common questions about Deadhorse outfitters and our services. If you don't see your questions here please contact us and we will get your questions answered
What does the $2,800 Cover?
Your $2,800 is a transporter fee
The details of that are as follows:
- We pick you up in Prudhoe Bay Alaska either at the airport or Brooks Camp
- We transport you to the boat launch (73 miles south of Prudhoe Bay)
- We transport you to a drop camp location on either the Ivishack or Echooka river systems
- We pick you back up and get you back to boat launch then Prudhoe Bay
- We assist you in Prudhoe Bay with shipping and get you to the hotel
Is there a weight Limit?
There is a 70lb weight limit for your drybag and frame pack (combined). There is also a 70lb weight limit for the cooler that is going into camp. there is no weight limit for your weapon, cloths/gear you are wearing
What about Bears?
We have never had any issues with bears, You will see bears in the distance but I can assure you that they are as affraid of you as you are of them. We have never had bears come into camp either even with meat in camp.
PLEASE NOTE: Just because bears have not been an issue in the past does not mean that they can not become one. Please educate yourself on Grizzly Bear and understand how to react if you should walk up on one or be approached.
Can I add a tent to our drop Camp?
Additonal tents cost $150. We prefer to know that you want an additional tent as far in advance as possible so we can plan appropriatley. If you decide on the day that you arrive you may not recieve an additional tent due to availablilty.
Are the tags draw tags or over the counter?
All tags are over the counter and can be obtained on Alaska Department of Fish and Game Website
How do I book my hunt
Look for the tab on our website "Book a Hunt" this will take you to the page that is needed to be filled out and sent. Please ensure that you double check the calendar to ensure the dates you want are open. **Note each "OPEN" on the calendar is a person not a party.
Once you have completed that form it is emailed to us. We take that information add you to the calendar and build your invoices. We will email you to let you know that we have received your hunt form and to let you know that your invoice has been sent.
If I harvest a Caribou early will you pick up my meat early?
You need to be prepared to manage meat care while you are on the ground. We recommend that you contact an Alaska taxadermist to discuss meat care and velvet care.
There are exceptions. It rarely happens but if we feel like the temperatures are to warm for meat to case and keep appropriatly we will do what we can to get the meat off the ground and back to freezers.
Should I rent or buy a satelite phone?
We do not use Satelite phones we use Garmin InReach to communicate. We ask that you buy or rent an InReach that will ensure that you can communicate with us. Even though some Satelite phones can text message not all will connect and communicate with InReach.
If you do arrive without a Sat phone and no inreach you will not be able to communicate with us in the feild.
Do I need a permit to carry a sidearm?
No you do not and we do recommend that you have a sidearm while you hunt. Though bears have never been an issue it does not mean its not a possiblilty.
What Airport do I fly into?
For Caribou you will fly into Prudhoe Bay Alaska
For Moose you will fly into Fairbanks Alaska and then fly with wright air service into Coldfoot
Can I harvest Ptarmigan?
Sure! It is Ptarmigan season up here 10 August - 15 June, and they are generally everywhere.
But, we should warn you that shooting at the birds will likely scare away the caribou.
Soooooo… it’s up to you – after all, caribou are the main reason for your visit and we don’t want you to come away with just a handful of feathers and no antlers! Or, bear the scorn of your fellow hunters for scaring the game away.
How do I transport my rifle?
You will want to bring your rifles in hard cases on the airlines to and from Prudehoe Bay or Cold Foot.
However, when you get to our Boat Launch, you will be required to remove them from the hard cases and put them in your soft cases in an effort to save room on the airboat. HARD CASES WILL NOT BE LOADED ON THE BOAT TO GO OUT IN THE FIELD – BE SURE YOU BRING A SOFT CASE WITH YOU IN YOUR GEAR!
The hard cases and any items you bring with you that you won’t need in the field can remain in our locked storage containers until you return from your hunt.
We always like to make sure our hunters know this – as someone ALWAYS shows up and forgets to bring their soft case with them. Most hunters don’t want to travel with their rifles exposed, but space is tight – especially on the way back – and the hard cases just won’t fit.
Do you offer fly in hunts?
No we do not
We transport by Airboat only
Can I link Global Rescue with my InReach SOS
Yes you can,
When you set up your emergency contacts on your Inreach put Global Rescue number (+16174594200) in as one of your emergency contacts with a note that you have rescue insurance through Global Rescue.
Your SOS Button is monitored by GEOS if something should happen that you have to hit your SOS button GEOS Reaches out to your emergency contacts and stays in touch with them through the whole event. We have been told by GEOS and Global rescue that once that contact is made GEOS will hand over all coordinations to Global Rescue and Globel rescue will message you back and coordinate all needed Medical Evacuation assests if need.
Please Keep in mind we have not tested this but we do know that even if the hand off does not happen GEOS will ensure you are taken care of.
If I don't rent a drop camp and bring my own what is my weight limit?
Our drop camp weighs around 100-125lbs total weight for a camp set up for 6. I you bring your own drop camp equipment you will need to stay 125lbs or below.
Can I stay longer than 8 days?
Our scheduled hunts are 8 days long and we have other clients coming in.
When is the best time to hunt?
There is really no best time to hunt, we see Caribou movment througout the entire month of August through September. Sometimes depending on the weather the 1st week of August may be a little slow but that is not always the case.
The biggest difference between early season and late season is below:
- Early season: 1st of August though around the 20th of August
- Warmer weather
- More daylight
- More bugs
- Caribou are in Velvet
- Late Season: 20th of August through 15 Sep
- Colder weather (freezing temperatures at night)
- Less daylight
- Less bugs do to freezing weather at night
- Caribou start coming out of velvet the last week of August
Please explain the Walk-on hunts?
** NOTE: Walk-on hunts may or may not be available depending on the year and what our client load looks like***
Our Walk-on hunts are space and time available hunts. They are $1,000 per person (No military discount will be applied to this hunt) When you arrive as a walk-on we will do the best we can to get you out as soon as possible but please understand we have scheduled clients coming in and going out so it may be the same day it may be longer.
Drop camp rentals are typically not available for Walk-on Hunts, This is because our Drop Camps are set up for those that have booked a hunt and are scheduled. Occasionally we do have extra camps available for rent but do not plan on it if you are going to be a Walk-on.
Your payment can be in cash or you can contact Jeremy Conn at 907-669-2280 to pay prior to coming up. If you are already on the haul road and decide to have us transport you Jeremy can be InReached your CC information to Jeremy at 907-687-5690 (Name on card, card number, expiration date, 3 digits on the back, and zipcode for card) we will also need email and phone number so we can send you a receipt. There is a 3.5% processing fee for paying this way.
Do you drop us off in front of the herd?
There is no in front of the herd really, The Caribou migrate South through the months of July, August, September, and October to their breeding grounds in the Brooks Range. They do not move as one unit so there are roughly 38,000 Caribou moving South. We do hoever put you in their migration path so Caribou will be moving though your drop camp location.
What is your maximum number or minimum number of people you will transport?
6 is the maximum number we can transport on the boat so with that said that is the largest hunting party we will transport to the field.
our minimum is 1 (Solo) unlike some organizations we will transport Solo hunters to the field.
Will I see other people?
the upfront answer to this is YES you will most likely see other people. There are a few reasons for this.
#1: You and your hunting party are not the only hunting party we have on the ground and with the area being so large and open you will see other camps through your spotting scope and bino's. With that said we place camps 4-8 miles apart so though you can see them you are not close to them at all.
#2: There is another outfitter up there and though we communicate with their outfit we are both strategically placing camps on two different river systems.
#3: This is probably the biggest one, You are hunting public land and local hunters will at times bring their own boats and go up river to hunt. typically hunters are curtious and stay out of your way and out of range but there are times where they are not.
Does my hunting party have to drive to the boat launch?
Unless you want to drive to us from Fairbanks you are not required to. We will pick you up in Prudhoe Bay and get you to the boat launch.
What is your success rate on Caribou and Moose hunts?
We average a 90% success rate on our Caribou hunts.
We average a 33% success rate on our Moose hunts. This hunt is an antler restricted hunt for non-resident hunters. (50" or 4 brow tine minimum)