I moved to AK (Kenai Peninsula) late this summer and have not hunted more than small game since then because I'm not willing to pay the nonresident big game license fees, etc. Don't worry, I did buy a fishing license and it's been well worth it. Although I'm certainly itching to hunt, this does give me a bunch of time to do research before summer 2012 when I can buy a resident license. I've been reading a lot of the posts on this forum and asking hunters I meet about their experiences. In my time in AK, I plan to experience as many different hunting and fishing adventures as I can before I'm unable to do so, but I imagine that my opportunities for 2012 may be limited due to only getting my resident license in summer (limiting what type of tags I can get).
From what I have learned so far, I think caribou, moose, deer, and bear are my best options for 2012, but let me know what you think. I'm looking for a relatively high success rate hunt with as little travel effort (and cost) from the Kenai as possible, although driving up to the haul road is not out of the question. I'm not asking for any secret spots, just general information that might make the options less overwhelming. I am an archery hunter and plan to get the AK certification asap, so archery hunts are an option but not mandatory. I'm not afraid to hike to get to better hunting areas, and I do have a camper trailer that could be hauled for a base camp. Flyout hunts might even be an option. Don't have a raft yet but I plan on getting one sometime. Meat is most important to me, trophies are a bonus. Also, my father (nonresident) plans on visiting this year to hunt with me so that is another thing to factor in, ie a tag we could both get. I realize this is a very general post- thanks much for your help.