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Old 05-19-2009, 06:31 PM
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Wow, no one been to Alaska

Is this a new site or is it that no one comes to Alaska that post on this forum?
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:47 PM
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Re: Wow, no one been to Alaska

Not me not ever always wanted to, never made it
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:10 PM
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Re: Wow, no one been to Alaska

Been there once, can not wait to go back......
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:45 PM
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Re: Wow, no one been to Alaska

Been here for 31 years. If you like hunting, fishing and the outdoors, there's a lot of public land available to hunt on. For the most part, hunting isn't convenient, low exertion, local after-work-hours type of hunting. Getting to some of the better hunting territory for certain game animals can mean a 7-day or longer committment of time, and reliance on air taxi services and unpredictable weather conditions to travel to and back from the hunting grounds. Air charters aren't very cheap nowadays due to increased fuel and insurance costs.

It's not like hunting pheasants, rabbits, or deer on the back 40-acres behind your house.

I consider Alaska to be somewhat of a young man's hunting land because the level of physical energy becomes telling and wears down an older body. Best to be young with a high level of stamina and physical endurance, or rich so you can hire a guide to help transport you to the game, and transport the game back out for you. Also, the weather can be harsher, and in prolonged stays in remote areas without the comforts of heated cabins or camps, harsh weather means the sacrifice of some creature comforts.

There are always exceptions to these rules of thumb, like you happen to know someone who lives in or near prime hunting habitat with a comfy place to hunt from, and they have the boat, ATVs, airplane, or other resources to ease transportation costs and effort. There are very few roads over the majority of Alaska, so just getting to the game, recovering it, and transporting it back to civilization can be quite a feat in itself.

But if you really like to hunt, you'll gladly take all these hardships and/or costs in stride and have a really good time out in the wilds of Alaska.

My favorite Alaskan game to hunt by species are more or less along the lines of Dall sheep, bear (black and brown), caribou, black-tailed deer, moose, goat.

Moose used to rank higher, but after killing more than a dozen of them, I came to the feeling that I end up with way more meat than I need at this stage of life, and way more work transporting the animal and processing the meat than I care for. But moose are pretty impressive and fun if you've not hunted them before. They should rank up there as a high priority for those that haven't experienced moose hunting before. Expecially if you hunt them in the rut when the bulls can be called in close. Pretty exciting stuff.

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Old 05-21-2009, 05:17 PM
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Re: Wow, no one been to Alaska

Been there once and can't wait to go back. Did a DIY caribou hunt and had a great time and got a nice bull. In hindsight, it would have only been slightly more expensive with an outfitter and much more relaxing. Flying in with all our hunting/camping gear and then renting an SUV was a logistical challenge but very possible. If anyone wants to do this type of trip PM me for some helpfull insight.

It was very different from hunting whitetails in PA!

+1 to what Phorwoth said, it's a rugged place and takes it's toll on you. Dad and I came home a lot lighter than when we left. I was down to fighting weight but it was time for Dad to get some rest/food. I can see how us nonresidents can get in trouble quickly. Until you've seen it, you can't even imagine the scope of it all.

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Old 08-02-2009, 07:06 PM
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Re: Wow, no one been to Alaska

Cant wait well be there in 16 days countdown on . Coming for a caribou hunt doing the diy hunt . Have been hunting here in alberta sheep hunting . Iam thinking it should be the same kind of hunt . Lost 12 pounds last year sheep hunting in the mountains in 5 days and would do it all over again in a heart beat . Cant wait words cant explain it .
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:49 AM
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Re: Wow, no one been to Alaska

Lived here 38 years. Live to hunt. Retired and loving it. Leaving the 8th for a Caribou hunt, will be gone 7 days. Got a moose hunt planned for the 1st of September, again will be gone 7 days. I trap and call predators during the winter.
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