Ok folks, here is the story of my hunt if your interested. Itís going to take a while to type this as I have one hand in a cast. Also all the armchair quarterbacks and ethics police who like to tear apart other peopleís hunts, donít go there.
I will include some basic info now and then for people who have never done a hunt of this type. Letís start with travel to your hunting destination... I flew a direct flight from Chicago to Anchorage with Alaska Air and every thing went smoothly. Everything arrived at the proper place at the proper time. I think most people would recommend you should always try to book a direct flight when ever possible. There is less chance of things going wrong. Also realize baggage feeís apply to every flight. This could really add up quick. Upon landing at your destination Alaska Air will hold your weapons at a separate counter. You will have to go ask for your weapon and show some type of identification. I felt comfortable with this setup. I had no issues with TSA and checking my firearms for the flight. You open the case in their presence and they look inside. They give you a form to sign and you then put this form inside the gun case. This procedure took maybe 3 minutes. No big deal at all.
I would recommend buying a darn good hard shell gun case if you fly with your firearms. After seeing what luggage goes thru I was glad I spent some coin on a good case. There is a lot of machinery and conveyer belts involved. My BOYT gun case allows you to use 2 padlocks of your choice to lock the case. I would never trust some of the integrated locks I saw on some other gun cases.
For baggage I had a large external backpack, gun case(duh) and a carry on bag.I put the backpack inside a very large duffel bag. You donít want all the straps and waist belt getting caught in conveyer belts.
Well, Iím finally in Alaska and I canít stand the excitement. I grab a cab and head to the Millenium hotel where I had reservations. Nice place with a real Alaska theme. After checking in I wanted to go and visit the infamous Barneyís sport chalet so back into another cab we go. Cool place and you guys are right, itís smaller than you think for such a large following. Ya, Bob got some of my hard earned cash.
Well the only thing left now is to wait for the Alaska-Yukon trails shuttle to pick me up in the morning and take me to HealyÖ.To be continuedÖ..