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    Hello all, now that spring is here I would like to go with anybody who is plannning a hunt for moose/bear/dear. I have most supplies "I think" for a hunt to include a 30-06 and a 50 cal muzzel loader. If there is anyone that will let me tag along just to help carry meat out or whatever, I'll be thankful. I would love to do some fishing too. I don't care the type if you know how to cook it. Thanks for reading this and I hope we all get what we hunting for this year.

  • #2
    friendly advice

    There is a bunch of great members on the forum and some are willing to take and teach others but many are very selective about new partners. I might suggest that you provide alot more info about yourself to get any kind of respones. Your profile doesn't even state where you are located. Add as much info as you can, ie. age, weight, limitations, location, availability, experience, smoker, drinker, equipment, I think that you get the idea. Good luck
    Semper Fi and God Bless

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    • #3
      dating site

      Ya, don't you know that this is a secret dating site and female posters looking for "partners" get quick offers!

      Honestly...............your gonna have to kinda sell yourself first.

      I've been watching and contributing to this board a few years and I can tell you of about 4-8 other posters that if asking I'd honestly offer to help or join them on a hunt. That doesn't happen overnight and you gotta let us know your up to the challenge and have a high level of commitment.

      Of those posters I'd enjoy hunting with.....ALL have experience and ALL have shown a high level of intellegence and integrity.

      Good luck in all you do.

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      • #4
        Good suggestion...

        by tboehm. These are big trips for hunters, maybe the only trip each year so they have a lot at stake. The extra details will help others match you up with their trip expectations. Alcohol is a good example. In an AOD thread discussing the topic, responses for and against were both represented by experienced, seemingly responsible hunters - and both were pretty clear about their positions on the matter.

        My favorite parts of Rich Hackenberg's book, Moose Hunting in Alaska - were his stories about things that can go wrong sometimes with hunting partners -good illustrations for making a careful match.

        If you should need a plan B, some AOD members have also found ways to get out solo - hunted within their abilities and done well. Check out Cast&Blast's posts for one. Interesting reading at least.

        Best of luck getting out this year.
        No habitat, no hunter.

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        • #5
          additional info to hunting partner/teacher needed

          Hello all, thanks to some great feedback from some of the readers I now know to give a few details about myself. i'm 35, 5'11, 230 lbs. no handy caps to speak of I don't care what my co-workers say. Helping out with paying or going somewhere. I will need some heads of before a trip because i'm in the Air Force, so I will have to let them know before hand where we would go and so on ...I have a -35 sleeping bag several mre's/mountain meals, meat bags a 2 man tent w/gear. I have a 1/2 ton truck w/ a topper. I'm in good health and better ambition to learn hunt, kill, clean up, and process whatever. No ATV yet (on the to get list). Anyother tips or quations please let me know. Thanks for reading.

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          • #6
            Go Solo...

            EzyR,
            I suggest you plan a solo black bear hunt or two. Use your imagination. It's east if you try.

            You will gain a tremendous amount of experience fumbling and bumbling around by yourself for awhile. And by going solo you will learn about yourself....like if the hunting and killing fire really burns within yourself. By age 35 most of us know if we really want to kill stuff. By age 25 I was certain I did not want to golf.

            Just start with the info on this forum, and the gear you already have. After a few black bear hunts and backpacking weekend trips you will have the confidence for other adventures. But I do agree that to tackle a moose it is a great help to hava an experienced hunting partner to provide guidance.

            Does Eielson Air Plane Patch have a bow club? Join it. They must have some type of outdoors activities planned with MWR-OAP. Volunteer for the OAP program (ask MWR what it is) and you will meet some dudes that hike, raft, canoe and hunt.

            But again, if the fire burns within you...try some solo weekends trips.

            ....and start walking-hiking 5 miles every day...no more ding-dongs...

            Dennis
            AK TAGS
            Imagine (It's easy if you try)
            …miles and miles of mountains…wide expanses of tundra...remote wild waters…
            (Whisper words of wisdom) Let It Be

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AlaskaTrueAdventure View Post
              You will gain a tremendous amount of experience fumbling and bumbling around by yourself for awhile.
              Great point. I was talking to a friend today about learning field dressing and cape care skills. I took him on his first caribou hunt, and while I was trying to teach him as we went, ultimately I did most of the work. When he inquired about videos and such today, I pointed him in the right direction but also shared the same advice as above. Reading and watching videos is helpful, but he'll never really learn how to butcher and cape an animal until he does it a few times himself. The same is true of other hunting skills - doing it yourself can be ridiculously challenging at first, but it imparts valuable lessons and develops a love of hunting in many at the same time. I recall my first sheep kill, which was also solo. It absolutely kicked my butt beyond what words can describe, but I learned so much about myself and about hunting on that trip. I love hunting with a partner most days, but I wouldn't trade that solo experience for the world.

              All of that being said, I imagine if you talk to folks there on base that you can find someone willing to take you out. Offer to haul bait for someone running a bear bait station. Hauling hundreds of pounds of bait can be back breaking, so if you offer to haul bait and make it clear that you don't expect to get a shot in return, I'd bet you'll get some takers.

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              • #8
                why the right hunting partner is important

                Originally posted by Bighorse View Post
                Ya, don't you know that this is a secret dating site and female posters looking for "partners" get quick offers!

                Honestly...............your gonna have to kinda sell yourself first.

                I've been watching and contributing to this board a few years and I can tell you of about 4-8 other posters that if asking I'd honestly offer to help or join them on a hunt. That doesn't happen overnight and you gotta let us know your up to the challenge and have a high level of commitment.

                Of those posters I'd enjoy hunting with.....ALL have experience and ALL have shown a high level of intellegence and integrity.

                Good luck in all you do.
                Bighorse is right on the money so far as the whats, but I think that some might not understand the whys.

                In a good bit of the lower 48, the wrong hunting partner will turn your hunting trip that you've waited all year for into a nightmare that you won't want to repeat.

                In Alaska, the wrong hunting partner can kill you, even if only by his inaction or fear, and of also easily by lack of or the wrong preparation.

                You're not in Kansas any more Dorothy.

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                • #9
                  I once went on a hunting trip.....

                  with a few folks including a guy who I had never hunted with before. Miles later we banked the canoes and while we were setting up camp this dude produces 2 cases of cheap beer. We were stymied as we didn't even know the beer was in the canoes but even more amusing was to watch said dude drink both cases of beer, fart and belch all night and tell stupid jokes. After this and a few other incidents, I have gotten quite selective about who I will hunt with. The few people that I venture out with nowdays, I knew pretty well before ever hunting with them. Fishing might be a good way to break the ice and start getting to know someone as it is not nearly the commitment as a hunting trip and it kind of lets others figure out just who you are.

                  I would imagine there would be quite a number of AF guys who hunt and fish around here. Some have probably been around for a while and have learned a bit about AK. I suppose if you were to just kind of toss it out there occasionally you might be supprised who would be interested and who might have some experience. I would also guess that a bunch of AF guys would have quite a bit in common as far as interests and such which would make them probably a lot less boring to other like minded folks.

                  Anyway, I wish you luck in your AK outdoors endeavors as it is always welcome news to know that the interest in hunting is not completely dying, as some would like us to believe.
                  If anything is going to happen, it'll happen out there.

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                  • #10
                    All of that being said, I imagine if you talk to folks there on base that you can find someone willing to take you out. Offer to haul bait for someone running a bear bait station. Hauling hundreds of pounds of bait can be back breaking, so if you offer to haul bait and make it clear that you don't expect to get a shot in return, I'd bet you'll get some takers.
                    I think this is illegal unless you are one of the people who registered the bait station. Otherwise the work could be considered paymet for hunting at their station. The good news is the Bear baiting course is on fish and game's web site. If you find someone who has not registered their site yet you could take the course and co register. Then there would be no issues. Also for weekend trips you might look at either RL450 or RL460 depending on what type of hunting you do. They are close and hike in areas. As long as you are in good shape they are do able. Good luck.
                    It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

                    http://wouldieatitagainfoodblog.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by garnede View Post
                      I think this is illegal unless you are one of the people who registered the bait station. Otherwise the work could be considered paymet for hunting at their station. The good news is the Bear baiting course is on fish and game's web site. If you find someone who has not registered their site yet you could take the course and co register. Then there would be no issues. Also for weekend trips you might look at either RL450 or RL460 depending on what type of hunting you do. They are close and hike in areas. As long as you are in good shape they are do able. Good luck.
                      Whoop! Thanks for catching that. If he takes the baiting class and is listed on the permit, though, then he would be allowed to help haul bait. It's not much of a hoop to jump through, and I imagine he'd get some takers.

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                      • #12
                        Very interested in reading all of these responses. Having posted a very similar thread several weeks ago, I had some difficulty trying to find someone willing to show a "New Alaskan" the ropes. I am intrigued about peoples suggestion on blazing the trail yourself. Someone suggested RL450 and RL460 both are out of Eagle River, any other suggestions??

                        Having come to the realization that going out on my own may be the best option, (due to few suggestions, and not wanting to interfere with someone's trip of the year) I would like a few directions on how one starts to set up a solo hunt. Lets say, spring black bear. No bait, hike in off of the road system.

                        Where should a guy go?
                        Besides the basics of gun, tent, sleeping bag, framed backpack, cooking stove, food, first aid etc. what does someone need?

                        Anybody with a good knowledge, and is willing to share please let me know.

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                        • #13
                          Go Solo...

                          MNAK08,
                          Get a map of the Kenai Pen.
                          Look for south facing slopes. For isolation, look for slopes that have any type of barrior between the slope and a road. Distance is one barrior. Water is another. Mountains are another barrior. Note...think Johnson Pass trail or a mountain on the south side of Kenai Lake.....or find a hidden paradise.
                          Get LaCross Big Chief ankle fit hipboots, along with your other gear.
                          Plan to start on the second or third weekend in May.
                          Become the predator that you believe you are. Talk is easy. It is now time to perform.
                          Hike and glass for black bears on the slopes. The bears will be eating the new blades of grass. Spot, then Stalk, paying attention to the wind. Shoot the bear through the lungs. Take pictures with tripod and self-timer camera. Skin the bear. Debone meat and put in a game bag in your pack. Hike to truck. Go back and retrieve bear hide and your camp stuff.
                          Drive home.
                          Refine the process, and go again next week.
                          Keep your paradise to yourself, or the entire squadron will be there next week.

                          Dennis
                          AK TAGS
                          Imagine (It's easy if you try)
                          …miles and miles of mountains…wide expanses of tundra...remote wild waters…
                          (Whisper words of wisdom) Let It Be

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                          • #14
                            No experience up here and you want him to go solo hunting?? c'mon man, you should never tell someone to go solo............
                            __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________
                            Bellingham, WA

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                            • #15
                              Solo????

                              I agree with Randy. Sending an inexperiencedperson out solo is not a good idea. Too much can go wrong really fast up here and inexperience can get someone seriously injured or "God forbit" killed. Ezyrider, I am thinking about going on a PWS black bear hunt this spring with another budy of mine. I won't promise you a shot, but we may be able to carry another along. pm me for more details. I would also like to know more about you as you would me as well; that's better done over pm or e-mail than over a public forum.
                              “Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong." ~Calvin Coolidge~

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