The Alaskan Yukon Moose is one of the greatest trophies to be had.
They are not the big dumb animals people have been led to believe. They are extremely cunning and elusive, so when a 60″ bull moose is bagged it is truly something to be proud of.
We look for heavy palms and good eye-guards. Most of our moose are heavy antlered, averaging from 57-62″. Be prepared to do some sitting. Glassing is done from high ridges or tree stands.
The terrain is tundra, tussock humps, and not easy walking. Comfortable, warm, form-fitting waterproof boots are required. There may already be snow cover by this time, but it will be wet, regardless. There are many good waterproof clothing lines available now, so bring what has worked for you. Dressing in layers has always worked well, to adjust to the level of activity and/or temperature of the moment. Don’t forget a warm hat and gloves! A large caliber rifle is recommended, such as a 300, 338 or 375, with some penetrating power to get through that thick moose hide at a vital spot.
Some of the moose camps have warm, dry cabins to retire to at the end of a hard day’s hunting. Count on rising early and staying out late for a successful hunt. All of our guides are experienced in the care of trophies. Trophies and meat will be flown back to Nabesna. It will then be the decision of the client as to whether to take the trophy home with him or leave it with us to transport to D & C Expediters in Anchorage for shipping, which will be at the client’s expense. If you wish to take the meat home, you must bring large cooler/s to pack the meat in to transport back to Anchorage for processing or shipping. We will gladly accept any meat that is not taken.
Location of hunting area:
We hunt moose on the north side of the Nutzotin Mountain Range
It is about 30 miles from the Canadian border.
There are several rustic cabins and we use tent camps as well.
The camps consist of spacious tents complete with heaters, cots, and cook stove. All food is provided.
Topography of hunting areas:
Uneven ground (tundra tussocks), brush
There will be stream crossings, rocks can be slippery
Brush covered hills/knobs to glass from
Hunts are 10 days
One on one, unless you specify otherwise
Fly out to hunting camps
Spot and stalk
Patience is required when glassing from hillside, waiting for the bulls to move.
Sometimes when conditions are right, calling is used to bring the moose in.
When are moose hunts available?
Moose season in our area begins September 15 until the end of the month
General recommendation for level of physical fitness required:
You must be able to traverse uneven ground of tundra tussocks, and be able to climb hills to gain altitude in order to spot the moose.
There may be stream crossings, the rivers are cold and fast.
You need to be able to sit for long periods of time
You will not need to climb as much as a sheep hunt, but you may be required to cover some distance quickly.
The better shape you are in, the better the chances are that you will get your game.
Transportation to and from the hunting area:
Transportation to and from the field is supplied by small Piper aircraft, Supercubs.
It is your responsibility to get to the main camp of Nabesna.
You will need to rent a car and drive to Nabesna from either Fairbanks or Anchorage,
about a 300 mile drive from either city.
Type of gun you should bring:
A large rifle is recommended, a 300 and up
However we highly recommend you bring a gun that you are comfortable shooting.
Moose are usually in thick brush, if a shot is not placed properly the moose could get away and be lost. Be prepared to follow up with a second shot immediately so that this can be prevented.
How many bullets should I bring?:
You should bring at least two boxes.
We have a shooting range on our property to test fire your rifle when you arrive. Due to the nature of airline luggage handling these days, it is likely they are less than kind to objects resembling gun cases.
Typical distance for shot:
There is of course nothing typical in hunting, but the average shot for a moose is around 75-300 yards.