If you haven’t hunted in Alaska or in a tundra environment, you should know before booking a moose hunt, there are a few things to consider. First off, there seems to be a trend going right now on float hunts. Just know that float hunts are more difficult overall and a float hunt doesn’t allow a hunter to truly get to know an area. Many believe this is a easier way to go but after the 2nd camp set up you do you will realize the value and ease of staying in one place. If we assume that my opinion on this subject is correct, then a base camp hunt with good scouting before you arrive is the key to success. This would lead you down the fully guided option, although there is an exceptional unguided option as well.
Two things will make all the difference in the world for your moose hunt, guided or unguided…proper gear and physical conditioning. Gear wise, you will need, top of the line, rain gear, good wind resistant gear and a layering system that will allow you comfort in the varying temperatures that you will encounter in the month of September in Alaska. Kryptek gear is born of Alaska and built for the conditions, as well as having the most advanced camo pattern on the market today. Kenetrek boots would be my boots of choice along with some tundra boots (hip waders) for the wet boggy conditions you will likely face. For a moose hunt gear list look here. As far as physical condition, hiking in tundra, is a humbling experience. It’s like walking in two feet of wet marshmallows all day long…it’s exhausting. You need to be in good shape for best success, even on the guided hunt (this is not a fat man hunt). On the unguided hunt it is imperative to be at least a 8 out of 10, physically, because you will be packing out your bull, which can take 10-12 trips (for many hunters this is the hardest thing they will ever do). Train to Hunt is a great resource to get you into moose hunting shape and you can find that here.
Lastly, the question of Unguided vs. Guided.
In my opinion it’s all about budget and how important success is to you. Our guided hunt went 100% success last year on 61 inch average bulls, and year in and year out they go close to 90%. At $18,500 it’s not in everyone’s budget. Without question if guided is the way you want to go this is the best one we have for the money. It is based out of a remote lodge and includes all flights from Anchorage. No extra fees on any flights which makes this hunt a tremendous value in the market, especially with their success and trophy quality. You can find that hunt here.
With the unguided option it’s much cheaper but comes with a lower success rate of 75% with the same trophy quality of 61 inch average. The bonus on this hunt is $5500 for the hunt, including all flights out of Bethel. Don’t even ask about this hunt if you are not in top physical condition and ready for a adventure. The area is one of the best in the state of Alaska for moose density and quality. In fact, the fish and game are concerned about overpopulation in this are so they have extended the season to the last 10 days of September (peak of the rut) and will allow hunters to shoot any bull! You can find out more about this hunt here. If you would like to talk to me about moose hunting in general or these specific hunts I can be reached at 208-867-6675.
by Marc Warnke
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- Hunt Report | Bob West DIY Moose Drop Hunt in Alaska - The pilot dropped us near a lake. There was a lot of moose sign. No bear sign was found although there seemed to be a lot of blueberries. Saw one small black bear across the lake. All the moose rut sign was from previous years with an occasional freshly rubbed tree this season. Rut activity […]
- Hunt Report | Michael Harvey Unguided Moose in Alaska - Trophy was Amazing, Overall Experience was amazing.
- Hunt Report | Cullen Wagner DIY Moose Hunt - Our outfitter spent the time in the offseason to ensure their hunters have the best chance at a successful and enjoyable hunt. We were into moose every time we left camp.
- Hunt Report | Mark Miller’s Alaska (self-guided) Moose Hunt - Called five bull moose in the first three days can't thank of a better hunt than that.
- Hunt Report | Shaun Smith Drop Camp Moose Hunt - Hunt was everything we expected. It was definitely a tough hunt as we got hammered with rain, hail and wind almost everyday. Fortunately we stuck it out and were able to harvest two awesome moose.
- Hunt Report | Cody Kuck and His Dad have a Great Moose Hunt - If you're looking for a cost effective, DIY, Moose hunt, these are the companies you'll want to connect with OI to put it together for you or your group.
- 5 Things to Know about Self-Guided Moose Hunts - We booked one of your self-guided moose hunts and have a few questions so we can be fully prepared for it. [Read more...]
- British Columbia Mountain Caribou Hunting for Mountain Caribou - British Columbia caribou hunting in the famous Toad River and Kechika River drainages of the Northern Rockies of British Columbia during the rut. This is a superb outfitter.
- Hunt Report – DIY Alaska Moose Hunt - As I sit and stare at the palms of my moose euro that sit on my wall, I can’t help but relive the experience. Alaska is an unbelievable place filled with unbelievable animals and they will never be forgotten.
- Unguided Alaska Moose Hunts - These DIY, unguided Alaska moose hunts can be a lot of work, but they are worth the effort, and the price will astonish you.
- Hunt Report – DIY Alaska Moose Hunt Drop Camp - This DIY Alaska moose hunt was everything I had hoped for. We were dropped off with a well equipped camp in a great area. We were in the moose the entire time and were able to harvest two good bulls with our bows.
- British Columbia Bear, Moose Combo Hunt - This is a black bear/moose combo hunt during the prime moose rut. This hunt takes place from mid-September to the end of October, when the moose are responding to calling.
- British Columbia Caribou Moose Combo Hunts - Caribou moose combo hunts for Big Bull Moose and B&C Mountain Caribou. Some of the best moose hunting and mountain caribou in British Columbia.
- Washington Moose Hunting - We HIGHLY suggest that you start applying for a Washington moose tag in units 117, 121, 108, or 101. Once you draw, CALL US! This outfitter is awesome and takes some truly monstrous shiras moose.
- Alaska Grizzly Bear Hunt - This outfitter took the new SCI World Record grizzly bear. Grizzly populations are at all time high and hunter success for past five years has been 90% with average hide squaring over 8′. This is "THE hunt to go on" if grizzly is the primary trophy on an Alaska combo hunt.
- Trophy Alaska Moose Hunting - This moose hunting outfitter averages an 80% to 90% success rate yearly on trophy bulls up to, and some exceeding 60". He flies over his moose area almost daily, giving our clients a distinct advantage.
- British Columbia Grizzly Bear Hunts - There are LOTS of grizzly bears in this area, and this outfitter consistently takes bears squaring 7.5 - 9 feet with 24 to 25+ inch skulls. If you're looking for a great grizzly bear hunt, look no further. British Columbia grizzly bear hunts in Toad River and Kechika River drainages of British Columbia for trophy […]
- British Columbia Moose Hunts - Trophy British Columbia moose hunts on the famous Toad River and Kechika River drainages of the Northern Rocky Mountains.
- Moose Hunting Facts and How to Choose Where to Hunt Moose - As a hunting consultant I am often in conversation with clients looking to go hunt moose for the first time. Moose hunting is something that even the most well traveled high budget hunters only do a few times in their lifetime. Not because they aren’t enjoyable, but more that they are a bucket list species, […]
- Archery British Columbia Moose Hunts - If you're a bowhunter, this is a great option for your moose hunt. Bowhunting is this Outfitters' specialty, but they do offer rifle moose hunting as well.
- Maine Moose Hunting - This is a great Maine Moose hunting trip in Northern Maine Wildlife Management Districts 2,3,5,6 and 11. If you draw a Maine moose tag be sure to contact us.
- British Columbia Moose Hunts - British Columbia Moose Hunts for monster bulls at a fraction of what you would pay in Alaska or the Yukon!
- British Columbia Moose Hunts - Hunting these British Columbia Moose Hunts allows you to hunt the most majestic of them all, the Bull Moose in rut.
- Utah Moose Hunting for Shiras Moose - Utah moose hunting for Shiras moose is extremely good if you can get a tag. This is one of our best outfitters and his hunters regularly take moose from 38” to 51” wide.
- Alberta Moose Hunting - These Alberta Moose Hunts are in the heart of the Peace River Country in North Western Alberta, which is renowned for producing big trophy Canada Moose. If you prefer a hard-core, traditional moose hunt, this hunt is not for you. However, if you want a high odds, fairly easy, laid back hunt with a fun […]
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