Someone school me up on moose and AK hunting.
Resources at hand: a gun that I am intimate with, somedecent glass, every map of Alaska that I can find, boots that don’t suck andbasic pack and camping equipment. Planning on adding an atv, canoe, and snowmachine.
This summer I plan on scouting while I fish, hike and smallgame hunt as much as I can to learn the ropes.
I came from the lower 48. I am looking at possibly being inAlaska for the next 5 years and plan on establishing myself there to come backwhen I am done with the Army. Back home I can look at topo maps and googleearth and for the most part know what the deer or turkeys are going to be doingbefore I get into an area. I want to try to get to this level of knowledge for habitatin AK as I did back in the motherland.
What am I looking for when scouting “moosey” areas? I wouldlike to know what should stand out. Good habitat in the past seems to be afactor in consistently having animals in an area year after year regardless ofpressure. I don’t want to be that jackas* that plows through the good habitatwhile someone who knows what they are doing is cussing me from the hillsidewatching that area.
How far off the road? In the past while deer and turkeyhunting public land I have had success in sight of the roads and as far back asit is possible to get from roads on foot. Is there a consistent distance fromroads to get with an atv to separate you from the circus?
What mistakes have you made in the past that cost you mooseand you wish you knew starting out? I ask this because I never really felt likeI knew everything about hunting but more about seeing stupid things that I wasdoing sooner that cost me animals in the past.
What snow machine and ATV would you recommend? I wantsomething that is rock solid reliable and that I can use to navigate Alaska. Iwas looking at the 500cc Hondas for a quad and the Skidoo tunda LT sled.
P.S. If anyone has questions about doing a hunt in the Midwesternpart of the US send me a message and I can get you pointed in the right direction.