
XMTG Offline OP
Woodsman
XMTG  Offline OP
Woodsman
X

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
We tried to get our third hunter on a bull. Unfortunately the caribou numbers got less and less and by day 4 they were gone. He was archery hunting and did not want to use a rifle. We did eat some of the caribou though!


James Ferguson
Xtreme Measures Training Group
xmtgllc.com
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915737
10/10/17 07:15 PM
10/10/17 07:15 PM
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 5,517
Mesquite, Tx
B
bigjoe8565 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
bigjoe8565  Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
B

Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 5,517
Mesquite, Tx
Great bull. Curious how the DIY hunt in Alaska works. Do you apply for a draw or buy OTC tags?

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915833
10/10/17 08:53 PM
10/10/17 08:53 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
X
XMTG Offline OP
Woodsman
XMTG  Offline OP
Woodsman
X

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
It is over the counter tags. Hire a guide or air taxi and have them drop you off in the bush. Most guides limit you to between 75 and 100 pounds of gear including food. Buy the best gear you can afford. Alaska can be unforgiving especially on a DIY hunt. Go with several people who are not beginners in the woods. Weather determines when help will arrive if you need any. We planned for this hunt for over a year.


James Ferguson
Xtreme Measures Training Group
xmtgllc.com
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915863
10/10/17 09:14 PM
10/10/17 09:14 PM
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 230
Palmer tx
R
rdmac Offline
Woodsman
rdmac  Offline
Woodsman
R

Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 230
Palmer tx
Congrats! That's a really nice caribou!!!


GOD, FAMILY, HUNTING
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6915864
10/10/17 09:14 PM
10/10/17 09:14 PM
Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 421
Huntsville
D
Drogers6771 Online content
Bird Dog
Drogers6771  Online Content
Bird Dog
D

Joined: Oct 2017
Posts: 421
Huntsville
Sweet baggage!

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6916009
10/10/17 11:39 PM
10/10/17 11:39 PM
Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,136
Austin
ETexas Hunter Online content
Pro Tracker
ETexas Hunter  Online Content
Pro Tracker

Joined: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,136
Austin
cheers

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: Stub] #6916021
10/10/17 11:45 PM
10/10/17 11:45 PM
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 7,783
DFW
D
Deerhunter61 Online content
THF Trophy Hunter
Deerhunter61  Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
D

Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 7,783
DFW
Originally Posted By: Stub
Great looking bull, congrats cheers

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6916148
10/11/17 01:57 AM
10/11/17 01:57 AM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 11,682
McKinney, TX
N
NDN98 Online content
THF Celebrity
NDN98  Online Content
THF Celebrity
N

Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 11,682
McKinney, TX
Great bull. congrats!

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: NDN98] #6916154
10/11/17 02:01 AM
10/11/17 02:01 AM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 90,055
Abilene or on the road...
dogcatcher Online content
THF Celebrity
dogcatcher  Online Content
THF Celebrity

Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 90,055
Abilene or on the road...
Originally Posted By: NDN98
Great bull. congrats!


up


Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________



Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6916183
10/11/17 02:18 AM
10/11/17 02:18 AM
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 13,879
Lewisville, TX
C
ChadTRG42 Online happy
THF Celebrity
ChadTRG42  Online Happy
THF Celebrity
C

Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 13,879
Lewisville, TX
XMTG, Big Congrats! I have been wanting to do a hunt like this. How do you get your meat back home? From the field to truck, truck to home? What's the easiest? I've never had caribou, is it as good as elk?



Custom and Precision Ammunition!!
www.DallasReloads.com
Type 01 and Type 06 FFL
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6916363
10/11/17 11:02 AM
10/11/17 11:02 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 14,952
Murphy, TX Dickens county
P
Pitchfork Predator Online content
THF Celebrity
Pitchfork Predator  Online Content
THF Celebrity
P

Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 14,952
Murphy, TX Dickens county
Very nice caribou, congrats. cheers


Marc C. Helfrich
Retirement Planner

www.insured-wealth.com
469-323-8920
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6916636
10/11/17 03:23 PM
10/11/17 03:23 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
X
XMTG Offline OP
Woodsman
XMTG  Offline OP
Woodsman
X

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
ChadTRG42 we carried the quarters back to camp which was at the river bed air field. The transporter carried the meat back to the airport with one of our hunters and then came back to get the last 2 hunters. At the airport the guide took us to their facility where we cut meat off of the bone and put the meat in special meat boxes. The antlers went in an antler box. Both boxes were checked on the airline as luggage. The hotel we stayed at our last night had a freezer to keep meat in and the air port in Anchorage also had a freezer for meat and fish if you had a lay over. Everything was still nice and cold when I got home to Texas.


James Ferguson
Xtreme Measures Training Group
xmtgllc.com
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6916638
10/11/17 03:25 PM
10/11/17 03:25 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
X
XMTG Offline OP
Woodsman
XMTG  Offline OP
Woodsman
X

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
Here is a little more information. If you are going to do a DIY hunt you need to be in good physical condition.

We were limited to 100 pounds of gear per man and that included food. It was hard to get the weight to 100 pounds.

The cost of the hunt was $2250
Air fair was $1000 round trip plus another $200 when we had to move our flight back one day.
Luggage cost on the way to Alaska $175
Luggage cost on the way home $150
Meat box $20
Antler box $60
Satellite phone rental with minutes $150
Hotel for stay before flight home $225
Parking at the airport DFW $150
Taxidermy will be about $800 here at home
Figure another 150 cash for eating on the way there and back.
I spent a year buying gear for the hunt. My normal hunting gear was not good enough to survive in Alaska for 7 days on a DIY hunt. I spent way too much money on gear but it all worked good.
We ended up with 80 pounds of meat each. In Alaska the meat has to stay on the bone until it gets out of the field which sucked for us. We killed our bulls 2 miles from camp and had to haul the quarters, cape, and horns two miles. One bull shot at 1200 noon and the other bull shot at 1600.

Here is the equipment that I took on the hunt.

Snugpak Scorpion 3 tent
Nemo Symphony Sleeping Bag 25
Nemo 25 inch sleeping pad
Gerber camp Axe
Water filter and spare filter
2 UA glove liners
2 water proof gloves
1 balclava and neck gator
Water/wind camo coat and pant RedHead Brand
UA long johns
Insect head net
Poly green pull over
Camp shoes, sandals
Eating utensils
Back pack - Eberlestock Operator
Knife sharpner
Outdoor Edge Razor Pro Folding Knife
Bone saw
Nalgene bottle
emergency blanket
Sunglasses
Range finder - get batteries
Video recorder, batteries, charger, tripod
Binoculars Steiner
Headlamp
2 Trekking poles
Multi tool
2 packs wet ones
6 socks wool
2 sock liners - a must have
Candle
Compass
Mirror
Tape measure
Needle thread
Gun oil/rag
Stove - Camp Chef Mountain Series Stryker Propane Stove
2 Deet bug juice
Paper pen
Personal hygene, meds
550 cord
Duct tape
Tent lantern
Biodegradable soap
air Pillow
Sleeping bag liner
Sleeping bag stuff sack
Rain gear - Cabelas pack rain wear (very important, I wore this most of the time as my outer layer. It was too warm to wear my heavy coat and pants, temps ranged from 32 to 42 degrees)
Water treatment pills
GPS -Delorme in reach se 2 way satellite communicator
Goal zero solar charger nomad 13 with venture recharger total
2 Water bladder
Hat
Carmex
2 tarps
Under Armour boots
Bow case hard
Flagging tape
Soft bow case
soft rifle case
Arrows
Duffle bags
Towel
3 T shirts
3 Underwear
Scent lok pant/shirt
Trauma kit
5 trash bags
Game bags
14 Zip lock freezer bags
Coffee
Water flavor
10 days food mountain house for a 7 day hunt (brought beef jerky and other snacks.)
Hunting license tags
Patch kit for tent and air mattress
pistol
ammo
Holster
Chair
5 gallon collapsible water jug
Rifle
Rifle ammo



Get from guide
10 pounds salt
Lighters
matches
propane

Three of us used 2.5 propane cylinders. We took 4 to the field.

If I did it again and I did not have all of the camping equipment I would pay the extra 1k to the outfitter for them to supply tents and all food and cooking products.

The clothing I will have on the next hunt will be First Lite or Kuiu. Pay the extra cash for the high end clothes. They are lighter and every pound matters on a hunt like this.

I hope what I learned helps when you plan your hunt.


Last edited by XMTG; 10/11/17 03:28 PM.

James Ferguson
Xtreme Measures Training Group
xmtgllc.com
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6916644
10/11/17 03:31 PM
10/11/17 03:31 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
X
XMTG Offline OP
Woodsman
XMTG  Offline OP
Woodsman
X

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
Caribou meat is great! Very good taste!


James Ferguson
Xtreme Measures Training Group
xmtgllc.com
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6918720
10/13/17 02:45 AM
10/13/17 02:45 AM
Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,647
S
sparrish8 Offline
Pro Tracker
sparrish8  Offline
Pro Tracker
S

Joined: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,647
Maybe i missed it but who was the outfitter or company you used for the drop?

Last edited by sparrish8; 10/13/17 02:46 AM.
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: Stub] #6918732
10/13/17 02:50 AM
10/13/17 02:50 AM
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,916
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
S
SapperTitan Online content
Taking Requests
SapperTitan  Online Content
Taking Requests
S

Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 26,916
Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Originally Posted By: Stub
Great looking bull, congrats cheers


Originally Posted by bill oxner
I plowed mules.
Originally Posted by Roll-Tide
I did build a cabin. Aka the brokeback shack.

[Linked Image]
Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6919079
10/13/17 02:32 PM
10/13/17 02:32 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 874
L
lsbrim Offline
Tracker
lsbrim  Offline
Tracker
L

Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 874
Awesome!

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6919337
10/13/17 06:15 PM
10/13/17 06:15 PM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 703
Waco
C
CenTex Offline
Tracker
CenTex  Offline
Tracker
C

Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 703
Waco
XMTG,

Who was your guide/outfitter and/or air taxi company? Where in Alaska did you fly into? Thanks for all the great information. I have recently been researching this exact hunt.

Re: Alasks DIY Caribou Hunt [Re: XMTG] #6922681
10/16/17 09:28 PM
10/16/17 09:28 PM
Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
X
XMTG Offline OP
Woodsman
XMTG  Offline OP
Woodsman
X

Joined: Jun 2016
Posts: 175
Texas
CenTex I replied to your PM.


James Ferguson
Xtreme Measures Training Group
xmtgllc.com
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
UBB.threads™ 7.6.2