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    I am going to be hunting moose on the Koyukuk this fall. I have done the trip before. I am looking at a couple different options of how to get there. Does anyone know if you can rent a boat in Galena? How about a transporter? How much of a load can they carry? Say we get 3 moose can they take that much out? Thanks for any help.

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    Charlie Green

    I would give Charlie Green in Galena a call. I have not used his service, but have heard nothing but good things about him. His number is 907-656-1601. He will put you where the moose are.

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    • #3
      Ya, you can rent a boat from Charlie and he'll do you right. Last year he was charging $3,000/person for transport and boat rental. You have to pay for the gas that you will be using for your boat, but he provides the drums (as many as you need) and as far as weight goes, he'll take it regardless. A buddy and me used him last year and had a great trip, tagged out and saw some very beautiful country to boot. It's not cheap (not to mention the fact that gas in Galena last Sept. was $7.00/gal. and we used 120 gallons) but was definitely worth it for us. We had a great time, and like I said, Charlie did us right and is a good guy.

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      • #4
        Does charlie have a web page?

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        • #5
          Ha ha!

          Heck no. Phone only.

          Might see what Joe Shuster can do for you too. He has a website. Just Google his name. Tell him you have your own gear and don't need the "outfitted camp" set up.

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          • #6
            You could also

            try PJ Simon at: native_guy@hotmail.com

            One more maybe. John Stam 907-656-1401

            Good luck up there. We wanna see pics or video!

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            • #7
              I am curious I will hopefully draw Koyukuk eventually - I have all hunting gear but would want to rent a boat in Galena, $3k each seems steep, I would think $2k max for a boat/motor/boat gear for 10 days somewere?

              Is there possible another place to rent a little further but cheaper?

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              • #8
                Buy a boat.

                Ok hear me out. I put together a boat just for this purpose. Permit or not, I'm going to the Koyukuk! For the price I paid for the boat to take us from the bridge to Koyukuk and back, I could have gone 3-4 times with a transporter. I plan on going more than that so the money spent on the boat was the cheapest way to go.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DonV View Post
                  I am curious I will hopefully draw Koyukuk eventually - I have all hunting gear but would want to rent a boat in Galena, $3k each seems steep, I would think $2k max for a boat/motor/boat gear for 10 days somewere?

                  Is there possible another place to rent a little further but cheaper?
                  Ya gotta pay to play. Shuster will fly you in (if your outside the KCUA) for around $6,000/person this includes outfitting and that's the only way he'll do it. Like jtm9 said "buy a boat" if you do this trip a few times it will pay for itself.

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                  • #10
                    I hear great stuff about Shuster too but $12k for two of us is not happening, if for nothing else just principal. I can get a lot of nice gear for that. I live in Ohio and a boat in AK is not practical.

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                    • #11
                      Shuster is actually charging $6250.00/person this year, that's up from $5750.00 last year. As far as how good his service is, I've heard very mixed reviews. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal (for what you get) than Charley Green's service. He has several boats in different sizes/configurations that he will rent out for the same price, and his service is top notch. Hunting in Alaska is expensive compaired to lower 48 prices, even more so for non-resident hunters unless you have some good connections. If your planning on coming up here to do a remote hunt and have no connections, the first thing you should pack is a fully loaded wallet. On a good note though, sometimes you do get what you play for.

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                      • #12
                        If a guy was to take a boat down the Yukon river to Galena, would it be closer to put in at Manley Hot Springs and run down the Tanana to the Yukon vs. putting in the Yukon at the Haul road??...My sons and I have Moose tags for the Koyukuk area and was thinking of just running a boat down there?......THX for any help!
                        "Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous" ~ Reinhold Messner

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                        • #13
                          ttt

                          I've been wondering the same thing. (what is the shortest and/or best route ?). Also can I make the trip with a !5' Zodiak and 50 horse prop?

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                          • #14
                            Sounds great

                            Originally posted by Sockeye Salm View Post
                            ttt

                            I've been wondering the same thing. (what is the shortest and/or best route ?). Also can I make the trip with a !5' Zodiak and 50 horse prop?
                            Make sure you take a video camera to record your trip, because your going to have some great stories to tell.

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                            • #15
                              I've been wondering the same thing. (what is the shortest and/or best route ?). Also can I make the trip with a !5' Zodiak and 50 horse prop?
                              It can be done. I ran a 16' Lund with a 40 horse from the mouth of the Yukon to the Dalton. At less than 30 mph you can do the math. I did it, it was an experience and I saw some great country...but man o' man was it boring at times.
                              Bunny Boots and Bearcats: Utility Sled Mayhem

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