Alaska Bush Adventures
We are a small family owned business that operates in a very remote and secluded area of Western Alaska. We have two main base camps each located in upper mountain river drainages which are accessible only by a Dehavillan Beaver bush plane with extended range fuel tanks on floats. Our closest camp is a 2.5 hour flight and the other is a 3 hour flight out from Anchorage.
We are one of the few Alaskan guide outfitters that offer as much specialized equipment for the Clients hunting transportation in the Alaskan terrain. Most Guide operations only use Super Cubs and hunt out of spike camps by foot. We offer Super Cub fly outs to spike camps as well, but also utilize 8-wheel drive Argos and 14' Jon Boats with 40 h.p. Motors powered by Jet drive for hunting. The Bear density in our area is high therefore provides us with liberal season limits of two Brown/Grizzly Bear and up to five Black Bear a year.
From 1990 to 2004 Alaska's Predator Control Program was put on hold statewide. This resulted in a proliferation of Wolves by some calculations, of up to 4 times the average number which provides a healthy and stable eco system for wildlife. During this time the prey quarry of Wolves, such as the Moose, Caribou, Beavers, River Otters, Squirrels, Ptarmigan, Grouse and many more species took a huge hit and over all their numbers dropped dramatically throughout much of the State. Fortunately for both big and small game along with the hunter, the Intensive Predator Control Program allowing once again a way to control the poplulation of Wolves by private pilots through permits was once again sanctioned and launched by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game starting in 2004. The plan was to increase Moose and Caribou populations and therefore improve the harvest throughout the state. At that time, the Alaska Board of Game approved three to start with and two of those were within the Central Kuskokwim River area of Game Management Unit 19. Fortunately for us, our Guided and Unguided hunts also take place in GMU 19. Since then a handful more of these Predator Programs have been established throughout Alaska. Due to the restoration of the Predator Management Program in our hunting areas, Moose survival is now much superior to numerous other regions within the State where the Predator Management Program has not been reestablished. We have witnessed and observed a remarkable and well-adjusted growth of Wildlife overall, as well as a healthy increase in numbers of Moose. When and where this program has been implemented, it continues to deliver additional stable and balanced Ungulate population growth. Fortunately, we are again able to appreciate the sound benefits of these sensible and effective types of Game Management agendas which afford a respectable stability for all wildlife species and deliver some great Moose hunting to boot.
Alaska Bush Adventures specializes in Brown Bear Hunting, Black Bear Hunting, Wolf and Wolverine.
Guided & Unguided Fully Outfitted Caribou Hunting & Moose Hunting.
About this trip
Unguided Fully Outfitted Hunting Trips
Flyout Spike Drop Camp: Caribou, Black Bear, Wolf, Wolverine & Fishing per person
Caribou, Black Bear, Wolf, Wolverine & Fishing per person. Minimum two people: $5,200 each // 10 days or less
Alaska Bush Adventures
Unguided Fully Outfitted Float Trips for Moose, Black Bear and Wolves
We supply you with the equipment and provisions, except your personal gear/equipment, that is needed to complete these trips.
We offer 2 different types and lengths of River float trips, mainly for hunting Moose. You have a choice to travel on the river around 40 river miles or do a longer trip for roughly 100 river miles, which is actually about 70 Statute miles in total distance. The longer trip takes approximately 32 plus or minus hours of actual floating time, determined by the varying water levels. These rivers are rated as Class I, and rafting experience is recommended for Unguided Hunters. During the planning stages preceding your trip, we devote the necessary time to discuss hunting techniques, strategy and study maps with you to reveal various beneficial areas to camp and focus your efforts. We will endeavor to arm you with valuable insight on where and how to harvest Moose and other big game while hunting different areas as you travel down the river. You will be provided with safety suggestions and printed instructional guidance on your rafting gear and equipment. We also furnish hunting DVD’s in order to share some firsthand knowledge we’ve learned after years of practice hunting for Bull Moose. Including a DVD on how to judge a legal Bull Moose and take care of your meat while in the field. During Moose season the fishing is great for Silver Salmon, alongside resident game fish such as Arctic Grayling, Arctic Char (Dolly Varden) and Northern Pike.
These hunting trips are what we call Fully Outfitted Unguided Hunts. We supply you with the equipment and provisions that is needed, except your personal gear/equipment, to complete these trips. Another way to describe it, is that you are asked to bring the same gear/equipment as our guided clients do. We supply all clients with a SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST of the gear we believe is adequate to complete your hunt. Besides the hunting, rafting and camping equipment we also provide the food and hot/cold beverage drinks.
Our shorter float trip requires less exertion and endeavor overall yet still productive. You will enter the field via Float Plane at one of our Base Camps. From this point we take you and your personal gear, the hunting, rafting and camping equipment (which we supply) up river by Jet Boat on to a branch of one of the many different mountain river tributaries. Experience has shown that one only needs to set up and break down your camp once or twice on this type of trip. You should spend an average of four to six days at each campsite. It will take around 8 hours of floating time to get you to the take out spot.
There is big misconception that float hunting is done primarily by floating the river looking and waiting to harvest Moose as they are spotted along the way. Whereas this is a possibility one should not rely on it happening that way and it is not the best use of your hunting time. It’s important to take your time, making and breaking your camp only a few times along the way. Hunting the area around your camp site is usually the most productive strategy to use. Remember the actual time it takes to cover the distance you are traveling on the river itself is minor compared to the overall trips duration. Once you are floating down the river corridor, you should constantly be aware of what is along or near the river. Always keep your eyes open for any Moose rakes along the river. The floating travel time of your trip needs to be treated just as important as when you are hunting from one of your campsites.