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  • It Happens Once Again!!!!

    Well, in typical fashion, my so called sheep hunting partner has bailed out, exactly 24 hours before we were scheduled to leave. And, unfortunately, that means my 4 wheeled transportation into an area is gone. Let's see, it was about 4 years ago I had a Pioneer Peak permit, and had a partner bail, so I guess a solo hunt is what I get again, and, now that I think about it, who needs a partner. Anyway, before I jump off on a tangent and really get fired up (not that I haven't been the last few hours), I was hoping maybe somebody with a little knowledge on access into the Chugach Mountains might be able to help me out. Obviously, as an experienced sheep hunter, not killer yet, I am not looking for anybody to tell me where to go, but I have some certain drainages in mind, and would like to know if there is a way to get across the, say, MatSu river, hypothetically speaking of course. Anyway, as a lifelong Alaskan who dreams 365 days of one day full curl glory and sustenance, any help would be beyond appreciated.
    Thanks for your time, j

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    Got a raft? If not, there are some stretches of the Matanuska River that are calm enough that you could float across them in a little Wal-Mart inflatable. There are other areas, however, that are pretty swift and dangerous in a small inflatable. Anyhow, getting across in a boat of some type is the only thing I can think of. Maybe you could contact Nova River Runners (rafting guides) and see if they could drop you on the other side and pick you up on your return. Good luck to you!

    -Brian

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    • #3
      Walmart

      I would run to Walmart or sportsman wharehouse and grab an inflatable and paddle. It would be worth it when you return to cross the river and you have that 40" on your back!

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      • #4
        hang tough...

        J, you can make it happen. Keep your head and get a plan going.
        Many of us are already committed, but maybe someone will sign on.
        We look forward to your success story!

        Guys, choose your partners like your life depends on it, after all, it could.
        Proud to be an American!

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        • #5
          Guess I should be safe since i'm taking the wife!! When are you planning on going on your unplanned solo hunt and when you say 4 wheeled transportation are you talking 4 wheeler?? I can't go with you but maybe I can help you.

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          • #6
            Where Is Your Permit?

            Where excactly is your permit for?

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            • #7
              Drop me a line-

              J,

              I have a small self-bailing raft, frame, oars, and all the stuff that would be ideal for your purposes. Drop me a PM and let's talk. I may know something about the area you're looking at as well.

              I'd be happy to help.

              -Mike
              Michael Strahan
              Site Owner
              Alaska Hunt Consultant
              1 (907) 229-4501

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              • #8
                Thanks guys...

                Hey thanks for the responses so far guys, i sent a few of you pm's....happy hunting
                j

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                • #9
                  Nova?

                  Originally posted by B_M
                  Got a raft? If not, there are some stretches of the Matanuska River that are calm enough that you could float across them in a little Wal-Mart inflatable. There are other areas, however, that are pretty swift and dangerous in a small inflatable. Anyhow, getting across in a boat of some type is the only thing I can think of. Maybe you could contact Nova River Runners (rafting guides) and see if they could drop you on the other side and pick you up on your return. Good luck to you!

                  -Brian

                  Is Nova a licensed big game transporter?

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                  • #10
                    Haven't got a clue, Milo. It was just a thought off the top of my head as I was responding. You're right, though, in bringing up that issue. Thanks.

                    -Brian

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                    • #11
                      Land ownership

                      Make sure you've done your homework... good stretch of native lands over there. They require a $200 permit plus $25 hunting permit plus $ species fee... don't get mixed up in a battle you can't win..

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