Alaskan Yukon Moose, the largest of the moose family, with some of the record class trophies coming from this area. Over the past 13 years, we have placed in the top three 14 times in Alaska’s APHA/SCI awards program. Here at the TSIU Lodge we strive in taking 60 inches or better with our largest reaching 80 inches. If someone was to ask me what the chances are of achieving a trophy class moose, I would say, yes the genetics are there.
Moose season is from September 1 through September 20 in the area we hunt. This area has a moderate population of Moose with very good genetics. R&R Hunting takes no more than 6 hunters a year, with an 85% success rate over the last three years. Since 2007 the average greatest spread has been in excess of 60 inches with several in the high sixty and low seventy-inch range.
Single species Moose hunts are 10 hunting days with a travel day on each end. As with all of our hunts, relocating from one spike camp to another during your Moose hunt is just part of the service we provide. Once a Moose is taken, packers are brought in to get him out.
Moose hunts will cost $18,000 (USD) in 2011. Round trip flights from Anchorage to our base camp, or license and tags, are not included in this price.
Alaska Moose hunting is a lot more than most individuals bargain for. Apart from being one of the most impressive big game species on the earth, they are intelligent animals, weighing up to 1800 pounds, and standing around seven feet at the shoulder. Racks can go 77 inches, although 60 inches is considered very respectable. Simply seeing one of these magnificent animals up close is worth all the effort it can take to hunt them.
Most of this effort comes from the wet, nasty, marsh type country they inhabit. Regardless of whether the bulls are in the foothills, or the swamps, the country is likely to be choked with alder, willow, and every other imaginable obstacle, not to mention the water, and the ever present mud that lives to suck the hip boots right off your feet.
I prefer to hunt moose after the first of September (when the rut gets underway), and calling with a lot of scraping is one of our prime strategies, since this can often bring an individual into close range, and sometimes this is the only option if the country is very thick, and visibility limited. Calling is one of the best techniques for archery hunts also. If you are a rifle hunter we suggest 300 Win MAG or larger, such as .338 Win. Magnum and up, using high quality bullets, such as Winchester Fail Safe, or Swift A-Frames, or the Barnes X bullets. Although moose are not notoriously difficult to put down, it is expedient to put then down swiftly, and on the spot, if possible and not shoot them in the hump on the back.
Game Management Unit 6 and19 provides an opportunity to hunt moose in the remote Alaska wilderness, over 200 miles east and west of Anchorage. The country is timbered up to the 2,500 ft. level and the hunting is spot and stalk in most areas, with calling being used as the season progresses. Moose density is fair to good, with predation being heavier in the unit over the past decade, but trophy quality can be exceptional. The season runs Sept. 1th through the 30th.
Moose /Caribou drop camp list 5 – 7 days
- Framed backpack
- Folding saw with bone blade
- Rifle with 20 – 30 rounds of ammo
- First aid kit aspirin, antacid Band-Aids, moleskin, Etc
- Good sleeping bag and pad (recommend down to Zero or -10 degree bag)
- Hip boots – i.e. Cabela’s “Dry-Plus Breathable Waders” in waist-high stocking foot
- Clip-on suspenders for waist-high waders
- Flashlight & batteries
- Camera w/ extra batteries
- Water bottle (with filter if you desire)
- Insect Repellent (100% Deet)
- Stocking hat/gloves
- Top Quality Rain Gear – i.e. Helly Hansen Impertech
- Camp Shoes (insulated leather boots)
- 1 pair insulated hunting pants
- 1 pair non-insulated hunting pants – i.e. Cabela’s un-insulated Dry-Plus Pants
- 2 pair top and bottom insulated underwear, med-heavy weight (DO NOT BRING COTTON)
- Head net
- Hunting License and Tags
- 2 – 3 hunting shirts Heavy weight socks, 1 pair for each day (wool)
- Heavy coat (with Gore-Tex)
- Cotton Game Bags
- Personal Toiletry Items
- Handheld GPS unit – helpful for finding your way in the wilderness
- IRIDIUM Satellite Phone is recommended for Unguided Hunters (1 phone per group). Iridium is about the only satellite phone that works good above all over the state.
- Batteries: Anything that you bring that requires batteries will require spares! Keep your batteries in something warm (like a wool sock) while you’re in the field – cold will drain the battery.
- SOFT gun case. When you arrive in Anchorage you’ll be asked to take your rifles out of their hard cases for transportation into the field. If you’d like to keep them in a case, you’ll need to bring a soft case with you!
***** REMINDER: EACH HUNTER IS LIMITED TO 125 POUNDS OF GEAR EACH *****
(Doesn’t include the weight of your rifle)
FOOD AND GEAR RENTAL $750 .00 ON TOP OF PRICE
- 1 6 Man Guide Model Tent
- 5 #’s of Potatoes
- Candy/Granola Bars
- 1 Stove/4 One Pound Propane Bottles
- 2 Loaves Bread
- Instant Oatmeal
- 2 Cots
- 5 Onions
- Hot Cocoa
- 2 Chairs
- Jar of Jelly & Coffee
- 2 Rolls of Toilet Paper
- Jar of Peanut Butter
- Tea Bags
- 1 Tarp Container
- Cooking Oi
- l Ramen soup
- 1 Box Matches/Lighter
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 Cook Set
- Coffee Mate/Sugar
- 4 Garbage Bags
- 1 Lantern w/ Mantels
- 2 Sets of Silverware, Plates, Bowls & Cups
Mountain House Provided for:
Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners & Desserts
- 1 or 2 Collapsible Water Containers
- 1 Roll Paper Towels
- 1 Dish Soap
- 10 Quart Size Ziploc Bags
- 20’ Twine
- 1 Coffee Pot
- 4 Game Bags for Meat
- 1 Basic First Aid Kit
- Breakfasts include a variety of Oatmeal &
- Scrambled Eggs (with & without Peppers).
- Lunch/Dinners include a mixed variety of Chicken, Beef & Pork Entrees – and are DOUBLE servings
- Desserts include a variety of Blueberry, Chocolate, Strawberry crumbles.
We ask that you please treat the gear as if it was your own, as others will need to rely on it as well. You will be required to pay for damaged/lost equipment.
Do not cook inside your tent. This can deplete oxygen and can damage the tent leaving you without shelter. Use of your camp stove to heat your tent can cause you to run out of propane. Bringing the proper gear will have you outfitted to be comfortable without wasting fuel in this manner.