PO Box 137
Healy, AK 99743
As a life long Alaskan I shot my first moose at age of 8, and by the age of 10, I was walking into the beautiful Moody Drainage with my dad for my first successful Dall sheep hunt. At age 14 I worked for Registered Guide Berle Mercer hauling mountain climbing gear into Denali National Park by horse back over McGonagall Pass, which is the last stop before climbing Mt. Mckinley, the tallest mountain in North America.
During the next two decades I was involved helping the family run our business, Sugarloaf Packing and Transporting Inc., by transporting hunters and game to and from the field ---working the Yanert drainage, the Healy drainage, and the Wood River drainages. We also guided trail rides by contract and photography camp trips for Princess Tours along the northern border of Denali National Park. All of these experiences prepared me for my current guiding career as a Registered Guide. In more recent years, I have served on the Middle Nenana River Advisory Committee for the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game as a volunteer, helping game management for this area.
Dall Sheep population has held a steady, healthy growth. Sighting of groups of 8-12 rams are common.
Grizzly bear population has increased so much that seasons have been extended by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.
Alaska Yukon bull moose population has also remained steady and healthy over the years.
Caribou is available through drawing permit. Please see the link to the drawing permit on my web site. Population depends on migratory patterns.
Wolf and wolverine are often sighted or heard around camp at night.
The hunter may expect brushy terrain, with heavily wooded areas opening to fields of tundra ascending up the slopes of the rocky mountain craigs of the Alaska Range. Average hunt elevation is 2000-3000 feet.
BOOKING INFO 2010
1/3 down, balance paid upon arrival in Alaska, hunt contracts and safety waivers must be signed before hunt begins . Success rate for sheep 65 % moose 90 %. bear where you find them. Call 907-683-2318 to book a hunt or get more information on hunts. Client/or Clients will be picked up in Fairbanks, AK. and returned to Fairbanks at completion of hunt . Client/or Clients must only bring rifle, a sleeping bag good for -0 temperatures, personal hygiene, medicine, rain gear, layered clothing, personal water bottle and a good pair of Gore-tex hiking boots. Sheep hunters must bring back pack. When booking flights, remember bad weather may delay return trip .
Location: Hunts are done in the north side of the Alaska range.Price tag for Moose, Dall Sheep and Bear is $9,500.
First night is spent at main camp which is reached by horseback and/or bush plane. The following day we may travel by horseback to spike camps, depending on which species is to be hunted.
* Meals vary from ample home-cooked style to some prepackaged meals. (If you have special dietary needs please let us know ahead of time and we'll do all we can to accommodate you.)
* Main camp, depending on area hunter, consists of comfortably heated wall tents or cabins. Spike camps are two-man pup tents.
Recommended Personal Gear List
* Hunting licenses and appropriate tags (usually available on site but please communicate with me prior to flying in to Alaska).
* Gun (size ranges from a 270 caliber for sheep to a .300 mag for moose and Grizzly. I recommend sighting your gun in to 200 yards)
* Hunting knife (steel)
* Comfortable binoculars for long hours of spotting and/or spotting scope.
* Water-tight duffle bag for clothing and sleeping bag.
* Good hiking boots (Goretex), preferably already broken in
* Light weight rain gear
* Comfortable pack sacks to carry personal items such as ammunition, snacks, water bottle, hunting license, tags.
* Water bottle and water filter
* Layered clothing is recommended (camo-advantage Timber).
* 1 extra change of dry clothing
* Extra socks (not cotton) and thin long underwear
* Warm hat.
* Gloves. Bring 1 extra pair sealed in a ziplock bag.
* Sleeping bag (rated to 20 below)
* Sleeping pad.
* Personal hygiene items (moleskin for blisters, tooth brush, paste, wash cloth, medicine, toilet paper for field, etc.)
* Emergency first aid kit (lightweight)
Remember, we try to pack as light as possible, yet stay comfortable.
Experienced hunters understand that several factors determine the success of a hunt. These factors include preparation, patience, weather, and availabilty of game. We guarantee that no mechanical devices wil be used to stalk game such as airplanes or all terrain vehicles.
50% of a successful hunt is personal conditioning. SAFETY IS ALWAYS FIRST.
You are encouraged to bring your own photo equipment. I will be taking pictures of all aspects of your hunting adventure but I'm not selling photographs.
Horses are all mountain and river trained.
I hope you enjoy checking out our photos of our hunts in past. Rick
MOOSE PHOTO SHOTS