I wish I had embarked on the great northern adventure in my early years. I desperately wanted to go fishing on a commercial boat, then take my $$$ and go out to hunt the wild. I think I still have the brochure I got in spring of my freshman year in college describing the fortune to be made on the big boats. Instead, I became a mountain guide in the lower 48 and have since gone back to my origins in carpentry and contracting. In the passing years I have started a family with two great kids and an awesome wife. Unfortunately, my wife doesn't want to move to AK and with the kids I can't afford to go just yet. So, I am doing the next best thing... helping someone else to go.
Among other jobs I work p/t at the gun dept. of a locally owned outdoor store here in CO. (Think L.L. Bean with Military Surplus). In the past year I've had the pleasure to work with some very talented and enthusiastic young guys, several of them are going to AK for the summer. We all hunt together here in CO and the surrounding states and have developed a great network of friends, everyone willing to be a designated pack mule for the others as circumstances dictate. With one exception, a nice 5 point bull elk, we all struck out last year. At my urging, each one of these guys is bringing a rifle to AK this summer in hopes of finding the $ and the time to pursue Caribou and/or Moose when the summer jobs are done. Joe and Bryan will be panning for gold near Fairbanks (Hey, you gotta get your ***** kicked at least once in life), and Murph will be fishing out of Dillingham with plans to meet up in August.
I am starting this thread to see if anyone might have some specific information about how to obtain tags at the last minute. In CO it seems you need to know secret passwords, codes, and handshakes to even find out which tags are available, but you only learn those after years of experience. These guys are not out for world record trophies and they don't want to steal your favorite hunting spot; they want the experience of hunting in the wilds of AK. Any help in directing the search for information would be greatly appreciated. If anyone wants to hunt in CO I would be happy to help in any way. Thanks