A few fellow Ohioans and I are planning a hunt next fall. There will be at least 1 Alaska resident meeting up with us that has been on a float hunt before, but the rest of us are brand new to the Alaskan wilderness although we are established and successful hunters in the midwest.
First of all, I want to say that I have been waiting a long time to get the right group of friends interested in going on this trip. Alaska, to me, is the trip of a lifetime, but I am planning on making this trip at least once every 2-3 years once I chuck out the money on equipment, firearm, etc., and only have the associated costs of transportation and raft on a trip by trip basis.
Secondly, harvesting an animal on the first trip to AK would just be a bonus. The scenery and majestic landscape will be worth the trip.
So I have a few questions:
1.) For a AK beginner, what are would be recommended area for a float hunt for moose/black bear? We talked about caribou/black bear, but as a group we would rather hunt moose. We also would like to get in an area that has wolf available.
2.) We have partially planned out a trip running from Fairbanks to Bettles, then a fly in and out from Bettles through Bettles Lodge. But would we be better hunting closer to Anchorage (which is where one hunter is from) and getting a charter out of Anchorage for moose/bear? So if there is a specific area for non residents to hunt closer to Anchorage for moose/bear, it would save this particular hunter several hundred dollars.
We also have to take into consideration class I and II only rivers as we are not experts on the water.
Just throwing this out there------we lease 800+ acres of land in southern Ohio and we strictly manage the whitetail herd and take 150"+ whitetail on a yearly basis. If there is someone in AK that wants to get an additional hunt in next year and meet up with us and show us some ropes, we would be more than happy to accomodate them on a whitetail hunt. You would only be out roundtrip airfare to Columbus which looks like its about $850-$900.
As of right now, through roundtrip airfare to and from, cost of the float and tags and licenses, I am looking at $2500-$3000. Does that sound about right?
I dont expect anyone to reveal their honey holes, but I would more than appreciate any helpful information.
Thanks in advance,