The barren ground caribou is found in Alaska and the northern tips of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. This caribou type is probably the most popular one to hunt and has the largest antlers of any of the caribou types – a Boone and Crockett book caribou will be 400 inches or more! A mature bull will typically be 400-500 pounds and sport a beautiful white neck and mane once they shed their velvet and have their winter coat. These caribou are migratory, often scattered and somewhat resident in the summer, then grouping up in the fall to migrate to wintering areas, often followed by packs of wolves. These caribou inhabit some of the most remote terrain in the world – it’s stunningly beautiful as are the caribou that call it home.
Our hunts generally target Alaska. There are 32 named herds in Alaska with a total population estimate of 950,000 animals. The herds with the highest populations are the Western Arctic, Porcupine, Central Arctic, Fortymile, and Teshekpuk. Caribou populations can be cyclical and the timing of increases and decreases is not very predictable. Weather, population density, predation by wolves and grizzly bears, and disease can affect numbers. Legacy Outdoors stays in contact with our outfitters to ensure we are hunting the right areas. Tags are generally over the counter and easy to obtain. Trophy quality has been excellent the last several years.
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