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Big Game Patrick Meitin: Out West

Plan An Alaska Float Trip For Moose Hunting

by Patrick Meitin   |  April 4th, 2012 1

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 about  about taking on this life-changing adventure.


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Still burning to bowhunt Alaska moose on a budget? Book a self-guide float trip. This involves hiring a floatplane to drop you off at the head of a large river, retrieving you a couple hundred miles downstream (normally at a predetermined point) and a couple weeks later. This gives you room to maneuver and eliminates the possibility of a limited patch of ground being picked clean. You make camp, have a look around, move on if no game is in evidence -- stick around if it is. It’s wonderfully carefree and often productive. And if the hunting sucks, you can always catch grayling, dolly vardens, rainbow trout or salmon; in some areas find a caribou or black bear to shoot at.

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