I keep hearing arranging flights can be tough due to waiting lists, but is it the same in a draw area where one doesn’t know if they will draw or not?
Much much more importantly if YOU are picking the destination you can find anyone and pay tack time - an hourly price. This is a LOT cheaper then hiring a popular hunting transporter with a great reputation. Depending on where you are going and how many transporters are in that area will dictate how easy it can be to find a transporter. Call now, before the draw to check. Keep in mind if you draw you do NOT have to pay for and take the permit. So if you cannot find a transporter you can simply not go, it happens all the time.
If you draw and can’t go or can’t find a transporter you’re only out the $180.
I called my pilot last month and talked to him about this past fall and his moose flights. He said he told lots of people ‘No’. Also said moose numbers / success were down from last winter’s kill.
He told me to call back after he’s done flying moose counts for the AFG - early December - and before the application deadline. He said he’d take me in if I draw
If you want to hunt a certain lake, how do you know if someone will not beat you to it? Thankfully most of these pilots will not drop you in on top of other hunters.
I’ve had it happen many times where we attempted to fly into one spot but there was already camps there so we had to get dropped in an alternate location.
Plus you’re attempting to just pay a pilot for the flying time. Most of them have figured it out that they can get more money by calling it a package deal. Personally, I don’t blame them. They have a lot of money tied up in plane maintenance and insurance.
The place I'm looking at has/had a tent /hunters on the lake before and I know moose have been killed there so knowing moose, and how much they roam, id suspect that if it’s good moose country, a lake in the vicinity would work.
Some even look better with a large ridge behind them which interests me