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Cabela's Hunts
Posted by Kirk on Apr 21 2006
I booked an outfitted/unguided caribou hunt through Cabela's Booking Service in 2002 back when the Mulchatna herd was getting absolutely pounded.  I had no complaints, but their booking service didn't do a heck of a lot for us, other than take our money and forward it to the outfitter.   During my research I found out who the outfitter was that they were booking hunts with and called them, I disclosed right away that I had already talked with Cabela's and if I booked a hunt, I'd be going through Cabela's and not direct.    The price either way was identical but I thought it was just the right thing to do.  I have to say that after we booked they sent about a 3 page letter on what to bring and expect.   The outfitter was a class act, and performed as well as anyone could expect.   Hunting wasn't great, but we've hunted enough to know that's how it can go.  Nobody's fault.   The main reason we went through Cabela's was that we felt if we did have a problem with the outfitter we'd have someone with some clout on our side.  Thankfully, it wasn't needed.  They also recommended a motel in Anchorage, we booked our air tickets on our own though, cheaper and easier.

My fear with the Western Arctic Herd is that it will get pounded the same way the Mulchatna did a few years ago.  Seems everyone is going to Kotzebue these days.   When we flew to the Mulchatna we were a loooong ways from Anchorage (3 airplane rides) and we ran into camps of other hunters on all four sides of us, plus planes in the air every hour that was fit to fly.

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