According to outfitter Werner Aschbacher, eight of his clients this season took Boone & Crockett moose. That's a third of all the moose taken in his area this year. Four clients took moose that scored 210 or better (unofficially) for the Boone & Crockett Awards Book and another four broke 224 for Boone & Crockett's All Time records book.
Aschbacher purchased this 12,500-square-mile concession in 2004. The operation is known for its use of helicopters to access remote parts of the concession. Aschbacher says he allows every hunt area to rest at least a year before returning to it, and that it is this combination of accessing remote pockets and resting them that allows him to produce so many book quality moose.
Although Aschbacher uses a helicopter to penetrate the most remote areas within his concession, hunts are conducted on foot as traditional spot-and-stalk affairs, following a 12-hour waiting period after flying. Aschbacher stresses that the helicopter is used strictly to access the hunting area and says he is very conservative on the number of hunters he takes each year. Aschbacker's hunts aren't cheap. He charges $20,000 for a 10-day moose hunt.