Arctic Air Unguided Caribou Hunt

Mudslinger

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Well, I started this discussion last February so I thought I would weigh in. Sheila has been awesome to deal with. We are booked for end of August through first week of September 2019. Obviously a lot can go wrong on this trip but we are ever hopeful. It seems like a number of parties had tough hunting in 26 this fall. We are hoping to see lots of caribou with Arctic Air in 2019 and even shoot four. Any advice on essential vs. non-essential gear would be appreciated. We are well organized, but our biggest conundrum is whether to bring stocking foot waders and wading boots or Muck style boots as the second pair (we all have good mountain boots). Any thoughts? We do plan on fly fishing when not hunting so that is why we were planning on the lightweight waders.
My opinion would be to wear stocking foot waders. That is what we did last year and wore them when we left camp and also when we fished. They don't weigh much and I don't mind wearing them. We however didn't go over a mile away from camp hunting since we had luck within a mile of camp. Another couple guys that were on another lake with arctic air had hip waders and they said they couldn't get across the river or stream that they were by with them. This is only my second time hunting in Alaska and I wore the chest stocking waders both times and I'm glad I had them instead of muck boots or hip waders. Just my two cents.
 

Rich M

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My opinion would be to wear stocking foot waders. That is what we did last year and wore them when we left camp and also when we fished. They don't weigh much and I don't mind wearing them. We however didn't go over a mile away from camp hunting since we had luck within a mile of camp. Another couple guys that were on another lake with arctic air had hip waders and they said they couldn't get across the river or stream that they were by with them. This is only my second time hunting in Alaska and I wore the chest stocking waders both times and I'm glad I had them instead of muck boots or hip waders. Just my two cents.
We use the Cabelas breathable waders, sometimes you can get em for $100/pair. Bass Pro has a version that is light nylon with a poly coating on the inside that used to be like $70. I wore 1 pair duck hunting every weekend during the season for 4 or 5 years before they began to leak. Used canvas high top sneakers for my "boots".
 

TSAMP

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Jul 16, 2019
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Hi Guys, Just registered new member here. Came across the thread and see that many of your hunts are approaching. Myself and a buddy are jumping into a last min hunt with Sheila as well last week of August, as in next month. Everybody still happy with all communication etc? Jumping in last minute just trying to gather as much intel as i can.
 
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