I joined this forum several months ago when I received orders to move to Anchorage (Air Force). My intent, like others I hope, is to learn as much about hunting Alaska as possible before I arrive. Lately the threads have turned to the discussion of guiding and transporting which leads to this post.
I am an avid hunter but have never felt the necessity or urge to hire a guide. Now don't get me wrong, Alaska is a very dangerous place and an inexperienced outdoorsman can get himself killed. An experienced guide might be necessary to teach people such as myself how to survive and navigate in the harsh environment of Alaska, but in essence arent people paying thousands of dollars for someone to hunt for them? I am getting sick of seeing or reading about guided hunts where some guy with a $1000 hunting outfit (tag still on it) follows a guide around the woods and then shoots a trophy. Is there any satisfaction in that?
I am unfamiliar with the use of transporters, I think Alaska is pretty unique in its lack of road systems and reliance on air and water transport. Is it true that certain areas are off limits to transporters due to guide usage?