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AKaviator
10-18-2012, 07:08 PM
You all should come up here and hunt. A guide is required for non-residents to hunt Brown/Grizzly, sheep and goats, but it's still a great place to hunt DIY and you can camp out with all the bears you want!

Bitterroot Bulls
10-18-2012, 07:11 PM
I got her done this year, AKaviator, and it was awesome!

No guide needed:

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/ii95/mcashell/mattbull2012_zps483c3e2a.jpg

jjenness
10-18-2012, 07:24 PM
My dream hunt awaits me! Hopefully some day.

AKaviator
10-18-2012, 07:32 PM
Great job Bitterroot! I saw in another post that you had taken a bull, he's a beauty!! What general area did ya hunt? If you look back in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, you might see some photos of a bull a lucky hunter got this season...73" and scored over 250! Wish it was me.
Yours looks like an old bull and I love the photo, it expresses why we hunt!

If you look to come back up, send me a pm and I might be able to help out.

Drelk
10-18-2012, 07:51 PM
I'm coming back to Alaska. Hunted brown bears and caribou. Killed both 7-8 years ago. Hunted with Rick grant. Tikchik air ventures. Anyway. Me and my hunting partner r coming up to do unguided float hunt for trophy moose.

Do u have an area that u would recommend for a trophy limited draw bull moose float hunt. Archery only muzz only. Anything that would increase the chance of trophy. We are very adept at rowing

Caribou black bear would just be collateral damage. But welcome

Any ideas

Drelk
10-18-2012, 07:52 PM
Pm me

Thanks

Bitterroot Bulls
10-18-2012, 08:18 PM
Great job Bitterroot! I saw in another post that you had taken a bull, he's a beauty!! What general area did ya hunt? If you look back in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, you might see some photos of a bull a lucky hunter got this season...73" and scored over 250! Wish it was me.
Yours looks like an old bull and I love the photo, it expresses why we hunt!

If you look to come back up, send me a pm and I might be able to help out.

Thanks,

It was a drive up and back, DIY hunt. I went with two other guys and we all got bulls. Fairbanks area. I got an email with the bull you referenced... what a stud! Mine should be close to the awards (210+), with his excellent palm development. We will have to see after the drying period.

Alaska is more affordable than some may think. We did it for under $2K each.

AKaviator
10-18-2012, 08:29 PM
pm has been sent!

Doe Nob
10-18-2012, 08:47 PM
How long does it take to drive from montana to alaska? We've looked into it, but its like a week up and a week back in travel from the gulf coast is my impression.....

Bitterroot Bulls
10-18-2012, 09:05 PM
It took 44 hours to drive up. We drove in shifts ... Straight through.

Ikeepitcold
10-18-2012, 11:16 PM
Thanks,

It was a drive up and back, DIY hunt. I went with two other guys and we all got bulls. Fairbanks area. I got an email with the bull you referenced... what a stud! Mine should be close to the awards (210+), with his excellent palm development. We will have to see after the drying period.


Alaska is more affordable than some may think. We did it for under $2K each.


Wow that is very affordable!

Edelweiss
10-19-2012, 02:50 AM
I moved up in November 1999 and drove from Whidbey Island Washington to Fairbanks over 6 days. November is not the time to drive. But I got really lucky and had no road closures or major whiteouts.

Moved back down via the aircraft a couple years later, and it was a lot easier, actually I moved to Spain.

Bitterroot Bulls
10-19-2012, 07:02 AM
Wow that is very affordable!

By far the biggest expense was fuel. We already had the backcountry and hunting gear. No guides, no plane tickets, no trophy shipping. The expenses came down to fuel, license/tag ($485), and food. We did blow $100 between the three of us for a shower at a cheap hotel room once we got out of the woods, though.

NM_Archer
10-19-2012, 07:59 AM
So you were able to bring the meat back through Canada? Sounds like an amazing adventure! Great bull!

tdub24
10-31-2012, 02:50 PM
BB, what caliber rifle were you using?

Bitterroot Bulls
10-31-2012, 06:06 PM
I got first blood on my 7mm magnum Savage project seen here:

http://www.eastmans.com/forum/showthread.php/2072-Savage-7mm-Rem-Mag-Project

NM_Archer,

We just sprayed the meat with citric acid, hung it in the trailer, declared it at the border, and drove it my processor here at home. My bull was dead for 11 days, never frozen, and the meat kept like a dream.

jay
10-31-2012, 06:58 PM
what does citric acid do? Is it a preservative? Never heard of this before...

Bitterroot Bulls
10-31-2012, 07:24 PM
citric acid lowers the PH level of the surface of the meat. the meat forms a dry crust. The low PH prevents blowflies and the like from laying eggs within the meat, and makes for an unsuitable surface for bacteria to grow. The result is unfrozen meat simply aging, and not spoiling.

hardstalk
11-01-2012, 06:06 AM
Imteresting, have never heard of citric acid on meat. What was your average temp on the meat bb? Does the acid add any undesired flavors?

Bitterroot Bulls
11-01-2012, 07:29 AM
Imteresting, have never heard of citric acid on meat. What was your average temp on the meat bb? Does the acid add any undesired flavors?

Temps ranged from 30 to 70 degrees. The crusted surface of the meat is removed by the meatcutter, and the meat tastes wonderful. Alaska-Yukon moose are a real delicacy, I assure you. I am sure the aging helped the flavor along nicely as well.

Shaun
11-01-2012, 09:28 AM
This is definatly on my bucket list. I honestly think my wife would let me sell anything I wanted to head to Alaska and take a moose. I will probably start looking toward 2014ish not sure. I am trying to find out a little more information on the Grizz, Goat, and Sheep over there as I have alot of distaint family that lives over there and my grandparents own 20 acres off the Keni so I am looking for ways to get around the guide thing. My grandpas brother that lives over there sent him the article that was in the newspaper in Ancorage i believe about that 73" monster that was killed over there. I have still yet to read it and it is sitting on my fridge in an envelope. I will try and remember to bring the article into work with me and scan it in and post it. If my memory serves me correct I want to say the guy was 74. Definatly an awesome accomplishment for that guy.

tdub24
11-01-2012, 09:36 AM
Its on my list as well. I actually have a friend that is looking to head up there so that's why I was asking about the caliber. Reading your 7mm project BB, sounds like you used either a 160 grain accubond, 168 grain Barnes LRX, or 168 grain Berger VLD. So I am guessing a 150gr Remington Premier AccuTip shot out of a .270WSM will bring a bull moose down? Any thoughts? I looked up the ft-lbs at different distances for my .270WSM and they rival the .300 WBY Mag shooting 180gr. I personally thing my gun is sufficient, but really don't know. Never been to Alaska let alone seen a one of their bulls.

Shaun
11-01-2012, 09:47 AM
Its on my list as well. I actually have a friend that is looking to head up there so that's why I was asking about the caliber. Reading your 7mm project BB, sounds like you used either a 160 grain accubond, 168 grain Barnes LRX, or 168 grain Berger VLD. So I am guessing a 150gr Remington Premier AccuTip shot out of a .270WSM will bring a bull moose down? Any thoughts? I looked up the ft-lbs at different distances for my .270WSM and they rival the .300 WBY Mag shooting 180gr. I personally thing my gun is sufficient, but really don't know. Never been to Alaska let alone seen a one of their bulls.

I see this question all the time on every forum I have been on. To be completely honest a well placed shot no matter from a 270 a 300 a 7mm or a 338 would do the trick. Of course the larger caliber the more whamo you can get (to an extent)haha. I am a 30 cal guy myself but have friends that shoot 270wsm's religiously and swear by them. I want to go over there and hunt archery myself

Shaun
11-01-2012, 09:48 AM
Its on my list as well. I actually have a friend that is looking to head up there so that's why I was asking about the caliber. Reading your 7mm project BB, sounds like you used either a 160 grain accubond, 168 grain Barnes LRX, or 168 grain Berger VLD. So I am guessing a 150gr Remington Premier AccuTip shot out of a .270WSM will bring a bull moose down? Any thoughts? I looked up the ft-lbs at different distances for my .270WSM and they rival the .300 WBY Mag shooting 180gr. I personally thing my gun is sufficient, but really don't know. Never been to Alaska let alone seen a one of their bulls.

I see this question all the time on every forum I have been on. To be completely honest a well placed shot no matter from a 270 a 300 a 7mm or a 338 would do the trick. Of course the larger caliber the more whamo you can get (to an extent)haha. I am a 30 cal guy myself but have friends that shoot 270wsm's religiously and swear by them. I want to go over there and hunt archery myself

Bitterroot Bulls
11-01-2012, 09:48 AM
tdub,

Your bullet would do the job just fine. I used 160 ABs. My partners used 300 RUMs, and the results were the same. One thing though, AK moose are HUGE. I mean, it is hard to explain just how big. I filled my empty chest freezer with over 600 pounds of CUT/GROUND MEAT. I know it is hard to believe, but they are a different creature than our Shiras. They are that big.

hardstalk
11-01-2012, 10:06 AM
Now that weve got the baby at home the wife has been wanting to do family trips. Religiously I take off one week a year to hunt, but things have changed. She has been itching to go to Alaska and it has always intrigued me. We have found a middle ground finally and i think in 2013 ill be chasing sitka blacktail while she goes rafting with the half of her family that lives there( the other half would like to go hunt). And i will just do bonus points for my regular areas.

tdub24
11-01-2012, 10:43 AM
Thanks Shaun and BB for your knowledge. It just further confirmed what I was thinking. BB, a shiras moose is the only thing I have seen in person and that was here in NV which needless to say is absolutely amazing. I first thought it was a horse till I got closer and knew if wasn't. I can only imagine how much bigger the Alaskan moose are. Thanks again gents!

AKaviator
11-01-2012, 03:45 PM
Its on my list as well. I actually have a friend that is looking to head up there so that's why I was asking about the caliber. Reading your 7mm project BB, sounds like you used either a 160 grain accubond, 168 grain Barnes LRX, or 168 grain Berger VLD. So I am guessing a 150gr Remington Premier AccuTip shot out of a .270WSM will bring a bull moose down? Any thoughts? I looked up the ft-lbs at different distances for my .270WSM and they rival the .300 WBY Mag shooting 180gr. I personally thing my gun is sufficient, but really don't know. Never been to Alaska let alone seen a one of their bulls.
tdub24,

Your .270WSM will do just fine. I believe the the placement of that first shot is the most important thing. Moose are big but not terribly tough unless they get their adrenaline up. My favorite has always been a .35 Whelen but I've taken moose with rifles from .243 up to .375H&H. Just remember that your'e a few links from being at the top of the food chain up here and it will take several trips to pack a bull out. That means you will be going back to a killsite. If you hunt Montana or Wyoming much you are likely used to big predators, but be careful.

tdub24
11-05-2012, 08:48 AM
Thanks AKaviator, I figured my rifle would be sufficient but wasn't exactly sure. I have never hunted where I am not the top link, so if I am able to afford the trip, I will definitely study up and get me some quality bear spray. Their will be something like 6 folks in the group so that should keep the packing out trips low. Once again, thank you all for the information.

tim81212
02-19-2014, 01:14 AM
BB- Im impressed at the low cost of your hunt. I have been looking at the air svc's and Ill spend at least 4k maybee 6. My buddy and I have plenty of time to drive so ill have to look into that. Caribou is on my list too. If you have any advice feel free to lay it on me.

swmoelk
05-20-2014, 11:51 AM
I too was surprised how affordable Alaska is. With a little research I already have one bear/deer/halibut trip booked and a caribou trip planned as soon as work slows. I'm a blue collar tradesman with two kids. Getting up there is definitely the $$. With some time spent in the regulations book and scouring maps it can be done. The hardest part for me is scheduling the time that it takes.

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Againstthewind
05-20-2014, 08:09 PM
Alaska is on my bucket list, too. After reading this it seems more like a possibility. Kids make it hard to travel sometimes. We try to get a national park in for at least a week every year, so maybe I can combine the trips like the others said. I am not sure what I would do with 600 pounds of meat. That might last a couple years. That citric acid is a good idea. I have heard of hanging deer in a cellar or shed something for a week and then cutting the rind off. It helps to tenderize the meat I guess. I haven't tried that, no where to hang one.

ALDERBUSTED
06-17-2014, 12:31 PM
For the guys who are pressed for time you might consider flying up and renting a pickup from Airport rentals http://www.airportequipmentrentals.com/vehicle_rentals.html . Another option if you want to bring your own truck/suv is taking the ferry out of Bellingham, WA http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ Personally i think flying up and renting a pickup is the best option factoring time and $$. Although if you had an Alberta deer/bear/moose tag you'd probably be able to tag out off the AlCan during the drive up;) The Anchorage airport is super easy to go in and out of for hunting. They even have freezer space for game/fish for rent. Now carting a whole moose around the airport might be a challenge but it's been done by lots of folks. The regs can get a little confusing and it's a lot of area to cover. It can be a lot of planning to get sorted after you find out what tags you drew. Hell, I live here, and after finding out my wife drew a Tok Dall tag for this August I/we went into full on prep scramble (bush plane, getting gear list tested, range time, time off etc...). AK is a big place, the logistics of getting to the place to hunt seem to me like the biggest hurdle. The lack of roads make it tough to access. Plane, ATV, jet boat, prop boat, ocean shuttle, ferry, float hunt, truck, bike, and hike. There are so many choices it's tough to focus on one type of hunt. My dad always said, "if it fly's, f**ks, or floats, rent it".

Cobbhunts
06-17-2014, 12:43 PM
Good post Alder! I wish the best of luck to your wife this August.....

hoshour
06-19-2014, 07:54 PM
I might be interested in going after caribou in the next 2-3 years. I'm definitely someone who would love to do it on the cheap and DIY. Not sure what that would run and whether a guy can drive from the northern US to awesome caribou hunting grounds or not.

One thing I know - I'm not driving to AK from North Carolina! That doesn't mean I wouldn't share the driving from MT, ID or WA. I'd just fly that far and help drive, which I love to do anyway.