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    Default Moving to Sitka. What kind of vehicles do I want for hunting?

    Well I just found out that I will finally be moving back to Alaska, more specifically Sitka. I have never been to Sitka so I thought I would ask some general questions about what form of transportation will benefit me for hunting and trapping. I have a Quad and a snow machine, but it looks like I will want a boat too. I don't have the money or room for all 3, so my question is, what will and will-not serve me well for getting to hunting/trapping locations, or just plain getting away from people? Will the snow machine be any use at all in this area? Is there a good, usable trail system for motorized vehicles, or does the trails see a bunch of hunting pressure?

    I'm not looking to ride or drive for fun, just to get where I want to be. Fishing would be an added bonus to a boat but I'm mostly looking to hunt at this point.

    Thanks for your time, I cant wait to be back in AK again.

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    A boat. For driving on the road, a DUKW.
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    #1 Boat
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    #4 Quad that fits in your boat
    There is no trail system but there are quite a few remote road systems you can ride a quad on. You need to transport your quad with a boat.
    You won't use your snow machine for hunting, only place to ride is Harbor Mountain behind town which is a play area for the locals. You need a boat more than anything else.

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    I would say bigger boat and a tow behind boat. For sure get with BigHorse on the forum here,he has done it all.
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    All you really need is good legs and a boat. A four wheeler is nice for a few areas but not very many. Basically if you have one and its paid for great, but if you need to liquidate to get a boat - get a boat...

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    Thanks guys! I think that sums it up for me. Looks like I'm in the market for a boat. I'll direct me questions about what kind of boat to the power boating forum. I appreciate it.

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    Shane, looks like you asked the right question and you got just the right people to steer you right. good luck with the move and welcome back.

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    It used to be boat and trail bike for logging roads on Kruzof. I suppose that is not allowed anymore, however. Different Forest Service than in the '70s.

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    At any one time I've got five different varieties if watercraft. I just bought my first wheeler and deposited it at a remote site today. I used a boat to get it there. Learn about water safety, communications, and small engine repair if you haven't already. Sell your wheeler and snowmobile and get a good skiff and inflatable. Enjoy Sitka!

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    Bighorse is 18' about the best size there with your more open water?
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    I run a 19'. I'd say a well designed 20-22 would be just right for serious adventure with a friend or two and a pile of gear. Of course, deep pockets, can do whatever they want. Normal folks have to consider efficiency and maintance costs.

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