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Penny-Pincher Hunts: Moose

If today’s economy has you and your family second-guessing every expenditure, we’ve got your back with 10 quality, yet affordable, hunts.

Admit it, you’ve always wanted a moose rack in your den. Quit wishing and start planning. A guide is not required for a nonresident to hunt moose in Alaska, although some areas are closed to nonresidents. Licenses are relatively cheap with a moose license priced at less than $500 for nonresidents or $25 for residents. Your biggest expense will be the time involved in research and transportation into the wilderness.

An unguided moose hunt in Alaska runs anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000, but that’s cheap considering most guided hunts begin at $10,000. Since Alaska has fewer miles of road than Rhode Island, your best bet is to book an air taxi service and either set up a base camp and hike from there or float a major river. Most taxi services recommend good locations for either option and a few even provide rafts and tents.

Many of Alaska’s 26 game management units are posting decreased moose populations due to predation from wolves and bears. Traditionally the highest densities are found in south-central and the Alaska interior, but the largest bulls commonly come from southwestern Alaska in units like 9 and 17. A popular float in south-central Alaska takes place next door in unit 16A. Start your hunt by floating Kroto or Moose Creek and beyond to the Deshka River, which flows south to the Susitna River. Be ready for lots of hiking and packing 500 pounds or more of meat if you’re successful. The pain is worth the price.

Contact Information: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, www.wildlife.alaska.gov; Alaska Division of Occupational Licensing, www.dced.state.ak.us.

Season Dates:
September, but varies depending on unit.

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