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Renfros or papa bear for moose in Alask?
I’ve narrowed down my search to these two outfitters. They both look great but just looking for something to make the difference one way or another
I can't speak for Renfros but have heard good things. I personally have several friends who have hunted with PB, some repeat customers. They have all had good luck and reviews. I will be hunting with PB next Sept, can't wait! Good luck with your decision!
I believe if you're down to looking at minor differences you know they're both very well regarded. I have an Alaska (resident) friend who goes with Renfro every year 100% and holds them in the highest regard. Many Bowsiters can attest to Joe Schuster. There are others out there who can get you into great moose at half the cost however.
I’m never opposed to saving money! Do you have any references Kevin?
Both have good reputations and both price accordingly IMHO. The cost relative to guided Ak moose hunts is a bargain but you can do it for much less with a ton of research, time and some luck. Trust me, Even if Kevin gave you his transporter you wouldn't get in for 5-10 years. I used the same outfit, not knowing it and I can't get back for a long time!!
Good luck and enjoy your hunt. Moose are made for bowhunting!!!
Rick speaks the truth. I can't (or don't) give a reference on someone I haven't used. But a general search of the internet will provide a number of names with excellent reputations and references. Almost all of them (including Renfro and PB) will have a multi-year wait, and some (like mine) basically never accept anyone except repeat clients.
The best have a waiting list for a reason.
But also check the transporters unit he hunts for population dynamics. Is it on a downturn. Has the population taken a dive. Is it on the way up or over capacity.
My main question would be can locals or anyone reach the area easily or with a boat of any kind.
Pb over renfro for sure.. Renfro has basically or has been historically an escalator of hunters with lots of delays. Gear has been known to be shoddy so recommend bringing your own tipi if possible..
Unit 18 biologist quote.
ADF&G moose abundance estimates for the Game Unit 18 Remainder. CREDIT ADF&G Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Patrick Jones would like to see more moose harvested from the area. At its current rate, the moose population is on track to outgrow its winter food source.
“Moose population continue to grow despite the fact that it has the most liberal season and bag limits for moose in Alaska,” Jones said.
Unit 18 is over capacity and has been for some time. so it’s great hunting for now. If they get disease or a hard winter that could change.
I just wanna hunt with Kevin. That’s my bucket list dream hunt.