Deadhorse OUtfitters LLC

CARIBOU PLANNING INFORMATION

EXPECTATION MANAGEMENT:

     First and foremost, understand that Deadhorse Outfitters, LLC is a transporter not a guide. We cannot and will not assist you with anything in the field. You will be required to load and unload your personal hunting gear and your drop camp equipment both at the beginning of your hunt and at the end of your hunt. You will also be required to load and unload your harvested animals onto the boat at the end of your hunt. Please ensure that you or someone in your party is physically able to do so.

     You will be hunting the Central Arctic herd. Please understand that this is the only herd in the North slope that is accessible to hunt by road and has easy river access to Residents (Residents still must have a boat to get 5 miles away from the road to hunt with rifle). We do our best to drop camps in remote areas away from other hunters in locations that the Caribou will be migrating through. This is public land and there are other outfitters up north. We do communicate with the other outfitters and do our best to stay out of each other’s way. There may be a time that you are closer to other hunters than expected. We are continuously doing research and tracking ensuring our drop camps are in the migration path. Please note that we cannot control the Caribou or the weather. The Weather drives the Migration and every year the weather is different, and the Migration starts every year at a different time (Typically middle of July).

     Be prepared to spend many hours walking through Tundra and glassing looking for Caribou, some days there will be multiple groups of Caribou and some days there will be no Caribou as far as you can see. Also, just because you cannot see Caribou does not mean they are not there.

Always keep your head on a swivel. There are many low-lying areas that from afar you can’t see into. Caribou move casually on Tundra at around 10-15MPH you will move at a slow steady pace at around 1 MPH. You cannot chase them!! You can however get in front of them. Just because you see caribou miles out does not mean they cannot be harvested. Plan to walk around 5-15 miles per day. Not 5-15 miles away from camp but in total. Patience is a must!

HUNTING REGULATIONS:

     Review the Alaska Hunting Regulations for GMU 26B. You are hunting this area. Penalties for game violations are severe. Deadhorse Outfitters encourages you to obtain and study the game regulations, so you do not, inadvertently, violate game laws. Please do your research on the difference between a Bull Caribou and Cow Caribou. Both will have antlers and will look the same if you are looking at a younger caribou.

TAGS AND LICENSE:

     Purchase your tags and licenses online, prior to arrival. Your hunting license, fishing license, and harvest tag are printable from the department of fish and game website. The locking tag will mailed to you by the Department of Fish and Game is to be brought with you. This tag takes 4-6 weeks to arrive. You should get your licenses no later than 90 days out. Ensure your Licenses are for the year you are hunting (you must have a hunting license, locking tag, and harvest tag on you at all times in the field). New Licenses come out 1 July of every year. If there are any questions at all on this call Fish and Game to ensure you have the correct License.

  • Hunting license: $160

  • Caribou tag: $650

  • Wolf: $60

  • Wolverine: $350 (not recommended as they are rarely seen)

  • Fishing for 7 days: $70

 

ARRIVING/DEPARTING PRUDHOE BAY:

     It is important when booking your commercial airline tickets to PRUDHOE BAY, AK that you arrive either the day before or the morning of your hunt. Most flights coming into Prudhoe Bay in the morning are overnight flights leaving the day prior and arriving at approximately 0730 the day of your hunt. You may also arrive on the evening flight the day prior to your hunt and stay at the ‘Brooks Camp. We will pick you up from the Brooks Camp on the morning of your 1st scheduled day of your hunt. When booking your flight out of PRUDHOE BAY, AK., you must book your tickets to leave the day after your hunt, this allows for any weather issues, you to get your Caribou meat and mount packaged up, and allows us time to get you into town to start the shipping process for meat. If you schedule your flight out on the same day as the last day of your hunt, we cannot guarantee that you will make your flight.

     Prudhoe Bay is REMOTE and primarily made up of oil workers and construction crews, and as such does not have many of the everyday conveniences, we commonly take for granted. Prudhoe Bay does have a few hotels, referred to as "man camps". The recommended camp is Brooks Camp (907-659-6233). Snacks, souvenirs, and some amenities are available for purchase at a small store across from Brooks Camp. It is not a grocery store or a gear store it is comparable to a small gas station

 

     Once your group has purchased their commercial airline tickets, please forward your itinerary information to us so we have confirmation of your arrival and departure flights. This will allow us to put your information on our schedule and have our personnel on time to meet you at the airport.

 

     A representative of Deadhorse Outfitters will meet you on arrival in Prudhoe Bay or pick you up at Brooks Camp (typically around 0900). After pick up if you rented from DHO Rentals you will be taken to pick up your rental gear. We will then transport you and your gear to the boat launch. Our representative will message you or the hunting party coordinator the day prior with a pickup time. Once we link up with you in Prudhoe Bay, we will provide you with a basic orientation on what to do and not do in the field and basic safety rules for the boat. 

     Please bring a copy of your Transport Contract and DHO Rental Agreement with you. The State of Alaska requires you to have these on your person at all times Please place all paper licenses, tags, and official documents in a waterproof package.

 

     After the brief, you will stage your equipment and supplies on the boat for the trip. It is your responsibility to examine all your items including food, camping equipment, etc. to make sure you have everything you need, and nothing is forgotten. You will also be able to change into your hunting clothes and store any gear that you will not need in the field. When you prepare to load the boat, make sure all your gear is on the boat with you! Staging and loading can be hectic at times and with multiple people trying to help they can grab the wrong stuff. Be responsible for your own gear until you see all of it loaded onto the boat. From the launch, Deadhorse Outfitters will transport you and your group by airboat 25-50 River Miles to your drop camp location. This is a lengthy trip. Be prepared to dress for the weather.

WEAPONS AND AMMO:

     Alaska law does not separate licenses or seasons by weapon type. Both firearms and archery gear are acceptable. Black powder hunting is allowed but only if you are driving to Prudhoe Bay. Airline transport regulations do not allow the transport of black powder or percussion caps. Purchases of these items would need to be in-state, driven to Prudhoe Bay, and disposed of before flying home.

FIREARMS:

     Appropriate caliber choice is important. We recommend .30 caliber or better. Smaller calibers work for Caribou, but you are in bear country and bigger calibers make a better backup in the event you should have a close encounter. More important than caliber is ammunition. Select and sight in your rifle with PREMIUM AMMO. Select premium bonded ammo that shoots well in your weapon. These rounds shoot more consistently, and the bullets perform better. We want you to be successful when the opportunity presents itself. We do not want to see animals wounded or injured that cannot be taken cleanly and recovered promptly. Bullets are the cheapest part of your hunt and perform the largest task. When packing your ammo for your commercial flight it needs to be in the original box or in a container made to hold proper ammo. All persons, in the field, should carry their weapons loaded with an empty chamber. There will be ample time to chamber a round prior to taking your game. Carrying with an empty chamber ensures no accidental discharges from your weapon; it cannot fire if there is no round in the chamber.

ARCHERY:

     As a bowhunter, you should be consistent in hitting your target out to 40 yards or more, both standing and kneeling. The hunting area is primarily open tundra with rolling hills. There are scattered bushes and stunted trees along stream banks and valleys to use as cover. Caribou primarily are seen in open areas, so bow hunters should be prepared for stalks, which require patience and crawling to get within shooting distance.

Alaska bow requirements are:

  • 40lb minimum draw weight for caribou, black bear, Dall sheep, wolf, and wolverine

  • 50lb minimum draw weight for mountain goat, moose, brown bear/grizzly

  • Minimum 7/8” blade

  • 300-grain minimum shaft/tip weight

  • No mechanical broadheads for species requiring the 50lb minimum bow weight

Crossbows are not considered archery in this GMU. They can be used but in Alaska, a crossbow is considered a firearm in most GMUs. You cannot use artificial light optics in the state of Alaska.

 

PREPARING FOR YOUR HUNT:

    The first rule of thumb with caribou hunting in Alaska, or any other big game hunting, expect the unexpected. Your success on an Alaska hunting trip is determined by how much and how well you have planned and prepared for your trip. The success of your trip is more than the harvest. Your overall hunting experience includes all sorts of challenges and rewards beyond a successful harvest. You must accept the fact that there are no guarantees.

 

    Alaska is known for its tough terrain and weather, Big game hunting is not a luxury vacation; instead, prepare to be challenged and to camp in rustic, sparse wilderness conditions. Additionally, be sure your gun handling and hunting skills are top-notch. These trips are not for novices or complainers.

Challenges such as equipment maintenance or repair also add to the adventure. These types of situations distinguish fair chase hunting from controlled shooting experiences. Again, the pursuit is the experience, and knowing personal limitations and thresholds before booking a trip saves everyone potential headaches.

 

You are an experienced hunter; you are ready for the next challenge. You want to visit the remote Arctic and test your hunting skills, away from your daily routine. Taking an Alaskan hunting trip demands a lot of preparation for the hunter. Your success not only depends on the location of the hunt but also on your physical, mental, and logistical planning. The worst thing that most hunters do before taking their Alaska hunting trip is underestimate how much walking/hiking they will do.

Sometimes in order to find the perfect trophy you have to walk through dense alder thickets, muskegs, and even cross creeks. Even if you get lucky and find your trophy bull near your camp, the real work begins after you’ve taken your shot and now must clean and pack up your kill. Starting a physical regiment 4 to 6 months before your trip will have you better prepared for the Alaskan tundra.

 

Your time here is the opportunity of a lifetime; to continue the tradition of caribou hunting that has existed for eons. Your adventure requires nerve, skill, and even some guidance. We are here to help make your experience as successful as possible. Understand legally we are transporters, not guides

WEATHER: 

     Weather is a variable that no one can control. Mentally, we want you to be prepared for bad weather. While in the field, always be mindful of the weather. You are in a remote area and weather issues can be life-threatening. Keep your tent closed while away from camp.

Winds can destroy unsecured flaps and leave you without shelter. The weather can change quickly and bring precipitation; keep rain gear with you when away from your tent. Secure camp supplies from the elements prior to departing camp for the day. As stated previously we make every effort to put you in game-rich areas; however, your success directly relates to the effort you put into your hunt. While it does happen, the likelihood of shooting a trophy caribou from your tent is rare.

    Caribou are out in all types of weather so you might as well be too. As stated above we cannot control the weather, plan for 15-20 mph winds daily, plan for temperatures in the 30s or lower even in early August and plan for it to rain every single day. This is the worst case, but you can always downgrade clothing. There is nothing worse than planning an early August trip and getting caught off guard by winter weather. Obviously the later in the season you go the colder it gets, and the rain turns into snow. Be prepared for the climate you will encounter

 

FOOD/BEVERAGES/WATER:

     Food will not be supplied for your camp you must bring what you want to eat with you and ensure you have enough of it. Please understand if you run out of food, we legally cannot bring you food so again ensure you plan appropriately. (We understand

that our videos state that we provide MREs that will change once we have a chance to re-record our packing video) We recommend Mountain house meals since they are light and easy to pack. If you have rented your drop camp you will have a small cook stove and pots and pans. If you want to cook fish or anything else, you will need to bring oils and seasonings. The weather is typically cool enough to keep things like onions, potatoes, and vegetables if you decide that you would like to bring fresh food. Most of the small villages in Alaska are dry, including Prudhoe Bay. If you wish to have alcohol, you will need to pack it from home or purchase in Anchorage (state law allows only personal consumption amounts in original containers being transported in, and luggage must be labeled to indicate it contains alcohol and all alcohol contents must be declared).

     Water from the rivers in the area is quite safe to drink. If you have rented from DHO Rentals, DHO Rentals supplies a 5-gallon water jug to fill up at the river and keep at your camp for drinking. It is your responsibility to bring water bottles. Water does not need to be boiled before drinking. This area of Alaska does not have pollution or Giardia like many other areas. For your peace of mind, we recommend bringing a filtered water bottle. This will allow you to drink from ANY water source you come across if needed. It is very important to stay hydrated when hunting; drink plenty of fluids constantly. Do not wait until you are thirsty, as you will quickly become dehydrated.

Remember, alcohol and guns do not mix. Please always remember weapons safety, there is absolutely no reason that you should have a round in the chamber at any time unless you are ready to pull the trigger on an animal. Your hunt is conducted in a remote area where accidents are perilous.

 

LUGGAGE INFORMATION:

     Please remember that hunter’s luggage and rifle cases typically look alike. Have your luggage clearly labeled to aid in keeping your gear properly identified. Weight is limited to 70lbs of gear per person. The 70lbs does not include your weapon or what you are wearing on your person. Note, we do not transport hard-sided weapon cases into the field; they are kept in locked storage at the boat launch. Also, do not use extra-large bags or large hard-sided suitcases; they do not fit well into the truck or boat. You are limited to one Dry bag/duffle bag and one empty frame pack/day pack for your gear going out to the field. Please watch our packing videos that will tell you exactly what you need. Review your commercial airline's restrictions on the weight/size of baggage items. Our packing videos are available on our website, Youtube, and Facebook please watch them. You are also limited to one cooler with a maximum weight of 70lbs that we will transport to the field. ** Do not bring more bags or coolers than what is allowed, they will not be transported to the field** If there are special needs or circumstances please let us know prior to your hunt and we will advise you on a way forward.

 

BROOKS CAMP:

     Brooks Camp is whom we utilize as lodging prior to your hunt and after your hunt. This is not a regular hotel that you may be used to and can not be booked through 3rd party entities. Brooks camp is considered a man camp and is constructed primarily for oil workers and construction crews out of Prudhoe Bay. We coordinate every year with Brooks Camp to ensure we have enough space so that all clients can stay there for at least one night (end of the hunt). You will need to reach out to Brooks camp 30 days prior to your hunt and let them know the days you are staying and how many rooms you will need for your stay. They do not have a computer system in place to hold credit cards or hold your room. The staff will put your name on a list and they will charge you for your room after your stay. You will need to let them know that you will need a ride to the airport on the day of your departure. If you are coming in early, please let them know you will need to be picked up as well.

 

DROP CAMP EQUIPMENT RENTAL:

     There are a couple of companies in Fairbanks that you can rent camping gear from there are also companies online. Our recommended company is DHO Rentals. They are the only company we have an agreement with to transport rental gear from Fairbanks, AK to Prudhoe Bay, AK. They are reasonably priced, and we feel they supply everything in the camp pack that you need in the field. Please understand you DO NOT have to rent camping gear you are more than welcome to bring your own gear. If you do choose to rent from DHO Rentals, please visit the DHO Rentals tab to see what is included and request your gear rental. 

     Whether you rent gear or bring your own please bear in mind your REMOTE setting. If you are careless or wasteful with your supplies, you will not have those items for the rest of your hunt.

 

IN-FIELD COMMUNICATIONS:

     You are hunting in a REMOTE wilderness area within the Arctic Circle. Communications are limited in such remote areas. You should have good cell service while in Prudhoe Bay, but there is no cell service from the field. We will not be supplying any type of communication while you are out in the field. Our only source of communication is INREACH. At least one person in your party must have an INREACH so we have some sort of communication with you. You can also bring a satellite phone but that will not be able to communicate with us unless it can send and receive text messages. You will be emailed our INREACH information prior to your trip, we will in turn need your information so we can effectively communicate with you. If more than one person in your party has an INREACH we ask that only 1 person from the group messages us if something is needed. We have multiple groups of hunters on the ground and if all are messaging it gets confusing and some messages will get missed. If you are buying an INREACH for this trip when setting your name up, please make it recognizable. (example: Conn2128@inreach.garmin.com) That way when we receive a message, we know who it is. For your own personal safety, take extra precautions while doing even routine tasks. Unless you can attract someone’s attention, your ability to make contact outside of camp is NEAR IMPOSSIBLE. This is another reason you need an INREACH. During your time in the field you may message us your status. Please note that you may not receive a response depending on what you are messaging. We legally can not provide any hunting information while you are in the field.

 

EARLY REMOVAL FROM THE FIELD:

     Do not plan to be picked up prior to your departure date. If you tag out prior to your departure date, there is plenty of opportunity to fish or hunt wolves (if you have a tag) or Ptarmigans. Be prepared to care for the meat and hide for the full 8 days you will not be taken in early.

REQUESTING CAMP MOVE:

      We do not offer the opportunity to request a camp move. Due to past issues with clients and unrealistic camp move requests we can no longer offer this. We spend a lot of time studying the herd and do our best to place you where you will be successful. Unfortunately, there are a lot of variables that go into migration. We understand that it's very frustrating when there are no caribou moving. Unfortunately, as previously stated we can not control the Caribou all we can do is attempt to predict movement based on experience in the Area.

 

FISHING:

     Your drop camp will be situated next to a river. The rivers in this area have Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, and Arctic Grayling. If you are interested in fishing, you should bring light, packable spinning gear (8-10lb line) and a few small spoons and spinners (Pixie’s, Mepp’s, or similar). You will need an Alaska fishing license to fish.

 

WOLVES:

      This area does have a good population of wolves, which are huntable. If you are interested in trying to harvest a wolf, you should buy a wolf tag when getting your hunting license. Harvested wolves must be skinned (both hide and skull) for transport out of the field. There is no trophy fee or added charge to transport wolf hides from the field. Please keep in mind that if you harvest a wolf it must be sealed by DF&G prior to it leaving the state. Currently, we are authorized to seal them at the boat launch but that may change from year to year. If you have to have your wolf sealed by DF&G there are two ways to do this #1 You can send the wolf to a taxidermist in Fairbanks and they will get your information and seal it for you then prepare it how you would like. #2. You extend your flight in Anchorage or Fairbanks, Ship the wolf to yourself and take care of the sealing at DF&G. There is not anywhere to seal animals in Prudhoe Bay.

 

PTARMIGAN:

     The season for Ptarmigan is from 10 August thru April. There are plenty of Ptarmigan to harvest up in the area you will be hunting. There is no special license or tag required for a Ptarmigan hunt. The hunting license that you bought for your Caribou hunt is enough. Please ensure you read and understand the regulations on bag limits. If you would like to bring a shotgun with you or a .22 you are welcome to it adds a little fun to your trip after you harvest a Caribou.

 

BEARS:

     Welcome to grizzly country! Respect them. Be mindful of them. Watch for them. If spotted from a distance, avoid them if possible. Generally, they do not want to be near you, however, if startled or you come upon their food, they can be aggressive. If you encounter a grizzly, make noise– YELL continuously. Stand up; make yourself appear as large as possible. Do not cower or run. Defend yourself only if absolutely necessary. Most encounters result in bears walking away. Check your hunting regulations; you CANNOT shoot a bear to reclaim your trophy. You can move to a position that allows your scent to carry to the bear. This will often cause them to leave, or you can yell to scare them off. Be swift in your recovery of meat/trophy if a bear has been on your kill site, they will return. If a bear has claimed your kill and ruined the meat, you are not required to salvage it. However, you will need to document the location and happenings (i.e., GPS coordinates, and photos).

MUSKOX:

     You may see many Muskox in the area. These are magnificent animals and will mossy through your camp. Please take lots of pictures but ensure to leave them alone they can get very aggressive.

 

KEEPING WARM:

     Moisture is your enemy! Your sleeping bag will hold moisture. A few days of moisture buildup may make your bag lose a significant amount of insulation ability. Open your bags and hang to let them dry. Dry wet or damp clothing in the sun or next to a small fire. Be careful of fire, the “done” v.s “ruined” amount of heat is a small window! Damp clothing can be worn in your sleeping bag and your body heat will dry it overnight. Utilize layering of clothes during the day but do not overdress while hiking. Your body will generate heat to stay warm and sweating will make you cold for hours. Take off what you do not need and carry extra clothing in your pack for use while sitting.

CARE OF MEAT and TROPHIES:

     ALL EDIBLE MEAT MUST BE SALVAGED (including rib and neck meat). We strongly suggest that the front and hindquarters stay on the bone until removed from the field (or consumed) this allows for the meat to appropriately case and not spoil while in the field. It is each hunter’s responsibility to assure the quality and condition of his or her game meat and trophies. Under no circumstances will Deadhorse Outfitters accept responsibility for any damage, loss, or spoilage. At camp, keep your meat out of the direct sun and a short distance away from your camp. Set the meat so it can cool and allow air to circulate around it. Do NOT put meat in a pile; it will quickly spoil. Per Alaska state law, you CAN NOT remove antlers from the kill site until ALL salvageable meat has been removed. BY LAW, DEADHORSE OUTFITTERS  MUST REPORT ALL WANT AND WASTE AND ANY ILLEGAL HUNTING VIOLATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME. As stated previously the new regulations come out on July 1st of every year. It is your responsibility to read and understand the regulations.

 

FIELD CARE OF TROPHIES:

     Do not get in a big hurry with your knife. Make sure your weapon is safe, secure your tag on your trophy, and complete your harvest ticket. Take time to clean up, pose and take some good photos of your animal. Consider lighting and fill the frame with hunter and trophy. Take multiple shots in several different poses. Do not straddle or sit on your trophy; these do not yield quality photos. Prop the animal up and sit, or kneel, behind it. We recommend you consult with your taxidermist for instructions on the cape and fleshing if you are not familiar with how to perform these important tasks. You will want to be prepared for your knowledge of field dressing and meat packaging We also recommend splitting the skull caps on all caribou. You or your taxidermist can easily put them back together. This will save hundreds of dollars on shipping fees.

     While in the field, keep your capes open and out of the direct sun; preferably hung in a small tree or bush for air circulation and cooling. The cool nights will help drastically. It is your responsibility to know how to properly care for and process your animal from the time you pull the trigger to the time we get you to Alaska Air Cargo in Prudhoe Bay. There are many Taxidermists in the Fairbanks and North pole area please reach out to them regarding velvet and hide care in the field they are the subject matter experts. If you plan to have your mount done in Alaska, please do your research on the one that will fit your needs the best. If you choose to have your animal taxidermy done here in Alaska, ensure that whomever you choose will pick up your trophy in Fairbanks at Alaska Air Cargo.

CAMPSITE:

     Hunters are responsible for the set-up and teardown of their own tents and camping equipment. Prior to setting up your camp look around the immediate area; try to locate your tent(s) next to trees/bushes that will serve as protection from the wind. Look for a level spot to set up, take time to remove small/sharp twigs, and level the ground surface prior to placing your tent. A few minutes preparing the ground will be well worth the time. Keep food items out of and a short distance away from your tent. Keep food in the totes with the lids on to reduce scent and protect your cache from rodents. Make sure you set a waypoint in your GPS with your camp location. Look at your surroundings, and study the hills and valleys around you to help familiarize yourself with the area.

     Consider burning food items, which are odorous or greasy. Please be sure to bag up metal and other garbage items to be hauled out, this is essential to prevent problems with bears, predators, and rodents. We practice “leave no trace” camping, therefore, do not bury or leave trash behind – it must be picked up and hauled out **Bring a couple of trash bags with you**. Camp clean-up is each hunter’s responsibility -- leave the camp in a condition you would like to find it. You may make small campfires. Use of downed or dead wood products is permissible. Keep fires small and be certain they are dead out when not attended.

 

USING THE BATHROOM:

     Inevitably you will need to use the bathroom when at camp. A cathole (though traditionally used for shortstops) is really the best method for this and needs to be properly done to ensure there is no trace left for anyone following you. A cathole should be dug at least 12 inches deep and be at least 200 feet (75 steps) from water, campsites, and trails. Be sure to cover it with soil when you're done and camouflage the site with leaves or ground cover so you Leave No Trace. Catholes are traditionally meant for one-time use. Obviously, you and your hunting party will be using the cathole more than one time while you are in the field. We strongly recommend that your cathole be dug in deeper and you ensure that toilet paper is either collected after each use or pushed into the cathole so that it does not blow away. Prior to leaving your campsite, it is your responsibility to ensure all human waste is buried and appropriately taken care of. DO NOT leave land mines for other hunters following you; this is unsanitary and rude. We also recommend that you identify one location to urinate and dig another small cathole or “soak pit” for urine. You should use the same rules as setting up your cat hole.

 

PRE-PICKUP:

     We will contact you the day prior to your pickup day to ensure you know a rough time of pick up. On your pick-up day, please have all gear packed up, the campsite cleaned, and all feces/toilet paper properly buried. Please ensure all burnable trash is burned and buried. All other trash is your responsibility to bring out of the field and dispose of. We do not take care of your personal trash.

Depending on the weather, you may need to keep a tent up for shelter. If this is the case be prepared to tear your tent down promptly. Your pick-up time will be messaged to you the day prior, so you know a rough estimated time of pick-up. Please be patient if we are not there at the exact time coordinated; many variables play a part in getting up and down the river.

 

SHIPPING MEAT AND MOUNT:

     You are solely responsible for the packaging of your trophy and meat. Make sure you do your research so that you do this effectively for transportation.  Hunters wishing to take the meat home with them, you can purchase all packaging material and wax boxes from us ($40 cash per caribou) or purchase from Alaska Air Cargo in Prudhoe Bay. Alaska Airlines allows wax boxes to be checked as luggage or shipping can be through Alaska Air Cargo. For those wishing to donate meat, you must complete a transfer of possession form (we have them).

Deboning meat can be done at your camp or at the boat launch; it is not allowed anywhere in Prudhoe Bay due to the risk of attracting bears and unwanted guests.

Once you and your animal are picked up and brought back to the boat launch you will have the opportunity to debone and package your meat and mount up for shipping if you choose to purchase our packaging material ($40 Cash per caribou). All deboning, meat packaging, antler preparation and skull wrapping is your responsibility. We may provide assistance if time permits but please understand that we have other responsibilities. Do your research on how to properly cape the skull, wrap antlers for shipping, and split the skull plate (you will need a saw). Alaska Air Cargo will not take any packages that are leaking fluids or have the potential to leak. Unless you plan to do a Euro mount you do not need to take the entire skull with you.

Alaska Air Cargo is in Prudhoe Bay and they also have everything you need to ship your animal to your home. When we take you back to Prudhoe Bay, we will get you to Alaska Air Cargo. We have a Known Shipper Number that you are welcome to utilize to save money on your shipment. there are a couple of different ways to ship your mount #1) You can ship your antlers through Antler express. Doing it this way you must have all hide and meat off the skull prior to shipping. When shipping this route your skull and antlers will be shipped to Anchorage then picked up by FedEx and shipped through FedEx to your location of choice has historically been more expensive. #2) You can ship your mount through regular cargo. This has been historically less expensive. #3) Meat and horns may be flown with checked bags. Numbers 2 and 3 allow for you to keep the hide and meat on the skull. If you select this option, your mount will be packaged and held in the Alaska Air Cargo freezer. Please know that your meat and or hide may not be fully frozen at the time of shipment. Due to this, we suggest you ship at least 72 hours after to ensure your meat, hide, and antlers are frozen before leaving Deadhorse.

Throughout this document, Deadhorse Outfitters has tried to cover what we think is important for you to know about your hunt and the area you will be hunting. We know that it is impossible to cover all questions that could arise while you are preparing for your trip. You can email or call at any time during your planning phase and we will gladly provide you with information. We will reach out as your trips get closer to ensure you are prepared and have all the information needed.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: Jeremy Conn at (907) 669-2280 or deadhorseoutfitters@gmail.com

Thank you for allowing Deadhorse Outfitters the opportunity to provide you the HUNT of a LIFETIME! We look for