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Contributors to this thread:
Dyjack 03-Jun-22
GFL 03-Jun-22
RK 03-Jun-22
Buskill 03-Jun-22
McCree 03-Jun-22
wifishkiller 04-Jun-22
Dyjack 04-Jun-22
RonP 04-Jun-22
azelkhntr 04-Jun-22
groundhunter50 04-Jun-22
cnelk 05-Jun-22
thedude 05-Jun-22
Rgiesey 05-Jun-22
MQQSE 05-Jun-22
azelkhntr 05-Jun-22
MQQSE 05-Jun-22
Buskill 05-Jun-22
azelkhntr 05-Jun-22
cnelk 05-Jun-22
labxtreme1. 05-Jun-22
Whocares 05-Jun-22
cnelk 05-Jun-22
TheGreatWapiti 05-Jun-22
Mule Power 06-Jun-22
DonVathome 06-Jun-22
Rickm 06-Jun-22
cnelk 06-Jun-22
Buskill 06-Jun-22
From: Dyjack
03-Jun-22
Been dreaming on some hunts while I'm on sick leave from work.

Anyone doing non resident DIY Moose in Alaska this year? What's the costs of everything looking like?

Float vs fly in? Recommended addon tags, or anything?

Thanks.

From: GFL
03-Jun-22
Most transporters are booked for years.

From: RK
03-Jun-22
Dyjack

Don't be deterred by negative posts. The world is what it is not what some think it is

You will get some good info on here. Good luck on that, hope your recovery goes well and eventually post pics of your Moose

From: Buskill
03-Jun-22
In 2012 I spent 10 grand on a DIY. That includes taxidermy and meat shipping/processing. My boat rental/transport fee was pretty darn high ( 4000$) cause he was pretty much the only option for Koyukuk NWR and he knew it.

From: McCree
03-Jun-22
I will be hunting out of Bethel 9/11-9/22 this year on a drop camp moose hunt. Hunt alone is putting me out nearly $10k. Airfare is looking like around $1K round trip from Indiana. Haven't priced taxidermy costs yet, gotta kill one first!

From: wifishkiller
04-Jun-22
door to door 10-13k is what I came up with before moving up here. The guys fill up quickly so it will more than likely be a few years out.

From: Dyjack
04-Jun-22
Right on just getting ideas, and gears turning. Starting to realize my dream hunts are attainable.

Thank you guys.

From: RonP
04-Jun-22
i've never done it but was interested at one time and looked into this before covid. at the time I figured $8-10K was doable. not so sure it is now and i would guess and expect $12K-$15K.

of course location and type of hunt play a major role in the price, as it always does.

From: azelkhntr
04-Jun-22
AK moose is a personal bucket list want. If you'd like to double up for next year I'm all ears. A canoe hunt up & down a navigable river isn't terribly expensive.

04-Jun-22
AZelkhntr, inflatable is used, because of gear storage. You be surprised how much the costs are, just do to logistics.....................

From: cnelk
05-Jun-22
Ive gone to Alaska moose hunting twice in the past 5 years. Last fall was the most recent.

Its been ~$5500 door to door for me. But what works for me probably wont work for you.

Each time you go to Alaska, you learn how to cut costs, and ways to to streamline you trip.

From: thedude
05-Jun-22
If you want to go to a primo area with a great outfitter/transporter the above costs are accurate. Those prices are not going to drop anytime soon with pilot shortages. If you plan ahead and look at NR draw tags you can do a decent hunt relatively inexpensive.

The logistics is the biggest cost which increases exponentially if you get out into the villages as a launch point.

From: Rgiesey
05-Jun-22
Never spent as much as most on here said. More like cnelk. Also don’t account for every pizza and beer. As I also eat at home.

From: MQQSE
05-Jun-22
I’m taking my son and his friend: 3 flights to Alaska: $2000 Flights to village $1200 Two RT Bush flights $10,000 Hotel stays and car rentals coming and going: $1500 Tags, food, shipping gear, excess baggage up and back, new equipment, etc. $$$. It all adds up.

You could do it cheaper and I have. This is for three people taking two Beaver trips in and out. We have a super comfortable camp and are very remote. We have excess capacity on way back to have extra meat and antlers on one of the flights.

From: azelkhntr
05-Jun-22
I believe 3 DIY guys, 1 truck, 2 canoes, one with a square stern for a 9 horse outboard would be able to do the trip for $6k total more or less. Biggest expense will be in fuel up and back. Logistically I've got all the gear necessary and a 15' canoe. The newest piece of kit I'd need is a pair of hip waders and an electric fence to set up around camp. Got my river drainage picked out too.

From: MQQSE
05-Jun-22
So, I guess in my example above, if we split three ways we could easily make it for $6000 each. Less if we go light and hunt closer.

From: Buskill
05-Jun-22
Where ever you decide to try it DIY I suggest calling the game biologist in the area and ask them what they think of your plan. I’ve had great success getting info from AK biologists. First DIY I planned seemed like a great idea to me but one conversation with the local biologist changed my mind easily.

From: azelkhntr
05-Jun-22
For a road trip of 7k miles fuel costs will be between $2500-$3000. Food is not going to be a big cost because we'd just take what we have and buy at home. Tag cost is a personal expense so also not a group factor. So, $1000 each for fuel and oil, add on $500 (personal) for incidental meals and drinks on the road and we're at $4500. Budget another $1500 for unexpecteds and yeah $6k total is very realistic for a DIY AK moose adventure. Definitely want to use a long bed p/u with an auxiliary tank fitted in. 3 experienced gentleman hunters already have the necessary kit so no $$$ costs there.

From: cnelk
05-Jun-22

cnelk's Link
I went and dug up our DIY Alaska moose hunt recap from last fall - see link

If you want to hunt moose in Alaska, dont let anything but fear hold you back.

From: labxtreme1.
05-Jun-22
Went up in 2016 for Caribou for about 6k all in. Headed back this fall and am anticipating to be well under 10k that is being referrenced.

However the first trip there were six in the groups so hotel, gas, and vehicle rental split amongst that big of a group helped. This time around I've been saving credit card points for this trip for several years. Commercial flights and truck rental are both covered by those.

x2 Cnelk's comment. If it's a hunt you want to do, make it happen!

From: Whocares
05-Jun-22
Just read cnelk's moose hunt thread from last Fall. That was great! Don't know how I missed it but was during September month of guiding so missed a bunch. great story Brad, enjoyed it on this Sunday evening. Little insight on how Brad can still pack moose quarters in those bogs, he grew up chasing girls through the Roseau bogs in northern Minnesota in his younger days.

From: cnelk
05-Jun-22
Those Roseau girls were the best ones to chase, Warroad girls were OK, Baudette didnt have nearly the selection lol

05-Jun-22
I chased Bemidji girls. Paul Bunyan never had a chance!

From: Mule Power
06-Jun-22
Just remember incidentals can add up. If you’re driving shipping isn’t a factor. Meat processing or cold storage if necessary can be. If you fly make sure meat hauls aren’t extra. Whatever you don’t cut corners on the hunt itself. Moose gets expensive when you have to go back a second time to do it right.

From: DonVathome
06-Jun-22
I completely agree with mulepower. Hire a good transporter and triple check them. If your transporter is under $5k I would be nervous.

From: Rickm
06-Jun-22
2012 numbers but we went 2 for 2 just under $5000. Would have been cheaper but we shipped the racks home and found we could have flown them as baggage. Not sure what the prices are these days? $10,000 for a DIY with transport seems very pricey.

06-Jun-22

Altitude Sickness 's embedded Photo
Altitude Sickness 's embedded Photo
For people going this year, check into the wildlife gallery depot. They have drop off depots in most of the key airports in AK. They prep and ship your hides and antlers to Michigan then to your taxidermist. I think they prep them all in AK then drive them all back at once. Saving costs. Very very reasonable

From: cnelk
06-Jun-22
My transporter charges $850/person & $850/moose. He’s probably forgot more about flying in Alaska than most will ever know.

And no, I won’t mention his name

From: Buskill
06-Jun-22
Where ever you decide to try it DIY I suggest calling the game biologist in the area and ask them what they think of your plan. I’ve had great success getting info from AK biologists. First DIY I planned seemed like a great idea to me but one conversation with the local biologist changed my mind easily.

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