Bowhunting Barren Ground Caribou in Alaska
The Alaskan Barren Ground Caribou is one of five species of Caribou found in North America. They are found throughout much of Alaska, and a portion of the Yukon Territory. While there are many different herds of caribou in Alaska, they are all classified as Barren Ground. One of the most well known herds, and the largest is the Mulchatna herd.
Seasons and bag limits, bull and or cow laws vary by game management location, and some Game Management units also require drawings. Caribou do not require non-resident aliens to have a guide, and BSC does offer drop or semi guided bowhunts, but we don't encourage our clients on such bowhunts unless they have similar wilderness experiences under their belt. Alaska wilderness can be an unforgiving place if you aren't prepared to deal with it.
The outfitters we have selected offer caribou bowhunts that are based with initial transportation out of Soldatna, King Salmon, and Aniak. For the most part, your August bowhunts will find you hunting bachelor groups of bulls, and they are in velvet until early Sept. Bowhunts in August are usually booked as a week long bowhunt, and in the areas we recommend, it is a two bull limit, and black bear are also in season.. The September bowhunts are often done in combination with moose bowhunts, or combination moose / caribou / grizzly or brown bear bowhunts can also be arranged.
The Barren Ground caribou are generally the largest caribou of the five species from the scoring perspective. A 325" bull is the minimum for P&Y and there are many bulls in the book over 400. Caribou hunting in Alaska is truly an awesome adventure and affordable way to bowhunt the last Frontier. The weather can always be a factor, but under normal circumstances, it is a high success rate bowhunt in some of the most scenic wilderness country in North America.
General Description of Caribou
There are five different species of caribou found in North America, as recognized by the Pope and Young Club. BSC continuously researches the best opportunities for bowhunters to pursue this magnificent antlered game animal. The five species, while all belonging to the same species that includes the domesticated reindeer, are broken into 5 categories, for record keeping purposes, by geographical boundaries. The categories are Woodland (taken only in Newfoundland), Quebec - Labrador (taken in those two providence's), Central Barren Ground (taken on Baffin Island, and in a portion of the NWT's east of the Mackenzie River and west of Hudson's Bay), Mountain Caribou (taken in Alberta, British Columbia, and portions of the Yukon and the MacKenzie Mountains of the NWT's), and Barren Ground Caribou (taken in Alaska, and portions of the Yukon). BSC has a few outfitters we recommend for each species, across North America. Like other species, we have hunted with the vast majority of the outfitters we recommend.
North American Consultant
North American Consultant