I'm moving to Alaska in April, coming from Oregon. I've posted on here before a few times. But I'm a bowhunter and have never hunted with a rifle but plan to pick up a rifle for some hunts in Alaska.
I don't want to wait till the last minute to plan for my first AK hunt so I am trying to do as much as I can now. I have bought several books and read them all, researched the Fish & Wildlife page, I understand the general regs and the system fairly well. This first year I plan on trying to focus on moose and/or caribou. I hear a lot of guys suggest black bears for a first hunt but that just really doesn't turn my crank as much as antlered game.
My biggest problem will be that I will probably be hunting solo and on somewhat of a budget. I'm not sure what I should do, hunt off the road system hiking in or hopefully afford a fly out hunt. A float hunt is probably out of the question for an inexperienced (in alaska) solo hunter. I also understand the undertaking of trying to take care of a moose alone too, that is also another hurdle. I have taken care of a lot of animals, nothing that big though. I'm a good hunter/woodsman and hunt solo mostly at home.
SO, if you were me in this situation what would you do? What kind of hunt would you plan for or what do you think would be the best course of action for me?