Barren Ground Caribou Hunts

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.

Choosing the type of Barren Ground Caribou hunt!

Barren ground caribou can be hunted as a single species but are also frequently combined with grizzly bear and sometimes are taken incidentally on Dall sheep, moose or bear hunts. Hunts can be fully guided or Do It Yourself drop camps with a group of friends. Camps are usually spike camps or cabin accommodations as the country the caribou live in is very remote. Usually fly-outs are used to put hunters into good caribou country. From there it’s lots of glassing from vantage points and then stalking on foot. Legacy Outdoors can tailor a hunt to suit almost anyone. So whatever your abilities are, after a discussion, we can find the perfect hunt for you. No matter what kind of barren ground caribou hunt you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

When to hunt Barren Ground Caribou!

Barren ground caribou seasons run from Aug 10 to the end of December, but the bulk of the hunting takes place from late August through September. After September, access to the remote areas becomes difficult because of the weather. September also offers the best opportunity to do a combo hunt with other species. Caribou generally shed velvet in early September and have the good white manes shortly thereafter. Even in velvet, horns are typically “hard” by mid-August.

Best places to hunt Barren Ground Caribou!

Alaska is tops for barren ground caribou. We offer both DIY drop camp hunts as well as fully guided hunts in the majestic Brooks Range. This is beautiful open tundra and mountains, interspersed with multiple rivers. You will see grizzly bear, ptarmigan and possibly moose and sheep. Sometimes the fishing for grayling and arctic char is fantastic too. Both guided and unguided hunts are highly successful. We also target caribou on moose, bear, and sheep hunts in other areas of Alaska. We can discuss the type of experience and trophy quality you are looking for and recommend the right hunt for you.

If you are looking for a great barren ground caribou hunt, give us a call or fill out the form below and let us help you find the perfect Barren ground Caribou  hunt for you.

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