It may seem difficult to believe, but there has probably never been a better time than now to hunt moose in Alaska in recent history. Moose numbers in the southwestern portion of the state continue to thrive, and transported hunt opportunities abound. Keep in mind, no good thing in Alaska lasts forever. Winterkill and/or regulatory changes seem to pop up any time that things seem to get “real good.”
While there is no such thing as a “cheap” moose hunt anymore, keep in mind that the number one thing you are paying for is probably logistics. Knowing where to get dropped off, where to float or drive, where to camp, how to get fuel, and how to get your entire moose out of the field and back to civilization is worth thousands upon thousands of dollars. It may seem way out of whack when you compare the services you receive for the price you have to pay, but that is the story of Alaska.
Draw only permits for moose do not necessarily mean better hunting for trophy moose. They do, however, mean less non-resident pressure in the area during the hunting season. With some research and grit, hunters can generally find and execute a hunt that fits their expectations within a draw unit or an over-the-counter unit. From fully-guided hunts to self-guided drop-off hunts using rafts, boats, or ATVs, Alaska moose hunting has an endless amount of possibilities.
As a basic rule of thumb, expect $8,000-$16,000 per hunter for a self-guided hunt that includes a hunt license, moose locking-tag, charter plane flight, and raft rentals or expect $27,000-$40,000 for a fully-outfitted hunt complete with guides and additional packers. If you are looking at a self-guided hunt, make sure to have a partner to go with you as a hunter as many transporters will not accommodate a single hunter. Moose hunting in Alaska has never been more popular than it is now. Hunters should start planning their hunt now, even if it is three or four years out. Most quality transporters are booking three years in advance for drop-off hunts, and some hold their own lottery draws to select their future clients.
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|Annual Hunting License||$160|
|Application Fee (each choice)||$5|
|Application Fee (each choice, bison and muskox)||$10|
|LOCKING-TAG FEES (Purchase Before Hunt)|
|Dall Sheep Tag (Guide Required)||$850|
|Brown/Grizzly Bear Tag (Guide Required)||$1,000|
|Mountain Goat Tag (Guide Required)||$600|
|Black Bear Tag||$450|
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