Arctic Air Unguided Caribou Hunt

Ptownhunter

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How was your hunt? Did Arctic Air provide the level of service you were looking for?
My buddy and I used them in September of 2017 and we were camped along a river just south of a real big ridge running east/west. It was not far from a small town we flew over about an hour out of kotzebue. We didn't see any caribou on the flight in and were told that we would be moved if we didn't have any animals in a few days. Well we called them after a couple days of nothing and were told that the caribou were about a mile away from us heading right towards us. Hang tight and in 24 hours they will be there. And nothing showed up. We were never moved to a new place and were told that the caribou turned around and went back into the mountains due to the weather warming up. Now all that being said I am looking to go back again but I'm not sure if I'll use them again. Whomever I use I will make it clear that I don't want to be set down until I see some caribou. Good luck on your hunt. And remember they are coming and should be there tomorrow. Lol that's why they call it hunting and not harvesting.



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duckhunterrr

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So it sounds like everyone is satisfied with their experience with Arctic Air? Did any of you check out other companies prior? What made you choose Arctic Air over anyone else?
 

Ptownhunter

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Yes they supplied everything as far as food, tent ECT as described and better. All our gear was brand new except for my cot. The only thing that they didn't do as promised is move us if we weren't seeing any Caribou.

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twincedar

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My buddy and I used them in September of 2017 and we were camped along a river just south of a real big ridge running east/west. It was not far from a small town we flew over about an hour out of kotzebue. We didn't see any caribou on the flight in and were told that we would be moved if we didn't have any animals in a few days. Well we called them after a couple days of nothing and were told that the caribou were about a mile away from us heading right towards us. Hang tight and in 24 hours they will be there. And nothing showed up. We were never moved to a new place and were told that the caribou turned around and went back into the mountains due to the weather warming up. Now all that being said I am looking to go back again but I'm not sure if I'll use them again. Whomever I use I will make it clear that I don't want to be set down until I see some caribou. Good luck on your hunt. And remember they are coming and should be there tomorrow. Lol that's why they call it hunting and not harvesting.



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We had a similar experience. In the course of a conversation advising them of changing weather just as a courtesy since we need they’d be flying, we mentioned the lack of game. The immediate response was that Mike saw a herd a mile to our S and they were headed our way. They didn’t know we were sitting a mile to the S that day, the day prior, and after, and such a herd didn’t exist. So I think that reply may be standard protocol in response to a report of lack of game.
 

TalusHunterCA

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Hmmm...sounds like a Quebec hunt I was on. Drop camp and told us that they would move us if Caribou were not there, but never did.

Any other reports? Which other air transport services might you consider?
 

twincedar

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Hmmm...sounds like a Quebec hunt I was on. Drop camp and told us that they would move us if Caribou were not there, but never did.

Any other reports? Which other air transport services might you consider?
There’s multiple air taxis out of kotz. Think Ram, Golden Eagle, North something. That said Artic Air had guys in that had successful hunts that same week. It’s just luck or the draw if you got dropped in a spot.
 

bighorn

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I used Ram Aviation this year. I had similar worries about Ram because of the reviews they received from the prior owner (now runs Arctic Air). I ended up choosing Ram because they run less hunters through. I was worried about being another “number”, and honestly it paid off. The guys I met at the airport going with Arctic were not that impressed. Overall I was happy with Ram Aviation and his team. I think they all have the same mentality though, get the hunter in and out ASAP. Here is my bull:
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twincedar

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I used Ram Aviation this year. I had similar worries about Ram because of the reviews they received from the prior owner (now runs Arctic Air). I ended up choosing Ram because they run less hunters through. I was worried about being another “number”, and honestly it paid off. The guys I met at the airport going with Arctic were not that impressed. Overall I was happy with Ram Aviation and his team. I think they all have the same mentality though, get the hunter in and out ASAP. Here is my bull:
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That’s an amazing bull. Has just about everything you could ask for. Congrats
 

Ecmiller35

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Hmmm...sounds like a Quebec hunt I was on. Drop camp and told us that they would move us if Caribou were not there, but never did.

Any other reports? Which other air transport services might you consider?
While I was successful with Arctic air this year I was standing at the “air field” and noticed ALL other transporters were running tundra tires and Arctic was running pontoons, when asked about it they got defensive, and said that’s what made them better. All in all I think it severely limited where they could drop us as it had to be a lake, couldn’t be a field or river as many of the other transporters could drop hunters where they wanted


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Jorge400

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I used Ram Aviation this year. I had similar worries about Ram because of the reviews they received from the prior owner (now runs Arctic Air). I ended up choosing Ram because they run less hunters through. I was worried about being another “number”, and honestly it paid off. The guys I met at the airport going with Arctic were not that impressed. Overall I was happy with Ram Aviation and his team. I think they all have the same mentality though, get the hunter in and out ASAP. Here is my bull:
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Nice!
 

AKBorn

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While I was successful with Arctic air this year I was standing at the “air field” and noticed ALL other transporters were running tundra tires and Arctic was running pontoons, when asked about it they got defensive, and said that’s what made them better. All in all I think it severely limited where they could drop us as it had to be a lake, couldn’t be a field or river as many of the other transporters could drop hunters where they wanted


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Great post - that definitely limits the areas that a transporter can fly hunters to. Lots of lakes in Alaska, but not a huge number fit for bush plane takeoffs and landings. Even a small bush plane needs a decent amount of lake for takeoffs with a full load.
 
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