Arnette says that Adams has been guiding in this area for more than 30 years and has been managing his hunt areas closely for trophy quality, not only as regards moose, but also brown/grizzly bears and other species. Arnette says he rotates areas on a multi-year basis to maintain game numbers and quality. The area where Arnette took his monster moose had not been hunted in four years. Adams can do that because his area is so large and remote, about 300 miles from Anchorage and far from other settlements.
Adams bases his hunts from a wall-tent camp, but flies clients out in his own bush plane into individual hunt areas. Arnette says both Adams and one of his guides are experienced bush pilots and own their planes. That makes it possible for Adams to move clients easily if they are not seeing the game they want. It also makes it possible to hunt multiple areas for different species. Arnette says he hunted brown bear first in another area before going for his moose. His bear, by the way, measured over nine feet and made the B & C minimum score.
Arnette says he and his guide set up a spike camp about 40 miles from Adams' main camp and hunted on their own for about 10 days. He describes this as a hard-core hunt. Hunters must be able to hike up to 10 miles a day wearing a pack through rough terrain ranging from mountains to tundra to muskeg to valleys full of alder thickets.........(continued)