I'll save some of you the trouble, don't go scrolling down for the moose, he aint dead yet, that said....
I decided on a moose hunt in late 2007. I had been on 2 unguided caribou hunts without firing at an animal. I figured I would just try to mix it up a little.
I did not know where to start so I lurked on this sight gleaning what info I could from the multitude. I learned I needed help and I learned 2 names: Mike S. and Larry B. I spoke to both of them and was impressed by both. I chose Mike.
Mike gave me alot of information for free, but not all of it. We had several talks about my hunt and finally settled on a river and a transport service(both recommended by Mike).
At the same time I was sifting through replies to invitations I had placed on various sites. My friends were too broke or lazy to go so I needed a buddy.
I settled on a great man from Penn. His name is Mark. We compared gear lists and goals and reduced our expenditures.
We never met face to face. We talked on the phone almost daily-ramping up our excitement.
I was in Morocco on business 4 weeks before the hunt so my wife sent my gear to Alaska for me ( I had packed it 3 weeks earlier)!
The first week of September I flew back to America, kissed my wife, and flew to Anc where I met Mark for the first time at the airport. Happily he was not a little guy bent on running me into the ground. We flew to Aniak together and spent 1 night double and triple checking our gear. With a huge amount of help from Mike S. we were ready!
The next day we checked our rental rafts from Ak downstream, PERFECT.
Loaded up and flew to our river, inflated our canoes and set out on our Ak adventure.