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    Default Nutzotin Mtns

    Is there any way to access the Nutzotin Mountains other than by air? Looks like Nabesna road would get you closest, but that leaves you on the wrong side of Nabesna glacier/river. Is it possible to cross that on ATV, foot or boat? If so, how dangerous would it be? I wanted to sheep hunt the north Wrangells, but just realized they closed the trails to ATVs. Any thoughts?

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    Only way your going to get up there is by plane. Maybe be boat, depending on how shallow you can run. Call 40 mile air and see if they have any available time to drop you off up there.

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    ?horses ?looooonnnnng hike

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    40mi was booked back in december.

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    then. Not sure of any other transporter that will fly you in there. You could try copper valley air, but I am sure he is booked too.

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    You can hunt Blue Lake, Bond Creek, Orange Hills and both sides of the Nebezna by boat. Launch at Northway and go upstream. Piece of cake and done it a lot.

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    Default Money Talks

    40 mile Air and others maybe booked, but there are a lot of private back country bush pilots that will get you in there, or anywhere, do some research, it might be expensive and then again, it might not. If you want to access an area bad enough you can get in there, whether it be by plane, bioat, horse, ATV or foot, it's HOW BAD YOU WANT IT !!!!!.

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    Default Akres, sent you a PM

    Thanks for the info, all.

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    Default Hoosier

    Sorry, I must have mis-read your first post. For some reason I thought you wanted up near the glacier (don't ask how I thought that). You can access with boat like akres said.

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    Several questions have been asked by interested parties, so I will attempt to answer here as opposed to the PMs. I always launched at the village, a couple of miles from the FAA Station. Then park at the FAA Station and walk back and forth to the vehicle from launch. I run an airboat, but you could run a jet up as far as the Orange Hills. Sheep, good sheep are available on both sides of the Nebezna. Visible from the river and the walk up the valleys. The area is pretty hungry on Moose, but bear are plentiful. A few caribou, but not in huntable numbers. No rapids, but some bumpy water in the braided channels. The water is deep in most places, but a little tricky to read, with the color. The further up, the redder/oranger the dirty water gets.
    The Chisana River is also excellent for sheep and there are more Moose and Bear there than the Nebezna and access is gained from the same launch site. Both are a two and a half hour run in my boat, to the hunting spots. From there, you can go about another hour on up on both rivers.
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    I always take along plenty of goodies, pop, candy bars etc for the kids at the village. They always like to watch while you are launching. There is also some excellent Pike fishing in the area.

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    Default Akres...

    Thanks for the info. That sounds like a really fun hunt.

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    Akres makes it sound a lot better and easier than it is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Akres makes it sound a lot better and easier than it is...
    Actually No. I consider it to be a couple of the easiest hunts one could go on. Drive a good road to the launch, run a boat for a couple of hours and reach the hunting grounds not even winded or tired. Spot from the river, make the stalks and motor back out. Doesn't get much easier, at least not from the hunts I have been on. We have taken 40" plus sheep from both locations, so as far as that goes, it don't get much better either, save the sheep we have taken from the Chugachs, but you can not even compare the level of effort required for that. And......there are basically NO ALDERS on the Chisana and Nebezna as compared to anywhere else I have hunted, with the exception being the Brooks Range.

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    Been VERY tough to launch at the village for the past few years. Had to have 2 trucks 2 years ago to get it out of there. Less and less gravel and more silt built up. There is NO where to park this year or next as the airport and road are being totally rebuilt for the 2 years. I am sure things may be easier with an airboat, but I had to smile when I saw the 3 jet boats up there with holes in their boats the past couple of years. Water level is important. Sheep #'s are down on the Nabesna as it has been hit hard the past 3 seasons. I haven't even seen close to the #'s that we used to see even 5 years ago. I only expect it to get worse.

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