All of our caribou & moose hunts are based out of Kotzebue, Alaska, which is approximately 33 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Plan on departing from your location and taking a commercial flight into Anchorage, AK. Overnight in Anchorage and jump on an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Kotzebue on the first flight out the next morning (the day you are scheduled to fly into the field).
The caribou migration is one of the great marvels of North American wildlife. Because of their large size, it’s a fact that caribou are fast, they can run up to 50 miles per hour. They often have been known to go as far as 35 miles a day. Our focus is the Western Arctic Caribou Herd, the largest caribou herd in Alaska, with estimates of 250,000 members. Which are primarily known as the barren-ground subspecies and are prized for the antlers of the bull. Herd numbers are cyclical and the total estimates affect each year’s harvest quota. Very often people still confuse these animals as their counterpart, the reindeer. Although in Alaska, that name “Reindeer” is used for a more domesticated variety that is often herded by native peoples OR more popularly known as “Rudolf, Dancer, Prancer & Vixon”! On average, hunters harvest about 16,000 caribou in Alaska each year and our work is to help you in this harvest.
Why book an Alaskan hunt with us?
You are an experienced hunter, but 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 your physical, mental and logistical planning. The worst thing that most hunters do before taking their Alaska hunting trip is underestimating 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 not to mention maybe even hiking up a mountain each day. But 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 have to 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.
On these Alaskan caribou hunts, we have been taking hunters into the wild from Kotzebue longer than anyone else. We learned our trade working with some of the legendary bush pilots and flying around the state. We are your best source for guidance in this challenging environment.
When you are out in the arctic you have to be prepared for anything. Our experience is essential to your trip. As a path to preparation, we have brought together some of the things we have learned and made them available on this website. Browse this website, follow the links, view the images, and download the “Welcome Pack.” Your Alaska caribou hunting adventure begins with proper planning and now is the time to get started!
When you’re ready, we’ll be waiting.
RAM AVIATION is based out of Kotzebue, Alaska. This village is about 30 miles North of the Arctic Circle. It sits on a small peninsula that is almost completely surrounded by water, making it almost an island. The majority of the people living here are the native Inupiak people. There isn’t a lot of resources here, so rely on RAM AVIATION to help you organize your next trip of a lifetime in some of the most remote and beautiful country in the world.
Bryan and Julie Alberts, are the owners of RAM AVIATION, Bryan was born and raised in Alaska and has been a Bush pilot most of his life. Their commitment to excellence and customer service has earned them our Platinum Approved Outfitters status. So, if you are looking for a world-class trophy Alaskan hunt for moose, caribou, sheep, bear or even a fishing expedition to float down some of their many river ways, then RAM AVIATION is for you! Caribou and moose can be done without a guide for nonresidents of Alaska, but the other big game animals require a guide. Their professional pilots are very knowledgeable on the best areas for your hunting and fishing expedition. They are more than happy to transport you and your gear or supply you with the gear for a fantastic hunt or fishing adventure.
When searching for a Do it yourself caribou hunt, there are many things to take into consideration. By hunting with RAM AVIATION, we did not need to rent a car, we were able to fly a commercial flight all the way into Kotzebue, Alaska and get picked up by RAM AVIATION. The cost of the needed food and camp rental could be included in the package making them not only a high quality place, but one of the most affordable ways to pursue barren ground caribou on a budget.
– written by Raymond Kemper