Species: Trophy reindeer ranging from 380 SCI to 500 SCI
Background: These hunts take place in the Aleutian from late September to early November. The animals were introduced from Siberia in the early 1900's as a food source for local villagers and roam freely on the islands. Hunting will be conducted from the main lodge using ATV's to get to the field and then stalking on foot for trophies. In some cases, a remote spike camp may be used depending on the location of the herd relative to the lodge. After the conclusion of the hunt on Umnak Island, some clients will have the chance to pursue unique sea ducks (Aleutian Teal and Harlequin are resident ducks and Eurasian Widgeon may be seen depending on weather and migration). It is extremely important to note that this unique hunting adventure is only possible due to coordination with an organization that helps develop the Aleutian Islands for the benefit of the native citizens. In all cases, hunters are expected to show the native citizens and their customs respect.
Lodging and Food: The main lodging is very comfortable with electricity, hot water, TV, internet etc. And we have home cooked meals for breakfast and dinner with lunch in the field while we hunt.
Terrain and Hunting Style: The terrain is generally rolling hills which are fairly easy to traverse, however there are some deep ravines and areas near the mountain where walking is a bit more difficult. The ground is covered in long grass and some broken rocks – there are no trees or bushes of any kind which gives the islands their unique "stark" look. Each day you will go out into the field via ATV and glass for animals and once a trophy reindeer is located you will make the final stalk on foot. Hunters should be prepared for long rides on ATV's (sometimes 20-30 miles per day) over variable terrain. The stalking part of the hunt can be quite challenging or fairly easy depending on where the animal is located and what the herd is doing. The more conditioning you can do in advance of your trip the better off you will be if you end up in a scenario where a trophy animal is difficult to approach.
Clothing: The weather that makes it so difficult to get to this island can also make staying comfortable challenging. You should come prepared to deal with high winds, heavy rain and temperatures in the 30-50 degree range. Warm clothes that can be layered according to constantly changing conditions are a must. Commercial rain gear is also required – Gort