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HUNTING ALASKA YUKON MOOSE
For many of us having hunted other commonly hunting species such as deer, elk, upland bird, waterfowl, it is without saying that we all have the desire to hunt something out of the norm. I would have to say moose hunting would be at the top of our bucket list and I don't mean just any moose, but the almighty majestic Alaskan Yukon Moose. I'm here today to say you can! That is if you really want to!
Like everything else it will take effort on your part in logistically planning the when, where, and the big question how much!
So the question remains, If you had the opportunity would you?
Let's just say without hesitation you said yes!
We at Hunting Gear Outfitters can help, no we can't tell you the exact waypoint location, what we can do is enlighten you with basic information and that it is possible to do it self-guided and under $3,000.00 or less. If you had the opportunity would you?
Let me give you a little background on our experience, first I have never hunted Alaska with a guide not because I wouldn't it's more like I couldn't afford one. So after nearly 2 decades of self-guided adventures in Alaska hunting caribou, moose, black bear and wolf I have been blessed with two all-time record book animals along with other fine trophies. Like you! It started with a dream and a desire.
I started with the same information and procedure you're going to learn here by using these methods and lots of planning and internet scouting, I went hunting Moose in Alaska and shot at my first moose on opening day and it made all-time record B&C. Then a few years following I went on a repeated once in a lifetime hunt and shot another record book moose on opening day, what luck you might say, well yes luck plays a big part of it, but I would have to say it was a long year of studying the area, I had committed in the hunt.
With many hours of online scouting, talking to biologists, reading hunting forums, watching YouTube videos and learning how to imitate moose calling.
Let's get started by answering a few common questions we receive.
Q: Can I hunt Alaska without a guide
A: Yes you can hunt Alaska without a guide, for moose, caribou, black bear and wolf. You can't hunt
grizzly, sheep, or goat
Q: When are the hunting tag drawings
A: Select unit locations are drawn only and that is pending what you are hunting
Q: How much are the tags
A: In Alaska you must purchase hunting license before you can purchase tags
Moose 400.00, Caribou 325.00, Black Bear 250.00 Wolf 30.00
Q: What are Alaska game tags
A: Tags are a metal locking device with a stamped serial number, a serial number that is registered to
you. When you hunt in Alaska, you're required to purchase tags for each species being hunted. The
tags must be locked attached to the rack or cape or hide, this is in addition to filling out the paper for a license.
Do you want to Hunt Big Game in Alaska - If you had the opportunity would you? If the answer is yes...let's get started!
Familiarize yourself with the Alaska Fish and game website http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/ Then look over Alaska Fish and Game page - Alaska General Hunting Information http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hunting.general
The above web page you'll find the answers and help to many questions and concerns that go into far more detail than we do.
Now that you have the basic knowledge of the hunting seasons, laws and unit map etc.
You now need to find a hunting partner
Hunting partner - you're not doing this alone. When we talk of a hunting partner there are a number of key aspects in finding the right person. You must ask yourself the following questions when you are considering that partner/person
Can I spend the next 15+ days with him or her
Can they afford such a hunt
Will they commit without the risk of them backing out at the last minute
Let's start with the first question:
You may say "sure I hunt with this person every year with no underlying problems" if that's your answer good.
If not in short find someone else!
The person you hunt with must be trusted to watch your back literally!
Attitude - Are they positive or negative, short tempered, quick to judge are they hard to get along with? Are they hard working, positive, and willing and able in handle their fair share of work and cost, if that's a yes then he or she is a good candidate.
Can they afford the hunt - Many of us want to hunt in Alaska and many other locations and species around the world but many of us simply can't afford to spend the extra money to do so. This website page was created to inform you of Alaska's self-guided possibilities that is unless you can afford 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 and that's just the guide, it doesn't include all the logistics and costs before your in the hands of your guide oh and let's not forget gratuity and trophy fees.
Guided or Unguided Alaska Moose Hunt - We by no means cut the services of a guide and outfitters. According to some governing laws, they are required for you to hunt the state or unit or dangerous game species. For those with the money and don't have the time or unfortunately physically unable to hunt self-guided.
That person you're considering - This is possibly the most important question of all.
Your life can depend on the actions of your hunting partner, Alaska can be a grueling test of wills and can find a way of bringing out the worst in a person or possibly the very best. When dealing with all of the ups and downs of the itinerary, the hustle so you don't miss a flight, constantly moving gear, changing of plans, are they willing to go the extra mile, are they mentally and physically prepared, are you mentally and physically prepared, there are so many questions and unknowns to both you and the person you bring hunting. On a lighter note if you have or know just the right person you will have the time of your life whether you shoot anything or not, if you both fill your tags well you'll have the best hunt ever!
You need to find a unit - Start by searching the web for current successful hunting stories, a search for questions and answers on hunting forums, purchase the latest in the Boone and Crockett record book, here you'll find valuable information on who, where and time they killed. Take this book and start by studying the unit or area that is mentioned most. We can't give you specific locations, but with a little effort, you'll find that special unit by using the above methods.
Qualify the hunting unit - A part of your hunting unit search and unit consideration. Let's say you found that promising unit to hunt moose, but after some research you found that the unit is by draw only. If the hunting unit is an over the counter unlimited tag unit great!
When is the hunt, these dates are important Ex: September 1st - September 15th, how are you getting into the hunt unit, drop hunt or float hunt.
Let's say you're going to float hunt - Now you need to find an air taxi that can drop you into your hunt unit according to your hunt date, next you will need to locate a raft rental, and schedule your commercial flight from home to Anchorage or Fairbanks. Once all of these items are complete and you find that everything is allowing you to move forward with actually scheduling your hunt.
Your Dream is Coming True - Now that all is scheduled and booked you can now move forward with gathering and qualifying the gear you have and the evaluating of gear you' will need to purchase. Remember you do not have to buy everything at once, you can purchase items over an affordable period of time.
Gear - Look Over Our Gear List - Qualify the Gear You Have - Purchase Necessary Gear
Study the Animal You Intend to Hunt - Educate yourself in what they eat, their habitat, mating period, studying the sound and learn to imitate their calls.
How Do I Get Game Meat Home - Assuming your heading back to the lower 48. The reverse process can be as complicated as when you headed into the bush. Once we arrive back in Anchorage or Fairbanks we purchase Fish Boxes - Plastic Trash Bags - Box Tape - Duct Tape - Garden Hose - Cooler - Black Marker - Use the marker to write name and address
Fish Boxes - Plastic Bags - Box Tape - are for deboning game meat and packaging. Place the meat in the plastic bag and in the box, leaving a small space at the top allowing room for 5 lbs of dry ice. The tape is to close the box, duct tape doesn't adhere well to cardboard. Take the full boxes to a local cooler/freezer for storage until your scheduled departure.
The Garden Hose - Duct Tape - The duct tape and Garden hose is used to place over the tips of all the points on each antler. The duct tape is to hold the short 2" hose pieces in place. Read: Trophy Rack
Cooler - The cooler is for the bloody smelly trophy cape. Place the salted cape in the heavy duty bag, then place in cooler, next wrap the cooler with duct tape. TSA may want to inspect the cooler so you may want to wait until after. Read: Trophy Cape Care
Trophy Rack - First your trophy rack is at least 50" wide and or has 4 brow points or more. No, I'm not a visionary but it's the law for all non-resident hunters. So let's say you harvest a minimum sized rack, and you know the rack will not score in the record books. Take the rack and cut it from the skull plate (retain skull plate for your taxidermist) then lay racks into one another like two stacked dinner plates. Wrap the two together as tightly as possible, next place the bundle into a large, sturdy box enough to house both halves of the rack. Use the above hose and duct tape wrap method. Be sure to securely wrap the box with tape. Use clothes or sleeping bag as a filler. This will now be shipped via UPS, US mail, FedEx or checked-in with you and your departure plane.
Key Required product items - Caribou Gear Game Bags, Alaskan Salt Transport Bag and Citric Acid Spray, Sharp Knife.
Trophy Cape Care - Assuming you plan on having your trophy mounted. As funny as it may seem many hotels will accommodate the needs of a successful hunter so it's not unusual to see someone removing game meat particles and salting their cape somewhere in the far reaches of the hotel property. If not find a park or a hotel that has a freezer to store your game meat, fish and a place to salt and flesh the cape.
Salt should have already been applied on your cape in the field, remember the cape will need additional fleshing and salt. By salting the cape it helps keep from spoiling and ultimate hair slippage if slippage does occur it will likely render it useless. The idea is to preserve the cape long enough until you get it to your taxidermist back home. In town, you will need at least 12 pounds of (basic everyday salt). Open the cape flesh side up and remove as much meat from the cape as possible (No need to flesh lips or turn out ears). Apply salt to all areas and crevices of the cape. Allow the cape to sit as long and safely as possible. Next, roll flesh to flesh take this bundle and insert back into a 28x60 game bag, then insert the bundle into the transport cooler for shipping.
A DREAM FOR MANY A WAY OF LIFE SOME A POSSIBILITY FOR ALL