Unguided Moose Hunt Report

Date: September, 2017
Trip Taken: Unguided Moose Hunt in Alaska
Consultant: Russ Meyer | OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL

We brought all of our own gear and equipment. It is easy to do, and I’d do that again. Here’s how to prepare. With all of our gear, guns, and ourselves we were still under the 800 pound flight limit. I think we were 742 lbs and we had everything we needed and then some.

It was a lake hunt and we flew in on a Beaver on floats.

The lake was 100 yards wide and 1.5 miles long… more like a river. We hunted a very flat area without any trees. Basically just a bog with lots of alders and grasses. Finding an open area and calling is really the only method of hunting. Walking was difficult much of the time and covering ground was difficult. The only animals I saw was mice, ravens, a couple of ducks, and moose. The ground is partially solid and partially like walking on a waterbed.

I’m happy to be a positive reference for this Alaska moose hunt, but don’t want my contact information to be public. We stopped at a couple of different camps on the way back and they were much the same. Flat, and surrounded by alder thickets.

I don’t have any complaints, but only suggestions and observations:

  • Communication in Bethel and communication with hunters in the field could be improved. I’d rate it a 3.5/5.
  • Having a better “backed up” plan in Bethel when weather causes delays would be beneficial to them and add to the customer satisfaction. Delays and problems will happen, it is Alaska. So might as well plan for them and communicate them to the clients. It might be helpful for the outfitter to tell the customer their expectations and tentative plan from the start. Then the clients can know what to expect and do.
  • My recommendation to anyone is that leave your spotting scope at home and plan on wearing hip boots all day everyday. There isn’t any reason to even bring regular hunting boots. Don’t plan on trees. This is not a beautiful area of Alaska, but has good moose. The biggest frustration a hunter has is not being able to see very far… We could have shot one bull with a bow, however this lake hunt isn’t a great archery hunt. I think it’s better suited for a rifle hunt.
  • The most beneficial thing that the Alaska transporter could do is tell you what lake you’re going to while you’re on your way and have a simple google earth print out laminated with that lake/area so you can study it. You can’t watch and remember everything you need to with a five minute warning that you’re landing. It’s hard finding open areas to hunt if you don’t know they are there. A huge open meadow could be just 50 yards away… or it could be just more alders.That said, if they did nothing different, they would still sell out year after year. A good moose hunt with great harvest would still happen. My expectations were met. I only needed a transporter, so my needs were filled and I am satisfied with what I received. We were flown into an area with moose and were able to harvest 1/2.
  • How likely would you be to refer Outdoors International booking services to your friends and family? Very Likely.
  • How were your conversations with your agent? Excellent.
  • How was your agent’s pre-hunt correspondence? Good.
  • How was your agent’s post-hunt follow up? Excellent.
  • How savvy/knowledgeable was your agent? Excellent.
  • What would you like to see us offer or do more of or do differently? Nothing.
  • Will you book another trip with us in the future? Yes, will consider unguided trips for various species. I’m interested in an unguided hunt service to get me into a quality area known for having game and getting me out. Support with some logistics is a bonus. If you can find good unguided hunts, I’d be interested.
  • I have pictures on my camera but haven’t looked at them yet. I may be able to upload them later. I’ll text the one picture I do have on my phone. You can use the picture, but please don’t post my name.

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