Non-resident hunt costs?

pathfyndr

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Been talking with a friend that lived in Alaska for a few years, he came back to CA about a yr ago and after our Colorado Elk hunt he wants to return back to Alaska for a Moose hunt and i'd like to join him for a Caribou hunt. Been thinking of flying into Fairbanks next year during open season for both big game. Is there much more than just a rental and some outfitters tents we would need out there? any hidden fees besides tag and license? Im starting early to get this info.
 

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Are you going to be road hunting, floating a river, fly in to a lake or gravel bar? You'll probably have better success getting farther from the crowds but how much are you willing to spend in time, effort or $$? Talk to the local ADFG biologists. Caribou have become less predictable if ever as the weather is changing while moose can be in people's back yards but still a challenge to find. Know the rules for the unit you are hunting and know where you are with good maps, compass and GPS. Basic stuff for any hunter but Alaska is less forgiving than most places and brown bears make it even more interesting! As nonresidents you can't hunt them without a guide. Good luck.
 

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... As nonresidents you can't hunt them without a guide. Good luck.
JuneauEd, It's been years for me, and I have not kept up, but did ADFG change the regs, as they use to allow a non resident to hunt with a resident, or a guide?
 

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It's my understanding that you have to hunt with a resident or a guide when you are in Alaska.
 

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Been talking with a friend that lived in Alaska for a few years, he came back to CA about a yr ago and after our Colorado Elk hunt he wants to return back to Alaska for a Moose hunt and i'd like to join him for a Caribou hunt. Been thinking of flying into Fairbanks next year during open season for both big game. Is there much more than just a rental and some outfitters tents we would need out there? any hidden fees besides tag and license? Im starting early to get this info.
You are better off doing it out of Kotzebue with drop in service. See if you can draw, unit 51 iirc, there are some Dandy moose there, but you have to take one larger than 50"
 

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A nonresident can hunt deer, black bears, moose, elk, bison, and caribou, and wolves without a guide. Other critters you need a guide but can hunt with a relative within second degree kindred (pg 10 in Regs). Some Mgt units or areas you need to apply for limited tags others just require a harvest ticket or have unlimited registration tags. Know your unit and the regs! Good luck! Oh yeah, get in shape too.
 

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Drawings for 2014 are closed now but occasionally there may be leftover tags available. Fly in hunts do tend to have less pressure and more success and cost more $$. Talk to ADFG biologists and transporters about areas. Also you may want to join the Alaska Outdoors Forum to ask questions about areas, pilots etc.
 


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