No luck drawing a lower 48 tag? An Alaskan float trip might be your next best affordable moose hunting option for the bowhunter that’s on a budget. Here’s everything you need to know aboutÂ about taking on this life-changing adventure.
The appeal of bowhunting moose is obvious. Because, you know, theyâ€™re the biggest big game with the biggest big antlers around (by sheer weight at least). The most problematic detail in this fantasy is drawing a Lower 48 moose tag â€“ a Shiras moose by definition out West (the extreme Northeast harboring limited â€śCanadaâ€ť moose) â€“ is akin to drawing bighorn sheep. And though traveling to Alaska to bowhunt moose on your own is legally and logistically feasible, it might be important to stress unguided/non-resident success rates for moose (all weapons) sits around 10 percent, fully-guided hunts ($10 to $12 Grand) perhaps 50/50 propositions. I made five Alaska hunts before finally arrowing my first bull (there were brushes with success on some of those).
This isnâ€™t meant to discourage. I enthusiastically recommend it in fact. Itâ€™s like this: You probably wonâ€™t get a moose (but you might) -- but youâ€™ll enjoy every minute of your defeat (if you have an average tolerance for horizontal rain and/or biting insects). The landscapeâ€™s unsurpassed. The fishing world class. Actually killing something a lifetime achievement. And itâ€™s the biggest adventure left on Earth.