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.
Last edited by phorwath; 08-02-2009 at 07:43 PM.