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  • DS 203 hunt Aug 10th 2009

    Just got picked for a DS 203 hunt in the Delta junction! In the military and new to Alaska....does anyone have any suggestions?...fly in vs walk in, location, time, etc. Hunted in Pennsylvania my whole life but this is an entire new view for me on hunting. Help and direction is welcomed....thanks

  • #2
    How new to Alaska are you? If I'm not mistaken you have to have been here 12 months to qualify as a resident. If not, you have to hire a guide.
    Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
    - Frank Zappa

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    • #3
      what alasken said

      and if you are a resident, you may be too late to exercise the flyin option. Most of the taxis that operate in that area book very quickly, once the draws are released.
      Gary

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      • #4
        dibarfly,
        ...just try to tell us a little more....I assume you will be hunting within the definition of a legal resident hunter. (?)
        Backcounrty experience?
        Backpacking experience?
        shooting capabilities?
        partner or solo?
        age, physical condition, in condition now, or, not yet but will be in condition in Aug. (That a joke dibar.)
        Time for summer scouting on foot.
        Four-wheeler access during summer.???????????????
        Invest a few more seconds in a few more carefully worded questions or needs.

        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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        • #5
          New rules

          There was a new rule passed allowing military personnel stationed here to hunt and fish as residents wihout the need to wait the one year requirement. I will try to find the exact literature on this, but it's out there. He's legal either way now.

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          • #6
            i restract that... =)

            Well after reading up on it, alasken is right. You will need a guide, but there are no fee's for the Sheep tag. Next time i will read first post last.

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            • #7
              Try searching the archives on here and checking out the ADF&G website. They have a pretty good write up on hunting the DCUA. Wouldn't hurt to call ADF&G in Delta as well.

              The DCUA is a tough way to break into Alaskan hunting.
              sigpic

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              • #8
                When did you get to Alaska? Even though you are active duty military and can get the license and tag at the resident rate, you still need a guide unless you've been here 12 months.
                As foryour particular hunt, only area you can fly into is the Charlie Boyd airstrip, everything else is a walk-in only.

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                • #9
                  Fly...

                  Anybody can fly into the DCUA for DS203.
                  They simly must fly in many days prior to the start of the hunt.
                  It is quite easy to arrange for aircraft support prior to August 5th.
                  Cleraly, no motorized means of transportation can be used within the DCUA between Aug 5 and Aug 25, except aircraft can be utilized at the Charley Boyd airstrip on the upper Johnson River.
                  However, there are hunters, there will be hunters who enter various airstrips within DCUA on Aug 4th, or before that date.
                  I prefer to walk.

                  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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                  • #10
                    So if he flies in on the 4th he either has to A) walk to the Charlie Boyd for a pickup or B) he has to walk out or C) stay in the area until the 26th to get picked up. Choose your poison.

                    He can also ride a wheeler in there and drop off some supplies making the walk in a little easier but we still don't know his residency status yet so he might need a guide, which will make things easier for him as far as accessing the area.

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                    • #11
                      yes...

                      AKHUNTER45,
                      Yes.
                      I believe our last three posts, combined, are most accurate.
                      Furthermore, as told to me by the troopers, an aircraft and/or a four-wheeler, or a pack animal, can not be left within DCUA from Aug 5th through Aug 25th.

                      I have saw several hunters dropped off by aircraft on Aug 4th. They then walked out on Aug 14th+- with their gear and meat/horns. And I have watched as the troopers landed their cub to discuss these items with hunters who had a lot of stuff.

                      I also saw a four-wheeler poorly hidden under a pile of brush. I believe sombody called troopers, 'cause the next day their aircraft could be observed circling the approx GPS coordinates. When I left a week later, the wheeler was gone.

                      While hunting and guiding w/i DCUA, I have observed more trooper flight activity and landings then anywhere else in my 20 years in AK, which I support.

                      Again, I prefer to walk.

                      AKHunter45...have a great DS204 hunt!!!

                      Dennis
                      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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                      • #12
                        If I had this tag I would prefer to walk as well but since I have DS204.......

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                        • #13
                          Dcua

                          If im not mistaken, you can fly into the Charlie Boyd strip during the early hunt, and walk from there, and I also think hunters can be droped below High water mark

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                          • #14
                            high water?

                            ...high water...NOT. i have also saw water that extended from The Gistle River Glacier down five or more miles, and from mountain side to mountain side-three miles plus wide. That would be some hugh high water mark!
                            I do not see anything concerning or relating to any high water marks w/i DCUA while reading the AK Hunting Regs.

                            dennis
                            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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                            • #15
                              Huh?

                              Post #4 and #5, MDwhatley...

                              If our hunter meets the def. of a resident hunter and does not need a guide, he will not need a metal locking tag. He will need only his Resident Hunting License, a free harvest ticket/report, and his DCUR permit.

                              If he does not meet the def. of a res hunter he will need a licenced contracting AK guide-outfitter. And he will need an Non-Resident Hunting License, a free harvest ticket/report, his DCUA permit, and a $425.00 Sheep metal locking tag.

                              Dennis
                              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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