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    I'm looking at the possibility of doing a fly in hunt near George lake instead of a walk in. For the first time Tracy and I have a little breathing room financially and I would think I should be able to get an inexpensive flight from palmer air port to the lake.

    What should I expect to have to pay for such a flight? Like I said never even thought a fly in would ever be a possibility so I have no idea.

    Also when it comes to flying I have nerves of steel.........well an alloy..........called afraidium, it's yellow and tastes like chicken! Is there anyone you guys can think of whose good with the very inexperienced bush flight passengers?
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    Probably more time in those parts than anyone else if it make you feel better plus alot of those strips are about 8 times as long as he needs. Probably around $500pp. What are you hunting? There probably isn't a higher pressured fly in area than back there FYI. Still better than about any drive to though.

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    That was dang funny Rick if my rep stick wan't broke I'd hit ya with it for giving me a good laugh.

    You could cut a bunch of time off your hike and save some money if you have a friend with an airboat who would be willing to drop you back there a good ways.

    I want to get back there but for now I am just waiting for Brian to get his private license and some more experience befor hitting him up to take me. One of these days hopefully my new bro-in law will finish residency and move back to AK so I can convince him to fly me around. At least he is cool and a pilot which makes up for the fact that he married my sister in law and set the bar too high for me. Now I have to deal with the "her sister married a doctor" from the M-I-L... Well at least he's cool!

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    If you are talking about Lake George East of palmer a walk in hunt would be extreme. A airboat going up the gorge would be crazy, i have seen too many ice burgs calving and they make big waves. Have not been up there in a year or two but the glacier pinched off the river to the point of nogo for a boat. I put 3 picnic tables up there years ago. One got burned by some non resident hunters. But thats another story.

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    I have to second Mike Meekins...the guy really knows the area well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AkPacer View Post
    I have to second Mike Meekins...the guy really knows the area well!
    +3 Meekins. I am booked with him for Sep right now.

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    Default Meekings...

    Expect to pay about $400.00 to $600.00 round-trip, per person. It depends on where and into which strip you are flying to.

    I have gone into and out of there eight times by air. Being a hiker I'm always looking for a walk-in route. Although I have routinely walked the 26 miles into and out of the DCUA, I am not walking into the Lake George area. Bad brush, bad-shifting ice, deep glacial river south of Lake George. Fly in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuJon View Post
    That was dang funny Rick if my rep stick wan't broke I'd hit ya with it for giving me a good laugh.

    You could cut a bunch of time off your hike and save some money if you have a friend with an airboat who would be willing to drop you back there a good ways.

    I want to get back there but for now I am just waiting for Brian to get his private license and some more experience befor hitting him up to take me. One of these days hopefully my new bro-in law will finish residency and move back to AK so I can convince him to fly me around. At least he is cool and a pilot which makes up for the fact that he married my sister in law and set the bar too high for me. Now I have to deal with the "her sister married a doctor" from the M-I-L... Well at least he's cool!
    That may work on the North [grasshopper] side. On the South[lake George] it would be suicide.

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    Thanks for all the responses, I'll try to answer all the questions asked.

    I'm thinking ahead to an archery only goat hunt, I'd pick up a bear too if the opportunity presented it's self. I normally access the area on foot, it is a grueling 2 day hike. You can in fact reach the extreme north eastern part of the hunt by air boat, not at all a bad idea it would cut my hike in half! Trying to boat into the Gorge it's self would be foolhardy. I had herd the area around the lake itself got hit fairly hard for moose and bears but 2 years ago I was one of 3 guys who signed up to chase goats with a bow in the area.

    I'll give Meeking and the knick glacier tours folks a call, don't think I can swing $400-500 though.
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    Give Dave Glenn a call at Grasshopper Aviation at the Wasilla Airport, business phone number 907-373-6923. He flies a Maule into places like that alot. Knows the area very well and is the only airtaxi operator in the area.

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