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    I did some tentative research prior to applying for this permit but, now that I have it in my hand, I would appreciate any info from those that have done this before. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Kris,

    Have you turned up any leads on transporters or snowmachine rental opportunities? I am working through some contacts in Bethel on this too.

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    Good luck guys! Here's another thread about it that may help.


    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...-Island-Muskox

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    Thanks! Saw that one. A bit discouraging, but there's time to figure out logistics. I ended up with a cow permit - the Internet broke down at 9am today and by the time I was able to get back into the registration permit system all the bull permits were taken.

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    Good luck guys! Here's another thread about it that may help.


    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...-Island-Muskox

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    I have been told that at this time there are no transporters on Nelson. I have the land access worked out and have some leads on a place to stay and snowmachine rental. The problem I keep running into is the friend of a friend of a friend thing. Just show up and someone will take care of it. I tend to like things firmed up a bit more than that.

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    Oh you'll be fine. Just go with enough time and be respectful. I went last year and snagged another tag this year. Really looking forward to it. The meat is excellent. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Muche View Post
    Oh you'll be fine. Just go with enough time and be respectful. I went last year and snagged another tag this year. Really looking forward to it. The meat is excellent. Good luck!
    That's a lot of money to throwing out there for it to be "oh you'll be fine". I would get some solid contacts on the Island with a snowmachine and a place to crash. A lot of guys went out there last year to find out that there wasn't a machine available.

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    Yeah, you're right. Make sure you have a plan.

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    Somebody is missing the boat here..................
    This looks like an excellent opportunity for someone familiar with the area to do some hunt planning for tag holders and make some money!!.
    I bet there's a teacher, or 2, in BET who have contacts in the 3 Nelson Is. villages that could set these hunts up for a fee! A guy who is also familiar with this forum.
    Hint Hint.

    Shouldn't need a transporter, just someone to rent snogos and places to stay. I doubt any of those 3 villages have B&Bs or rental biz. Legally, transporters cannot provide services in the field. I know the trans on Nunivak escorts hunters to Ox, but that only works cuz the state looks the other way. Troopers may not be so inclined closer to BET.
    If the right person or people got involved the access/land ownership issues could likely be resolved.
    I can't help being a lazy, dumb, weekend warrior.......I have a JOB!
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    Kris, you can't receive PMs. Shoot me an email. Nicholasmuche@gmail.com

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    Nick, email sent

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    I'm curious and would like to see a packing list for this hunt, if someone cares to share...

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    Got a buddy or three out that way. Says locals are figuring $3500 "maybe guranteed" Ha! Jumping at opportunity nothing wrong with that. But that's a lot of money to hunt an ox. I know it's on all your wish lists, but it might be cheaper to go Canada! Locals will be using their rigs this time of year, they see you white guys coming and ! And rightfully so, not so often these guys get to make a buck around there. More power to them but $3500? You can keep that big brown q-tip! Not even fun to "hunt" really. Excellent meat hunt as they are pretty easy to find and once you find them you can get close. Wear a wolf skin in your back and take a re-curve bow or a spear if you want to have a hell of a time! Get down real low, like a crouching wolf, that will be some sport! Remember which way to run your knife when skinning. Your gonna lose guard hares but do it right as to not thin it out. Donate some meat to your "transporter" buddy and take care of it properly. Don't make white guys look bad. (Half white old man here, not racist and not trying to offend). Be sure and insist to pack gas in a different sled than with your meat or hide. Secure your rifle and don't trust your dumb gun boot. You drop it in the snow out there and it's gone til akpik season. Stuffs got a way of going south on Ox hunts, be prepared for weather and half assed machines and sleds if you borrow late. And for gods sake degrease your dang bolt and firing pin. Enough said. Go shoot your wooly cow and come back and report back on flight costs, rental costs, freight costs, hardship factor, wish I woulda factor. Is there a trophy destruction with this hunt? God forbid, I hope they don't make you destroy those pretty creatures. Can't see why a guy would get one mounted like that, you can tell a replica tip a mile away.

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    There is no trophy destruction on this hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullcephous View Post
    Got a buddy or three out that way. Says locals are figuring $3500 "maybe guranteed" Ha! Jumping at opportunity nothing wrong with that. But that's a lot of money to hunt an ox. I know it's on all your wish lists, but it might be cheaper to go Canada! Locals will be using their rigs this time of year, they see you white guys coming and ! And rightfully so, not so often these guys get to make a buck around there. More power to them but $3500? You can keep that big brown q-tip! Not even fun to "hunt" really. Excellent meat hunt as they are pretty easy to find and once you find them you can get close. Wear a wolf skin in your back and take a re-curve bow or a spear if you want to have a hell of a time! Get down real low, like a crouching wolf, that will be some sport! Remember which way to run your knife when skinning. Your gonna lose guard hares but do it right as to not thin it out. Donate some meat to your "transporter" buddy and take care of it properly. Don't make white guys look bad. (Half white old man here, not racist and not trying to offend). Be sure and insist to pack gas in a different sled than with your meat or hide. Secure your rifle and don't trust your dumb gun boot. You drop it in the snow out there and it's gone til akpik season. Stuffs got a way of going south on Ox hunts, be prepared for weather and half assed machines and sleds if you borrow late. And for gods sake degrease your dang bolt and firing pin. Enough said. Go shoot your wooly cow and come back and report back on flight costs, rental costs, freight costs, hardship factor, wish I woulda factor. Is there a trophy destruction with this hunt? God forbid, I hope they don't make you destroy those pretty creatures. Can't see why a guy would get one mounted like that, you can tell a replica tip a mile away.
    LOL!! $3500, wrong Western Alaska Island!!

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    Exactly Kusko.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kusko View Post
    LOL!! $3500, wrong Western Alaska Island!!
    Sounds like Nunivak

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    I stand corrected. Forgive me as I am old and feeble. The wolves will get me soon enough.

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    Here's what Itook last year. I'll probably leave the spotting scope & tripod behind thisyear, because the snow conditions are much better than last year. I'll alsoleave behind the backpack. I bring 4 blue totes and heavy trash bags for takingmeat back. They rest inside each other when empty, so only count as one bag onthe flight in. For taking bull horns back, you'll need the extra-large bluetote. If you've any extra space, bring some fresh fruit for your buddies in thevillage: they'll appreciate it, and appreciate that you took the time to do so.


    Musk Ox Hunting List
    3 day hunt, return to village each night
    The Hunt

    Permit: Muskox
    Rangefinder
    Hunting license,2015
    Gun Shells(20)
    Binoculars
    Digitalcamera
    Locking metalmusk ox tag
    SpottingScope and Tripod

    Packing Supplies to take daily

    Backpack????
    GPS,extra batteries
    50 parachute cord
    Sleepingbag (-20 degree)
    3 heavy duty gamebags
    Watercontainer, 20 oz
    2 skinning knifes
    Head lamp,extra batteries
    Sharpener
    Cellphone
    2 trash bags
    Small tarp

    Gear Toiletries

    Sunglasses Toilet paper
    Thinliner gloves Wetwipes
    Thick warm gloves Toothbrush
    Fur hat Floss
    Warmfacemask deodorant
    Warmbalaclava chapstick
    Snowgo goggles Fork,spoon, cup
    2 pair synthetic socks
    Arctic coat &overalls
    Shirt & pants
    Long underwear,light
    Long underwear,heavy
    Fleece jacket x 2
    Arctic Boots
    1 pair underwear
    Duct tape (onwaterbottle)
    Electrical tape(on waterbottle)
    Leatherman
    Small hacksaw

    Food First Aid Kit

    4 breakfasts (eatin town)
    4lunches (takehunting) Superglue
    4 Mountain houses(eatin town) Ibuprofen
    Gorp (takehunting)
    Vitamins
    Lighter

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    Thanks Outdoors, I knew about the box of produce, was just wondering about the the totes, and/or storage containers. Bow and about a dozen arrows for me.

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