Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge
The Alaska-Yukon Moose (Alces-alces gigas) is the largest antlered game in the world. Large trophy class bulls can have antlers from the 58 - 65 inch range and some can reach the mid to high 70s. An adult bull can weigh as much as 1600 lbs and gives up to 800 pounds of delicious meat! Most of the moose we take are in the 65 inch range. A moose rack like this is a sight to behold and is in my opinion the most beautiful trophy a hunter can hope for. The area on the Alaska Peninsula where I am permitted to guide is home to some of the very best moose habitat and populations on the entire Alaska Peninsula with animals that consistently attain excellent trophy quality.
Moose hunts take place every fall during the September 10 – 25 period. Hunting is spot and stalk, with an emphasis on calling. Glassing is done from a high point overlooking good habitat –areas with plenty of willows, swamps and cottonwood patches. A great deal of time is spent calling. Done properly and with the right conditions, myself or one of my guides can effectively “blind call” moose from 2 miles or more, often times bringing him all the way to the glassing hill. We often call moose that we do not even know are there. Like all hunting, finding a large bull requires patience. Nothing can compare to watching a large old bull come in to a call!
The trip starts with you flying into King Salmon, where I will meet you on arrival, and pick up your registration permit, license and tags if you have not already done so online. From there we will fly into my hunt area via float plane, landing at one of the many lakes, or by wheel plane landing on one the many small volcanic cinder beds. We will set up a small yet comfortable spike camp, consisting of several 4 person Bomb Shelter or Cabelas tents. The client will have his own tent, and the guide and packer will have a separate tent. Another tent is used for cooking and meals. Dinners consist of is hard groceries, salmon, burger, moose, chicken, pasta, sausage, ect. Lunches consist of Pilot Bread or bagels, salmon or hard salami, cheese, energy bars and candy. Breakfasts are usually eggs and hash browns with sausage, or oatmeal and bagel. Despite the remote locations, we eat well. Camps are very comfortable and have the option of cots and propane heat if you choose.
From this location we will start our hunt, climbing to a high point each morning and glassing for moose. We utilize a small Zodiak style raft to travel the lakes and creeks, and then hike to an observation point. This gives us great mobility, allowing us to easily move several miles in a day with little effort. More importantly, it allows us to go after moose that would otherwise impossible to reach, much less pack back to camp. In other camps, it is not necessary for us to utilize the rafts.
Once a large bull is spotted or starts coming to the call, we can plan our stalk. There are many factors that can determine what we do on a stalk, wind direction, the moose’s direction of travel, time of day, distance, and whether or not he is with cows, just to name a few. The majority of moose taken in my camps are called to within a very short distance of where we are glassing from, so a moose hunt with me is more of an exercise in the art of calling than a chase through the tundra. I like the moose to come to us!
When we harvest the moose we skin it, pack the meat bone in back to camp, followed by hide and antlers, then prepare for the plane to come and get us. This marks the end of your hunt. A moose hunt is an experience you will never forget.
Dates: September 15 – 25 (11 day period)
Not included: Round trip air charter fee, from King Salmon to camp and back: $2000 (payable to air charter company on arrival into King Salmon). There is an additional $1,000 air charter fee once you harvest
Moosew Locking Tag: $800 (Non Resident) $1,000 (Non Resident Alien)
Hunting License: $160 (Non Resident) $630 (Non Resident Alien)
Other Cost: $150 Hunters Preservation Fund contribution
Wolf may be taken at no additional charge, no tag fee