Hey you lucky Alaskans,
A very jealous NDT here. Wanted to live & hunt in Alaska since I saw "This Is My Alaska" at the age of 11, in 68'. Got my PPL in the late 80's with that in mind. Have made several seroius attempts to get up there, but I'm not going unless I can land work first, and all attempts to do so have fallen through. Last one was in 07'. Now at 53 and coming up fast on the end of my LE career (I'm a Deputy Chief of a 17 officer agency in ND, worked my way up from Patrolman over 28 years), and the financial crisis having ravaged my nest egg, it's looking like my window to get to Alaska has pretty much closed. So being, the best I can do, at least for now, is live vicariously through you gents who post here. I want to thank you for that as it gives a frustrated wannabe Alaskan a look into your world.
I picked ND to live as to me it was the last best, most free place in the lower 48. I've lived here for 30 years now and I cannot complain much. Our deer population is considerably higher than humans (we have roughly 600,000 residents and about a million white & mule deer). The waterfowl & upland hunting is second to none and the deer hunting superb. We had a bit of a slow year for waterfowl and my two labs still split 150 some odd retrieves. I have my share of trophy whitetail (my office wall racks range from 128-153), all of which were taken within 20 miles of my farmstead. I bumped off this year's buck a mile from the yard, a basic 4x5 with 6" bases, 8" plus brows and 5 extra scorable trash points on each side. I grew up bowhunting before bows had wheels, and still do most of my bowhunting with recurves. I don't usually draw on anything I don't figure will go 125, and have my share of those as well.
Still, it's not Alaska.
Any Alaskan LEO/F&G, traditional archers, shooter gun accumulators (my safe is full & they are all shooters, I'm a certified LE sniper), gundog trainer types here, would love to hear from you guys.
That is my explanation, now for a question...
From lurking over the years, it seems obvious that unlike me being a rural ND guy, fairly easy access large game day hunts are rare up there. So being, how does an Alaskan who lives in say, Fairbanks and who doesn't own an aircraft, go about hunting moose/caribou (I'm just guessing they would be the most commonly sought critters). I'm assuming you have to have an air charter drop camp you somewhere, or you either own & launch your own boat, or charter one?
I understand there are a lot of variables I don't know of such as game units, land boundaries & so forth. I'm just trying to get an idea how much work & prep & how much it costs a resident to hunt. If you don't have a plane, do you end up paying like a NR does?...