There are two kinds of fly-in hunting: unguided and guided. In order to qualify for an unguided trip, you must be either a resident of Alaska or a nonresident accompanied by an Alaskan resident who is over the age of 19. Nonresidents can also be escorted by a licensed guide. However, nonresidents are allowed to hunt black bear, caribou, deer, and moose without a guide.
Unguided Fly-in Hunting
Many hunters use an Air Charter Service to fly them into areas that are bountiful with game. This gives you plenty of freedom to explore on your own, but you will have to do all the work. This includes providing all the materials needed for the hunt. Before booking a charter service, make sure you know exactly what services you are paying for to better avoid unwanted costs.
Guided Fly-in Hunting
This type of hunting trip is perfect for visitors of Alaska. There are many benefits of a guided tour, such as expertise of the guide and technique. When planning a guided trip, contact more than one guide and check references before choosing.
Hourly rates are based on the total number of hours the plane is in the air. If you catch a pretty sizeable game, then you may not be able to get it and your equipment inside the plane. This means that an extra trip will have to be taken. If several trips need to be made, it can become costly.
Flat rates are based on the rate charter services charge for flights in that proximity. You will have to pay extra if you want to fly outside the charter’s normal flight zones.
Whatever you end up choosing, you will need to be specific when discussing your fly-in hunting plans with any charter service. They can offer all sorts of suggestions to make your Alaska fly-in hunting trip as enjoyable as possible.
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