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    Default Wolverine

    I am going up moose hunting in area 21E DM837 and am wondering if it is worth buying a wolverine tag I am a non-res so they are $175 I think but I would hate not to have one if I did see one? Does anyone know the poputations in this area or if there is even a chance to see one? I will be up there the whole moose season from the 5th to the 20th? If so can I buy one over the counter in Anchorage cause I don't have time to buy one now on-line and get it in time?

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    Aaron

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    Default I would say

    If you want a wolverine you should buy the tag. Chances are slim everywhere but you just never know. I saw three last winter, granted it was in a totally different unit but....


    Good luck
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    Default Saw only one before

    I hunted Alaska pretty hard for eight years and saw a wolverine only one time during a caribou hunt in unit 25...saw him for about 5 seconds and that was it.

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    Default re: wolverine

    Where will you be hunting? My father, buddy and I will be there at the same time. We have not hunted this unit before, and do not plan on buying a wolverine tag (although we will have moose, bear, and bou).

    Send me a pm if you wish

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    Bert this is my first time up there I am going with some guys that have been there before all I know is we are flying into anvik and going by boat from there up the yukon?? Sorry I couldn't help? Where are you from I am from WI. Do you know where you are going cause i asked the guys I'm going with if I should buy a bou or bear tag and they said they have never seen a caribou and most of the bears are small?? Must be a different area than you are going? Let me know?

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    If you aren't gonna be somewhere where the ground is barren or treeless i'd bag the idea. Gonna need a some room to spot one.

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    Ya I really don't know anything about the area from some videos I seen it looks like all trees? Is it legal to hunt over a gut pile if I did harvest a moose?

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    I'd buy it because you would then be able to shoot a wolf as well. You can kill an animal of equal or lesser value (wolverine $175, wolf $30) with a tag. Granted if you shoot a wolf then you've used an expensive tag for something you could have bought for $30. Probably a better chance at spotting a wolf vs a wolverine, but you never know.

    Good luck on your hunt!

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    Default bad idea

    From a probability standpoint, your $175 tag will "earn" you about a negative $174.95. I've lived and hunted fairly regularly here for 30 yrs and could have taken one shot at a wolverine. But, if you like to gamble, go for it; the State could use the money. Getting a shot at a wolf is much more likely, and you ain't gonna see one of them in range, either. Good luck w/ the other critters. j

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    Default dont waste your money

    if you really want a wolverine but dont live and trap up here in the winter you should save your money.....or rather you should spend twice as much on a prime winter hide rather than a fall hide... this time of year they look like a porcupine/weasel/possum....talk to to some reputable taxidermists or trappers up here while you can and get a line on a good hide come winter...either tan it or get it mounted...but you want a winter hide period......but buy a wolf tag or twelve and shoot all you see....shoot a wolf and a save a moose/sheep/caribou/dog/small child
    "early to bed, early to rise, fish like hell, and make up lies"

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    Default tags

    Bag the wolverine tag but get a wolf tag cheap disposable tag & buy a nice winter wolverine.

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    I've lived in AK since Sept. 2001. Fishing and hunting as much as we possible can. Wife has lived here for 26 years in Delta junction. She has seen 4 in her lifetime. She has taken several coyote and a couple of wolf. I have never seen one alive "Wolverine". I do have a very nice wolverine winter hat though. "Christmas present" My advise buy a different tag.
    Thanks for the outof state $$$.
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    I am in Anchorage, and my partners are coming up from WA. We are drifting the Anvik, so sounds like we will be a little northwest of you. The bear "tag" really isn't because I am a resident, and don't need a permit to harvest one in that unit. The bou tag again, is free for me, so why not have one? I do not, however, plan having my partners purchase anything more then their moose tags.

    Hope you have a safe and successful trip.

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    I wouldn't buy a wolverine tag. I've been up here for 33 years now and have never seen one in summer. I've seen several in winter, but it's pretty rare.

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    I saw two together when up there sheep hunting last year. Got a photo of one before they took off.


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    In almost 25 years of hunting in Alaska I have seen only 2 wolverines (one in the Wrangles and one on the north side of the Brooks) - both while sheep hunting and I have been on prob 40 sheep hunts.....so far.

    Nice wolverine picture, to see one that is not ruining is even more rare than shooting one!

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    Every single wolverine but one that I have seen has been above 3000'. The only one that wasn't was by Kluane Lake in the Yukon. They love the high country.

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    Thanks guys for the advice I'll probably save my money but I do already have a wolf tag so I think I am set if I do see one I can always use my $400 moose tag Thanks again I'll report back when I return!!

    Aaron

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