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Good evening. We are putting together a 10 day, unguided, Yukon archery moose hunt with Renfro's adventures in Bethel, Alaska. Love hearing from anyone who has done this hunt, or this type of hunt. For us this is a once in a lifetime hunt so wanting to do it right. Have a few questions, more like 50. What's the best method for preparing & shipping meat & antlers home? Other than the cost of the hunt itself including tags, shipping meat & antlers, flights, motel and tipping the pilot, what other expenses should we be prepared for? What kind of weather should we expect? We are planning to use their camp gear, is this a good idea? What surprised you the most about this hunt? Love to hear anything else that might help us get it right. Thanks, Joe.
Last time I hunted out of Bethel with Renfros. We used the Wildlife Gallery depot. They collect at key hunting airports. Prep the skulls, antlers and hides/capes for transport. I think it was $250 all prepped and shipped to Michigan. They wait till the end of the season then the whole season’s trophies are driven back to the shop in Michigan. This makes it feasible driving them all at once. Then you can have them do the work or ship to your address
That was for moose skull and antlers no cape. We did European mounts. They cleaned the skulls so well all I did was use Kilz primer and it was done
Big help, thanks. I live in New Jersey. Did you just call them to set this up?
Yes, or fill your tags out on line then they ship you the Tyvek tags that go on your items. They will come right to Renfros and pick them up. It’s included in the price I’m not sure what they charge now. But I was shocked how reasonable it was. But of course everything has gone crazy high lately
I just brought 67" bull home from Fairbanks through Alaska Air for 25$. Each 100# cooler is 100$. I donated a lot of meat and just brought 200# home. I believe the lady told me was 100$ flat rate for moose rack but she was from a family of hunters and helped me and my brother out. Racks all the way to Kauai for 40$ total! Can also find someone, who is a known shipper with Alaska Air cargo, probably Renfro or someone he knows and go that route.
I’ve shipped meat back via Alaska Air Cargo and it’s a breeze. Should’ve done antlers, but learned an expensive lesson going another route. I plan to use AA Cargo the next time through unless I can swing a deal like 808 did.
That's great info guys, thsnk you very much. 808, congrats on a giant bull.
I shipped all my meat and antlers out of bethel via alaska air cargo. I believe last year changed a bit with taking antlers on your plane, I was told they would only allow 1 set on the whole plane.
Could be based on plane. I saw another guy checking his moose and caribou on to our same flight so I asked. She said we can so we races back into town and grabbed our 2 moose racks and checked them. So 3 total were on our plane. The baggage handlers must cringe when they see them. Especially on our transfer in Seattle!
Alaska Air Cargo is certainly the best way to ship frozen meat for the best price. I just had nearly 400 lbs of processed moose meat (Delta Meat and Sausage) shipped to Boise, ID from Fairbanks for minimal cost. I have also shipped bear hides, mounts and all kinds of stuff to the lower 48 when I lived in Fairbanks using Alaska Air Cargo.
That’s great to hear about Alaska air cargo.
For my future reference. Will they ship the whole skull. for a European mount. Or does it need to be a cut skull plate ?
808 did you remove all the tissue or just cut the skull. For My last trip we both decided not to deal with The capes but since we both had moose mounts already
we wanted to do Europeans. The problem then becomes the brain and shipping it back into our state
so our solution was wildlife Gallery since they would clean the skull for a European. All I had to do when it got home was paint the skull it was so well done. Wish I would have known about Alaska cargo air.
Altitude, I saw a guy ship a full caribou skull out of Fairbanks in 2021. It wasn’t a booner, but it was a full skull headed back to New York. He had it wrapped up nicely along with his meat. I need to re-apply for a known shipping number before I head back up with Renfro in a couple years.