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    Default bush pilots in Alaska

    Looking for a new bush pilot, mine got kind of expensive since 2003. I went from the Kenai peninsula last two times but open to other areas. Any help would be appreciated. Looking for moose, caribou and maybe black bear, unguided.

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    Sorry to tell you they all went up, in 2000 I could do a moose hunt for $750 to $1250, today I can't get the same service for $4000. So I bought a plane, Just the payment and insurance with out even flying it cost me over $7500 a year. Then add 9 gallons of avgas an hour, oil changes, inspections and repairs, thats probably why cost went up so much. Good luck though

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    I heard these guys are really good:

    http://www.flyrusts.com/hunting.html

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    [Hijack] This is awesome! 99 Juliet before they converted it

    sick!!!
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    anyway gas has tripled, of course hunting costs went up
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Yes, air charter rates have definitely increased in the past few years. But my take on it is this.....For me personally I would much prefer to pay more and fly with someone who has been in the area for a longer time and who I know and trust. I've done a fair bit of flying around Bristol Bay and a little around Fairbanks/interior. There are definitely certain air taxi opperators with whom I would prefer to fly with over others. My advice is stick with your current pilot if you are happy with the flying, locations, safety etc.

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    There's been good advice. I have experienced the same thing with the air service I use, I have a quote from 99 for a fly out caribou hunt that would be nice if I could still go at that price. Insurance and fuel is certainly driving up the price. The one I use trys hard to keep prices reasonable and has not failed me yet.
    BTW, before you use Rust's, pm me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill S. View Post
    BTW, before you use Rust's, pm me.
    Bill, The question that this guy posed was so general that it hardly warranted a response. Some quick searching here could have given this guys more than enough answers. So I threw out the Rust's link as semi joke. I don't know anyone who is serious that uses Rust's.

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    Chisana, we agree! You haven't told me the story of your avator target.

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    Default Bush Pilots

    All the bush pilots are 70 to 80 years old now.
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    They might be old, but their experience proves they can sure fly a plane...I gotta giv'em that.

    What is the demand for a bush pilot nowdays?...can one find work if he has his own plane?

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