A herd of caribou

Bulls of the Last Frontier: A hunt for caribou in the Alaskan wilderness. By James Reed

“We need to get that boy a caribou,” Dom Watts said.

Dom had just heard the story of my son Logan’s Idaho bighorn sheep hunt, and the great attitude and perseverance the fourteen-year-old had exhibited in challenging conditions. Dom lives in Alaska and is an avid DIY caribou hunter, and he was already setting the wheels in motion to get Logan to Alaska on his first caribou hunt.

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A bull caribou standing in a river


Caribou is well adapted to life in tundra and boreal woods. Many kinds of caribou are recognized, including barren ground, Quebec and Labrador, woodland and mountain caribou. Some populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, but most are healthy and licenses are available over the counter. The greatest secret of caribou hunting is combination of stalking and ambushing, and (for tundra caribou) timing the trip to migration. Caribou hunting requires travel to remote areas and are hard to do for a non-resident without an outfitter or licensed guide.

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