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Old 07-11-2019, 10:55 AM   #1
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Spent 20 years hunting Alaska. Lot of DIY hunts to do there. Will help anyone with all the info I can. Main issue with DIY hunts is getting into the bush. But there are options for that, especially if you have access to military bases.
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:57 AM   #2
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This was my buddy Kirk. Called that moose in for him right off the highway outside North Pole. Caribou was on the Ivashek river, North Slope.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:00 AM   #3
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The moose in my avatar is the biggest I’ve ever called in 62.5” my buddy (now deceased) Joe killed him in Chicken, AK
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:06 AM   #4
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Went out of Whittier with a guy about 15 years ago that was stationed in Anchorage. Had a great trip of fishing and black bear hunting. He now has a lodge on Prince of Wales Island.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:26 AM   #5
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Went once in 2017 headed back August 2nd for caribou. Next year may head for moose. May give you a shout if we decide to to get some information.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:28 AM   #6
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Why did you leave? I left Texas to move here!
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Going on my first DIY moose trip up there this September. Really excited and anxious after 2 years of planning and logistics.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:52 PM   #8
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Why did you leave? I left Texas to move here!
Lol...Bad divorce. I flew my home built plane to Panama to get as far away from her as possible. Spent 8 years there, now Iím back kickin around the states. Wintering in Texas.
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All my Alaska hunts were DIY. I’ve used air taxi a few times. Then I learned to fly.
If anyone is interested, I will add where and how to info on here. There are several places I’ve been successful that are pretty easy hunts. I don’t want to spend the time if there is no interest. But I have enough stored in my brain housing group to write a book. And still it just touches the tip of the iceberg called Alaska
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:39 PM   #10
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Looking forward to reading about your DIY hunts. I'm planning on hunting Alaskan black bear in the near future. What stories do you have for big black bear? Not sure it will be a DIY or guided trip.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:01 PM   #11
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I was born in Alaska on the air force base. Want to go back someday and hunt everything. Still remember seeing moose when my dad n mom would take me for a bike ride and put me in those little kid seats.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:11 PM   #12
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All my Alaska hunts were DIY. Iíve used air taxi a few times. Then I learned to fly.
If anyone is interested, I will add where and how to info on here. There are several places Iíve been successful that are pretty easy hunts. I donít want to spend the time if there is no interest. But I have enough stored in my brain housing group to write a book. And still it just touches the tip of the iceberg called Alaska
Love to hear what you have in that head of yours.
An Alaska Caribou hunt is on my bucket list.
Thanks for sharing.
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Going on my first DIY moose trip up there this September. Really excited and anxious after 2 years of planning and logistics.
What part of Alaska are you going to hunt?
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:49 PM   #14
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My only trip there was a deployment to Eielson AFB with some BUFFs.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:51 PM   #15
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Interested in hunting moose, would be willing to consider a small group of TBHíers to join efforts
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:43 PM   #16
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What part of Alaska are you going to hunt?
Western AK. Apparently where Iíll be is remote by Alaskan standards or thatís just what my pilot considers remote. Iíll probably do a thread as it gets closer with gear, research, logistics, and other details for guys who are interested.
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Looking forward to reading about your DIY hunts. I'm planning on hunting Alaskan black bear in the near future. What stories do you have for big black bear? Not sure it will be a DIY or guided trip.
Bear are everywhere. Itís just a matter of selection.
Prince William Sound has a lot of good spring bear. You cruise the shorelines with a boat and glass, then stalk.
I had a bait station south of Anchorage for quite a few years, my buddy took it over when I left, but I donít think he hunts it anymore. I accessed it by airboat but it is walkable and not a hard walk but a few miles. On railroad tracks except for the couple hundred yards into the bush. Very doable hunt with lots of hills on both sides of the tracks to glass. Took 3 really big bear out of there. All 3 squared over 7í and skull scored over 20Ē almost grizzly class.
My best friend works a gold mine just a tad bit north on Valdez. They open the mine in May. They have many bear come thru camp and he said he can sit at his camper and spot them all over the hillside. If he is still working there next spring, he would point anyone in the right direction.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:44 PM   #18
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Was stationed at Eielson AFB for 5 years. Made an annual trek to the North Slope every year for caribou. Miss public land hunting.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:46 PM   #19
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Love to hear what you have in that head of yours.
An Alaska Caribou hunt is on my bucket list.
Thanks for sharing.
As far as Caribou.......there are not a lot of open areas south of the brooks range. Most are lottery draw. Because they are fairly accessible. If you were to get lucky enough to get a draw tag, then you have to plan from there.

Iíve had a lot of friends come to Alaska to hunt. This is what they did. Of course they had some ďinsideĒ help because I lived there, but they got a group of 6 guys and came in 2 trucks. Drove from Pa. pulled a trailer with a freezer on it. Small generator to run it. Once they got there I supplied the boats and quads, but they could easily be brought along with you.
A 16/18í jet boat can run most rivers there. I prefer airboat, but thatís just me.
Here is where the boat comes in handy......north of the Brooks it is archery for 5 miles either side of the road. You can do good if your sneaky and donít get messed up by other hunters. But for those who donít want to do bow, you put the boat in the Sag river and run it upstream until you find the Ivashek. A mile or so up the Ivashek and you can hunt with a rifle. There is usually 100 pieces of surveyors tape around a bush marking the 5 mile line.
If a bunch of guys go, you might have to shuttle several trips up the river.
Extra fuel is 120 mile RT. Dead horse.
Another great archery hunt there is to have someone drop you way up the Sag river and float it with a raft. It runs close to the road all the way to deadhorse.
Great fishing for Artic Char and Grayling that time of year, world class!
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:51 PM   #20
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Was stationed at Eielson AFB for 5 years. Made an annual trek to the North Slope every year for caribou. Miss public land hunting.
I lived right behind the Knotty Shop in Salcha, ran the Wood Hobby shop on Eielson from 05 to 2010
I miss it to. So different here.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:01 PM   #21
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I lived up there for 11 years total. Wanted to go back but couldn't pass up the job I was offered here.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:03 PM   #22
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Sounds like you had some great adventures in Alaska. Are you already in the Comstock area? I work out there and would enjoy hearing about some of the public land hunting up in Alaska.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:08 PM   #23
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Interested in hunting moose, would be willing to consider a small group of TBHíers to join efforts
If you do get a group together, look at the AK Draw hunts. There are some good odds of getting a tag for Archery only hunts.
And some of the archery only areas donít require a draw tag. The pic on this thread was in an Archery only area right outside North Pole. We used a quad to pull him out, but it would have been a very short pack job.
Most DIY hunts are going to require some sort of transportation. Be it aircraft, boat or quad. A few spots you can drive to with a truck and get lucky and find one near the road, it happens. But best to hedge your odds and get away from the crowd a bit.
That area we took that bruiser in my avatar is a pretty easy quad ride. A few deep mud holes, but you got to pick your way around them. It a gold mine road. You donít see a lot of moose there, but when you do, itís usually a shooter. We took at least 5 over 50Ē from there. If I was asked to recommend a trophy area, it would be there or on the Yukon River. The Yukon can be hunted by jet boat.
And most areas are spike/fork or 50Ē for non-resident.
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:12 PM   #24
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Sounds like you had some great adventures in Alaska. Are you already in the Comstock area? I work out there and would enjoy hearing about some of the public land hunting up in Alaska.
No sir, we will be there at Seminole Canyon SP as park hosts starting Sept.
I can sure tell you all about sleeping with Kodiak bear!
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:34 AM   #25
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In for future info!
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:33 AM   #26
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Following. I would like a Caribou hunt in the near future.
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Old 07-12-2019, 10:39 AM   #27
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Some more Alaska action. The pic with all the dead Bou. We were fishing at camp for Char when the herd came thru camp. Only way to go. That tundra will wear you out!
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:11 PM   #28
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slacha pete the wood shop guy?
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:40 PM   #29
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I lived right behind the Knotty Shop in Salcha, ran the Wood Hobby shop on Eielson from 05 to 2010
I miss it to. So different here.
Wife and I were both enlisted, there from 90-95.
I would drag her north of the Yukon to bear bait.
Never got a bear. Only success was a nice caribou my third trip up.
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:59 PM   #30
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slacha pete the wood shop guy?
Yes sir, that used to be me. Sounds like our paths may have crossed!
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