Kyle Hanson, Unguided Moose Ridge Hunt Report
What a roller coaster of a trip but I’ve come to embrace the ride that Alaska seems to take us on!
September 12-24, 2018
This trip was round two for both my partner and I. We both actually hunted with this outfitter back in 16′. Although we were both successful we wanted to keep coming back and get the odds in our favor to target exceptional animals. Fortunate for us we arrived safe in Alaska, organized our gear and staged ready to load and go as planned. We were able to get into the field on time as well, great way to start the trip.
This area of Alaska certainly doesn’t disappoint.
We saw moose every single day and were able to picky about what we wanted to pursue. We were fortunate enough to lock tags on two WORLD CLASS animals on back to back days. My partner connected on his 64-inch bull day 5 of the hunt and I found my bull the very next morning. Still in disbelief that I had the opportunity at such a monarch, my bull measured almost 69 1/2 inches wide! Talk about getting it done!
The rest of the trip was spent packing both bulls back to accessible landing strips where the small bush planes could land. Unfortunately, from that point on we got pounded with hard weather and the planes couldn’t get to us as a result immediately. No complaints however ,because it was pretty damn hard to wash those smiles off. We didn’t care how hard it rained!
Weather and Grizzlies
We did end up getting socked in for two extra days and a total of 14 nights spent on the ridge. The only caveat to a remarkable trip, some of these areas are thick with grizzlies, and we did experience significant meat loss from the bears due to planes being grounded. This was an act of nature and not neglect, and it’s just a hard thing to have to face when hunting in areas with extreme terrain and weather. Once picked up and back in Bethel we were greeted back by none other than my consultant and friend Russ Meyer!
What a roller coaster of a trip but I’ve come to embrace the ride that Alaska seems to take us on! The outfit there deserves a lot of props as I don’t know that there’s a better unguided moose hunting experience up there. It was the total package for us. Organized, professional, options for meat processing and taxidermy on site. When we left it was like leaving a family, I cannot wait to get back to my Alaska home in Bethel once again some day!
- Overall, my trip was amazing, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- My outfitter’s communication before, during and after the trip was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- My guide was amazing.
- Physically, the trip was extreme.
- The food and accommodations were not an issue.
My consultant was Russ Meyer.
- My consultant’s communication before, during and after the trip was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more.
- My consultant was very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to.
- Would you book another trip with us in the future? Yes
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