I'm in the preliminary stages of planning a hunt. My partner and I each drew the DM 769 and plan on floating the Wood, to the Tanana, to Nenana, or maybe even get picked up by jet boat at the confluence of the Wood/Tanana.
Like most, we are on a small budget and want to explore that part of the state. We will be using inflatable canoe rafts (PP's). Right now I have the following options available:
1.) Fly in and get dropped off with gear on the Wood. (This is my main question)
2.) Have a jetboat or airboat get us as far up the Wood as possible and float down from there.
3.) Float from Big Delta to Salcha and hunt the eastern bank inland.
Mostly, I was wondering if we could pay someone with a cub to drop us off along with our gear that wasn't a guide. Is this legal to pay someone for gas and their time? I know the river guiding rules are pretty stringent. I've never done a fly in hunt and am really unfamiliar with the rules. I've gone to a lot of air tax websites and it seems really expensive to do a fly out trip (3k-ish). In my research I've seen some great advice given by both Mike Strahan and Moose. I may give them a call.
I'm not much of a trophy hunter and will harvest the first legal moose I can with my any-bull tag. Just trying to do this for the most reasonable price.
Also, I'm a former Kenai River guide. Definitely open to taking some people out fishing so that I could have a captive audience while they explain some plausible interior float hunting options to me. *wink* *wink*
Also, thanks to all the contributors on this site. I'm mostly a lurker, but I really do enjoy reading the stories of hunts gone well, or awry, they are truly captivating!