Big Game Hunting in Alaska is by its nature a potentially dangerous and strenuous sport. By making it clear for our Clients what one may expect while Fair Chase Hunting in Alaska’s Wilderness it will prepare you better to partake in a rewarding and a positive experience.
Please read this information thoroughly and take it serious as you want to be prepared mentally and physically for Sport Hunting in Alaska.
FAIR CHASE HUNTING IN ALASKA
The information below is listed in our Fair Chase Letter which we include in your packet of information which you receive and are required to read and sign. We want to make sure all of our clients are well aware of this information prior to hunting with us.
Sport hunting in Alaska is not like any of your local travel agency’s tours that have a plan laying out all agendas that rarely vary from the described program. The sport hunting experience just doesn’t work that way. You might say fair chase sport hunting has open itinerary-lots of plans, strategies and ideas that are likely to change daily or even hourly. Everything may go as planned ...or nothing will!! Surprises, confusion, delays, disruptive weather conditions, disappointments, risks of death or terror, disease, hazards, great joy, and sudden unexplainable changes are likely at any time. However, this is precisely what creates the challenge, the excitement, the memories, and the sense of perseverance, accomplishment and victory! Alaska has less big game per square mile than any of the lower 48 states. There are no guarantees of any kind. You must accept this fact, or don’t go. The success of your hunt should not be solely based on the harvesting of your animal. You will find it different with varying standards, but that is what sport hunters thrive on and is part of why they go, for they understand that the game they bag is only a small part of the overall hunting experience. It is all a part of fair chase and adventure. Fair chase is real hunting! This type of Sport hunting may not be for everyone.
Success rates on some hunts or certain species are higher than others. Book what your time and income can handle without skimping. Sport hunting anywhere is seldom a bargain. Your mental and physical stamina are important and must be considered. Wild animals and horses can be dangerous and so can all terrain vehicles, boats, planes, the weather, mountains, streams, rivers, the Alaskan environment, weapons and your fellow man. Imperfections of man, beast or equipment are a part of the hunting adventure. High standards are admirable, but ailing, inflexible, hard to satisfy or difficult people with a history of problems, hard drinking or complaining who can’t accept these realities should not go. Life is too short for all of us to risk having someone spoiling this potential life-long memory. Leave your tape measure, personal problems and all difficult, finger pointing people behind. The service we provide may not be up to what some expect. No gourmet cooking of meals, instead it will be basic meals supplemented with freeze dried food. Sanitary kitchen conditions which are rustic, spartan in wilderness settings at best and not restaurant fine dining style conditions. If you cannot accept that you should not go on this trip. Alaskan Big Game Hunting is strenuous, and will humble most hunters. If you are not in shape or your basic shooting skills are lacking, please be able to take responsibility for your short comings rather than blame others for failure when it results in lack of success in harvesting your trophies. If you cannot accept your own short comings and if you feel the need to point blame at everyone but yourself for lack of success when you are not mentally or physically prepared for this kind of adventure, please don't come to just to complain about what you were told to expect. Only then to blame your Guide instead of accepting like a Man, that you were aware that Alaskan hunting is challenging and real Fair Chase style hunting. Hunting for Alaska's big game trophies may require more than one hunt to harvest your animal. A lot of unexpected physical effort or hardship and walking will be required, even on the simplest type of hunts. In some cases, the arrangement may not be all that you wanted or expected, but the hunt is what it is. Uncontrollable circumstances can occur and are beyond our control. Surprises, confusion, delays, disruptive weather conditions, steep and rough terrain, high water flood conditions, shallow water conditions, braided river systems, major or minor log jams, dead falls, over hanging sweepers, dangerous under water formations in the rivers, streams or waterways you travel on, mechanical, equipment maintenance and breakage problems, and sudden unexplainable changes happen and are likely at any time. When using mechanical equipment on your hunt, preventative maintenance is required often and occasional repairs will need/have to be done. If you choose to utilize any equipment such as, but not limited to airplanes, boats, all-terrain vehicles, or camping gear, you will need to allow the time needed to perform maintenance and repairs on equipment as necessary. The obstacles in Alaska big game hunting which you encounter daily are what distinguish fair chase sport hunting from fenced ranches; game farms, feeder or bait stations and many different types controlled shooting. What one sees as a dream hunt may be a nightmare to another. Alaska Bush Adventures L.L.C. uses various types of camps and methods, depending on the situation. We may discuss several options when you are booking your hunt, yet you and your guide may and will use other methods at any time. Big game animals, weather, hunting success and luck are unpredictable. It is an adventure and experience where success is not measured only by the quantity or quality of game taken. ----- Hunting is the pursuit!!!
WHATS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE HUNT
Logistical support and consultation before and after the hunt, including:
• Information on how, when and where to purchase your hunting license and tags
• Arrangement of charters and flights to and from main camp
• Shipping your trophies to the expediter in Anchorage or advice on how to take care of the trophy yourself.
The point of outfitting begins in our main camp. A fully outfitted and well stocked camp, professional licensed guide, and trophy care while in the field.
ADDITIONAL COSTS YOU CAN EXPECT
The best way to ship your antlers, capes & meat to the final destination is to become a “Known Shipper” with the Airline you are traveling with by contacting their Air Cargo/Freight Office to register with them as a “Known Shipper”.
SECURING YOUR LICENSE AND TAGS
Nonresident and Nonresident Alien hunters must buy the appropriate metal locking tag before hunting a big game animal. Immediately after the kill, the tag must be affixed & locked on the animal. The tag must remain on the animal until the animal is prepared for storage, exported, or consumed. For animals such as bear, in units where the meat is not required to be salvaged, tags must be locked on the hide.
A big game tag may be used for a species of equal or lower value. For example, if you purchase a $1,000 brown bear tag, but do not take a brown bear, and take a moose instead, you may use the bear tag on the moose, since the moose has a lesser tag value.
You must then complete a harvest report for the moose, which requires that you obtain a harvest ticket before you hunt.
There is no lottery or drawing system for your hunting license and big game tags in our hunting areas. You can get them from the State of Alaska’s Department of Commerce https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/Store Guided Clients hunting with Alaska Bush Adventures can purchase them directly from us, we’re a State of Alaska Licensed and Big Game Tag & License Sales Vendor. All License & Tag sales purchased through us will be available by a cash only sale.
For our Guided clients we will sell you your license and tags once you arrive in hunting camp. Additional tags are available at our camp should you wish to take another animal during your hunt.
Unguided Clients will need to purchase them in advance from the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The website to do so is www.state.ak.us/adfg/admin/admhome.htm
NONRESIDENT BIG GAME TAGS & HUINTING LICENSES FEES
(In our Guide Use & Game Management Areas)
NONRESIDENT ALIEN TAGS
In addition to hunting for Big Game, there is exceptional fresh water Sport Fishing.
Nonresident 7-day sport fishing license $70.00
nonresident 14-day sport fishing license $105.00
Big Game Tags are not to be confused with Harvest Tickets which are required when hunting for Moose & Caribou. They are free & available at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.
Big Game Tags must be fastened or attached, & locked on a harvested animal around one of the antlers of a Moose, Caribou or Stika Deer or to the hide of a Bear, Wolf or Wolverine immediately after the kill and must remain there until the animal is prepared for storage, consumed or exported.
HUNTING CAMP ACCOMMODATIONS
Our River Base camps offer our most comfortable accommodations and offer one a great chance for harvesting Alaska Moose, Alaska Brown Bear, Alaska Grizzly Bear, Alaska Caribou and Alaska Black Bear without having to do the more strenuous type of spike camp hunting. You still need to be in good shape to have a more successful and enjoyable trip. At these camps we have large wall tents for dinning and common use with wood stoves for heat and propane burners for cooking. There are generators for power, hot showers, outhouse toilets and sleeping quarters with cots. In these camps we have satellite phones for communications with each other and emergency use. The Guides also carry video cameras to capture your hunt and daily activities for you to have forever to remember your Alaskan hunt.
By using the Jon boats with outboard jet motors on them we can travel up or down rivers for miles to hunt and get into many of the smaller streams that feed the main rivers. From here we can use spike camps when hunting, or we may return to the base camp every night. This is can be very productive, as other hunters cannot fly along the river and land where we are hunting with our jet boats. This allows access to remote areas where mature animals inhabit that cannot be reached any other way. We are the only Guide/Outfitter in this area that operates on these rivers and streams in this fashion. Give us 6 inches of water and a chain saw to cut through old logjams and we can get to places never hunted before. Besides using Jet boats we may access the uplands by Piper Cub planes, Argos or ATV's. This way we can glass and hunt the higher mountain valleys, alpine meadows and open country for Alaska Moose, Alaska Caribou, Alaska Brown Bear, Alaska Grizzly and Alaska Black Bears.
DO GUIDES RECEIVE GRATUITIES
Of course, it's entirely up to you as the Client, whether or not you wish to leave a tip for your Guide. Our Guides work hard to insure you have a successful and enjoyable hunt. Each person values another person's service differently and a generous tip for a hard working guide is always appreciated and the standard in the hunting industry. While each person must determine what amount to give, a 8-12% of the hunt cost is the Industry standard & will be greatly appreciated.
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What our past clients say:
"Ryan really worked hard for me and I took a nice 55" plus Bull Moose on the 3rd day . The Hoho Camp was well stocked to the roof with food and supplies. The hunt was a great trip and I hope to get back soon to get that Bear! Again, thanks for the great hunt and new friends. Walt Moore, 662-623-7292 Mississippi "