Questions on St Paul Island
What are the options for waterfowling on St Paul?? Outfitter only? DIY an option? What outfitters are there?
You can DIY, but there are safety concerns in January as well as housing availability. And then you are limited to birds that come into the surf only.
There are a few posts on here about hunting out there. Some coasty kids did a DIY while TDY or something.
Right now there are two or three competing guide operations. One of them has been there a while the other two are just starting up. Huge issue last winter over on the Duck Hunter's Refuge forums on their Driver forum. Steeling customers and what not.
All you have to do is google Island X and st paul and you will have all the guide info you need.
Thanks AK Ray
Do you know or can you recommend either of the two new players on the Island??
Could a person ship a zodiac in ahead, and attempt to do this like any other duck hunt one might do??
Or is that just crazy to consider??
What about a place to stay??
Give Captain Charlie (Alaska Trophy Adventures) has a long and excellent reputation of guiding duck hunters on St. Paul Is. Give him a call and he'll hook you up with a great hunt.
I haven't been there but know people that have. The island doesn't offer much. A simple google search brought up the King Eider Inn for a place to stay. The tough part is getting around. If you have access to a snow machine or a 4 wheel drive vehicle, you're doing pretty good. Shipping an inflatable would be pretty dang expensive and they may not have service for a while depending on weather and such. This place is remote. There are two guides there now and the island is not that big and well, early bird gets the worm i guess. If you're there for a few days I'm sure you'll figure it out by the end of the trip and be better prepared for the next time around. In the end, it may be cheaper and a lot less headache to go with a guide at first to at least scope it out, then perhaps comeback to see what you'll need for a future trip.
the bering sea in winter is no place to mess around in small rubber boats.
i do not know any of the guides. i just read their various posts all over the net.
AK, What other forums are you finding these other guides on? I have never seen anyone that guides out there except Charlie. Might be an interesting comparison...
Most the posts are on the Duck Hunters Refuge forums under the Diver forum.
If the link opens you will see the screen filled with links to various sponsors of the forums.
Captain Tim at Alaska Wildfowl Advertures is expanding into Adak.
I would go for this one myself since its my old home town and you can take sea ducks as well as have good odds of taking Eurasion wigeon and aleutian GW teal. Last year they found the pacific eider hangout. Still no King eiders so if that is on your list you will need to head to St Paul.
Chen's operation is Four Flyways Outfitters.
He operates in Cold Bay but knows Charlie well.
Charlie's operation is Aleutian Island Waterfowlers
He has trips to Cold Bay, St Paul, and Adak.
The "new" guy is capt Moe Neal at Alaskan Eider Outfitters
Chen is friends with him based on various posts on the Refuge. He also used to work for Charlie.
From everything I've read about Charlie, Moe and Chen, and Tim, they are all quality people offering great hunts. They also share a lot of information within their posts over on the Refuge.