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|Why is it so expensive to hunt in Alaska?
|When one starts to pay ten to twenty thousand for a
hunt it is definitely expensive. However, in Alaska most
of the good game areas can only be accessed by airplane
or boat. When you consider the costs of owning an airplane
or boat or leasing these services it is enormous. Then
the hunt must be outfitted properly by providing quality
camp equipment, experienced guides, fresh meats, fruits
and produce, as well as to provide regular camp checks
for safety via a satellite phone or radio. It is the goal
of the professionals working with Alaska Trophy Hunting
to provide a quality hunting experience that the clients
deserve and should expect and to do it at a fair price.
kind of physical condition should I be in to come on one
of your hunting safaris?
|It is not necessary to be in top athletic condition,
especially if you are hunting on one of the ocean going
hunting vessels.. However, if you book a special hunt
for Dall Sheep or want to do a spike hunt for Mountain
Goat you need to do some exercising and be in very good
physical condition. You should start by walking or running
2 or 3 times a week and doing some normal exercising,
such as deep knee bends, and stair climbing. Then lengthen
your walks or runs, increase your exercises, and start
carrying a little weight in a back pack. Even better start
taking some hikes in the mountains if you can. The guides
are professionals and will go at your pace and assist
you in every way they can to help you in the field. However,
your hunt will be much more enjoyable if you come in good
physical condition so that you can make a quick stalk,
if necessary, on your game once it is sighted. Nothing
is more frustrating than to lose an opportunity for an
outstanding trophy because you were not in good enough
condition to get into position in time to take the animal.
the equipment list you have included ankle fitting hip
boots. What are they and do I really need them? Where
can I buy them?
|Ankle fitting hip boots are designed to fit snugly and
comfortably so that you can walk for distances without
getting blisters on your heels. The guides generally wear
them on all of their hunts, including those in the goat
and sheep mountains. The problem is that Alaska is covered
with bogs, marshes, and streams. Even in the goat and
sheep mountains, you will encounter swamps and numerous
streams that have to be crossed. They are especially good
when you are hunting the beaches for Brown Bear or Black
Bear and are getting in and out of the Zodiac. You can
find them in Cabela's Catalogue or buy them in most of
the sporting goods stores in Anchorage.
caliber rifle do you recommend?
|In general, the ideal rifle for Alaska is the .300 magnum.
With lighter bullet weights it is good for goat &
sheep at long ranges and by using heavier bullet weights
it can handle the big bears. If you are only hunting grizzly
or brown bear the .375 magnum is recommended. In Alaska
you will encounter a lot of moisture so a fiberglass stock
is ideal. Plan to bring a minimum of two boxes of ammunition.
Three boxes are even better. You never know when the scope
will be knocked out of alignment and you will need to
re-sight your rifle. If you are shooting a .300 magnum
think about sighting it in to be dead on at 300 yards.
When you shoot at any animal out to 400 yards you should
be in the kill zone by aiming exactly where you want to
I apt to get motion sickness on the boat?
|We are hunting from an ocean going boat that is stable
and cuts through the swells to give a fairly smooth ride.
However, if you are prone to motion sickness while traveling
in cars or airplanes, you should consider bringing some
motion sickness tablets or one of the wrist bands that
are marketed to alleviate the symptoms. During much of
the hunt we will be anchored in protected waters while
we glass the shoreline and mountain sides for animals.
When an animals is spotted, that deserves a closer look,
a smaller Zodiac or skiff will be used to take you to
I need to bring a pack?
|Generally, you will only need to bring a comfortable
pack that will hold your personal effects. It should have
a large enough bag to handle your spotting scope and camera,
lunch and water bottle, and any personal items that you
need. Remember, it is best to dress in layers and your
pack will hold the clothes that you are not wearing. If
you are on a drop hunt for Dall Sheep or a spike camp
hunt for Mountain Goat a good back pack is required. It
should have a sturdy bag that is large enough to carry
type of sleeping bag should I bring?
|You should bring a sleeping bag, and a pad to go under
it, in which you can sleep warm and comfortably. Temperatures
will rarely be less than 20 degrees F or minus 5 degrees
C. However, sleeping bags are generally rated for survival
and not for comfort so you will normally need a bag rated
for colder weather than you expect to encounter. Dry clothing
and a good nights sleep are essential for an enjoyable
type of rain gear do you recommend?
|For special hunts for Dall Sheep, Caribou, etc. you can normally
get by with a good quality gore-tex rain suit. However,
for all of the luxury cruise hunts you should have the
best quality rain suit that is 100% water proof. Since
your hip boots are water proof a three quarter length
coat will provide good protection and will be easy to
put on and take off, as opposed to rain pants.
should I buy my hunting license and big game tags?
|For your convenience hunting licenses and big game tags will
be available for you on the boat or in the hunting camp
on the special hunts. As a result, tags are available
if you should decide to add an animal to your hunt at
a later time. Big game tags must be in your possession
before you can hunt for that particular specie. However,
any tag of equal or greater value can be used. For example,
a Brown Bear tag can be used on any animal since it is
the most expensive big game tag. Once purchased big game
tags are non-refundable.
you guarantee that I will be successful in taking the
animal I am hunting?
|Your guarantee is that you will be placed in a traditionally
good hunting area with a professional guide who will be
dedicated to help you be successful. It would serve no
purpose to have you camped in an area that is void of
game, and that will not be done. In short, if there are
no game animals in the area you will not be there either.
In addition to being unethical, in the State of Alaska
it is illegal to guarantee that the client will be successful
in taking his trophy. Success or lack of success can be
determined by many factors such as weather, physical condition,
patience, determination and being in the right place at
the right time. Although success is high, and it does
not happen often, it is possible to return home without
are your hunting camps like?
|The Ocean going vessels are comfortable with seperate
bunks and bathrooms and a shower. There is a nice area
to cook and enjoy our meals. Also covered areas on the
deck to get out of the weather when it rains. It is a
pleasure to be on a quality hunt with great meals and
warm showers at the end of the day.
Tent camps are used for
the special hunts for hunting Dall Sheep, Grizzly, Caribou,
and Moose. Excellent quality tents are used that are the
best that are available on the market today and are designed
to keep the hunters dry in the worst weather conditions.
These camps are small and portable so that they can be
moved easily. A woman will be given a separate tent while
the men will generally share the tent with their guide.
If you come prepared with good quality clothing this will
be a great hunting adventure.
kind of weather can I expect during my hunt?
|Depending upon the time of your hunt, you can experience
a variety of weather from bright hot sunny days to rain
and wind and even some scattered snow showers falling
at the higher elevations. During a 10 day hunt one generally
can expect some rain and fog and a few days that are cloudy
with the sun shining through. The ideal weather is an
overcast sky with a few scattered fog banks and an occasional
rain shower. The animals prefer cooler weather and move
about better with these conditions. The temperatures will
range between 20 degree F lows and 60 degree F highs.
the late Fall Brown Bear, Sitka Black Tail Deer, and Mountain
Goat hunts on Kodiak Island, the Seward Peninsula, and
the Alaska Peninsula expect the worst kind of weather.
Be prepared for blowing wind and rain and even some hail
and snow showers. The wind can blow from 15 to 45 miles
an hour but don't be surprised if you experience winds
that are much stronger. Be prepared and dress appropriately.
The big Brown Bear thrives in these terrible conditions
and are often seen feeding and roaming about in the worst
of stormy conditions.
I bring a spotting scope and binoculars?
|One of the most important pieces of equipment that you can
take on a hunting trip is a good pair of quality binoculars.
The guides prefer Zeiss or Leica. If your binoculars are
10 power that is generally sufficient and a spotting scope
is not a necessity. Each of the guides will have a spotting
scope. If you prefer to have your own by all means bring
safety procedures do you provide on the boat and in the
|All of our professional licensed guides have received
instructions in first aide and are certified to provide
CPR and advanced first aide care. A first aide kit is
available in every camp. Every camp also has a satellite
phone to use in case of emergencies or a hand held radio
that is used to communicate with the base camp, boat,
or the airplane that checks on each camp every several
days. There are medical facilities within a two hour flight
in case of serious accidents.
The hunting vessel is equipped with the most current state
of the art safety and navigation equipment, including
self inflating life rafts, communication system, fixed
firefighting equipment, locator beacon, and life jackets
for all people on board. The boat is inspected by the
U.S. Coast Guard each year and has a captain on board
that is also licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard.
I need any permits to carry my rifle into the United States?
|If you are not a citizen or legal resident of the United States
you will be required to have a permit to import firearms
or ammunition into the United States. ATF Form 6 is available
on this website or at www.atf.treas.gov.com along with
instructions and information for completing the form.
You are also required to have a current Alaska Hunting
License when you apply for this permit. For assistance
in filling out this form or obtaining a current Alaska
State Hunting License please contact us at our e-mail
you book my hotel room for me?
|Some of the hotels in Anchorage, Homer, and Kodiak provide
a small discount to clients as an incentive for the guides
and outfitters to book the clients with them. It is not
a problem for us to book your room with this discount.
You will only need to provide your schedule of arrival
and a credit card number so the room can be guaranteed
with the hotel. If you prefer to book your own room we
can recommend the names and locations of several hotels
that we have found to provide good service and that cater
is the procedure when I arrive in Anchorage, Homer, or
|When you arrive in Anchorage you should already have
your hotel room booked and have all of the information
necessary to take a courtesy car to your hotel. We are
happy to meet clients who are not as familiar with the
language and need additional assistance in getting to
the hotel. The next day a staff member will contact you
and assist you in getting to your continued commercial
flight to Homer or Kodiak or if you have booked a special
hunt for Dall Sheep or Grizzly, etc. you will be assisted
in getting to the airtaxi for a charter flight to the
hunting camp. If you are scheduled to fly on the same
day to Homer or Kodiak you will stay in the airport and
take your scheduled connecting flight.
When you arrive at Seward, Homer or Kodiak you will generally
spend the night at a local hotel. The next day you will
be picked up and brought to the boat or taken to an airtaxi
for your charter flight to the boat or the hunting camp.
When you arrive your guide will show you around, answer
questions, and help you get situated and prepared for
the hunt. You will want to sight your gun in and organize
for your first day of hunting. At this point all of the
necessary paperwork will be completed and your hunting
licenses and tags issued.
happens if I cancel my hunt?
|When you send a deposit you are giving a guarantee that you
will come to hunt with Alaska Trophy Hunting. When I accept
your deposit I am giving a guarantee that I will hold
a space for you. As a result, if you must cancel your
hunt your deposit will be forfeited. In some cases an
exception will be made if you find an acceptable hunter
to replace yourself. In this case, your deposit will be
refunded immediately upon receipt of a deposit from the
is a normal tip to give to my guide?
|Tipping is a very personal subject and it is difficult to
give a good clear answer. However, the guide's tip is
generally dependant upon the quality of service he renders
and upon any special efforts he made to help with the
success of your hunt. Success is not necessarily dependent
upon the number of animals taken but more on how enjoyable
your hunt was and what efforts your guide made to provide
a good quality hunting experience. Tips generally range
between $200 and $600 with an occasional tip being over
$1000. Again, tipping is very personal and it is left
completely up to your discretion.
takes care of my trophies and how do I get them to my
|The guide is trained to field care for your trophy.
This includes skinning, turning the lips and ears, and
salting the hide to seal the hair. In this condition they
are green and are generally wet as the salt draws the
moisture from the hide. If you provide a water proof bag
your trophy can be taken back with you on the airplane.
However, if they are lost or delayed for any period of
time they will spoil in this condition. Clients have experienced
this before. It's a shame to lose a large Brown Bear after
all the expense and effort of taking it. Also, if a bear
or wolf is going international it will need to have a
CITES permit which will take several days to rush through.
Another alternative is to send the trophy to an expeditor
who will completely flesh and dry the hide, take care
of all the necessary Veterinary Documents and CITES Permits,
and send the trophy to your taxidermist. This is a more
expensive alternative but the best one to insure that
your trophy arrives in good condition at its final destination.
do I book a hunt with Alaska Trophy Hunting?
|Once you decide you would like to hunt with Alaska Trophy
Hunting send an e-mail or give us a call so that any additional
questions you have can be answered. The different hunt
dates can be discussed and the hunt selected which best
meets your needs for the animal selected within the time
periods that you have available to hunt. A 50% deposit
is needed to confirm your hunt. You can mail a check to
us in Alaska. Or direct deposit or wire your deposit to
one of our accounts. Once the deposit has been received
a letter and contract will be sent to confirm your booking
with our organization. Bank account information will be
sent to you when you request it.
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