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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 9866 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: September 15, 2014 to September 25, 2014
Place of Hunt: United States - Alaska
Hunt Area: Brooks Range Interior Alaska


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Erik Salitan; Bushwhack Alaska Guiding and Outfitting. PO Box 81174; Fairbanks; AK; 99708; Tel. (907)388-8766; Email: bushwhackalaska@gmail.com; Web www.bushwhackalaska.com
Personal Guide (if any): Erik Salitan
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Moose - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large
Bear, Grizzly - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Large
Game Sought But Not Taken: Wolf - Availability: Did not see any on this trip although a few other hunters shot them.
Game Condition Comments: Saw a lot of bears, both black and Griz. Be sure to have a tag with you if you are in the area. Ask if there are any caribou in your area ahead of time also before you buy a tag. I did not for my trip.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Good Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Private Owned By Bushwhack - Erik Salitan Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: The guide's bush planes were excellent and well piloted. We had a river bank landing with tundra tires. Very scenic mountain pass flights. Felt very safe with them. Took some great pictures to share.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: 14500 Fully Guided Moose Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: 5000 for Grizzly Bear Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Can't remember but @ $500 Moose and same for bear Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: American/Alaskan Airlines Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Warbelow Air Amount: $0
Other Costs: Shipping Expediter and hide preps back to lower 48 1K Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: I can not think of one problem I had with this hunt. They did more than I could ever expect from a guide, and certainly more than any other guided hunt that I have been on to make sure I was successful. I have not always had perfect experiences, but this was about as good as I could imagine.
Highlights of Hunt: I was successful in taking the big game I was after, however that was not the thing I was most impressed with or that made or broke my trip experience. This is my second trip to Alaska (first time unsuccessful on unguided trip). Erik got me in the field one day early which was not expected. Flew me out the min I arrived so I did not lose another day due to the no flying and hunting on the same day law. We were in a great location but had not seen any shootable bulls after 3 days. Out of the blue, he offered to move locations. I never asked but was surprised he would spend the extra flight time and fuel to relocate all of us and all our gear which was multiple trips over 2 hours round trip. The highlight of this hunt was the effort my guide and packers put forth in getting me on a bear and moose. Most people shoot them right on the river since they don't want to pack them far. I decided to go after a moose that was far from accessibility once spotted the day after our relocation. After a very long day of hiking and shooting the moose (and bonus bear) on the same day miles from camp, the guide brought in extra help to get the game out. It was a total team effort to bring it together. Everyone was very exhausted and excited that the day was a success, and I had great company to share the experience. Definitely felt like I was with close friends the entire time and will do more hunts with them in the following years. Did not get to spend much time at the main cabin to enjoy Martha's cooking, but everyone in this operation was super nice.
Equipment Recommendations: Have a great pack, layered clothing, and rain gear.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? It is the adventure of a lifetime. The Brooks Range and the Arctic Circle of Alaska are breathtaking. This guide lives here and knows the area like the the back of his hand. This is very important since there are not moose everywhere in AK. Super honest and hard working. There are no guarantees on killing, that is why they call it hunting. But they will work as hard as you can ever imagine to make it successful!


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Jacob Davenport
Contact Information: Tel. 309-642-7435 - 204 County Rd 1225 E | Deer Creek | IL | USA | 61733 E-mail: Jdavenport716@yahoo.com
Hunting Experience: Bow and Rifle hunting throughout western rockies, Canada, and Alaska. Mostly Elk, Bear, Deer, Caribou, and a few little critters. I have been on numerous self guided trips and 6 guided trips.
Physical Condition: Good condition


IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? Notified Personal Guide? Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
If you are looking for a good Brooks Range guide for moose, bear, sheep or caribou...you can't go wrong with them. I'd be happy to share more about my trip anytime. Planning to get back with them on a sheep hunt ASAP...so don't book my spot:)



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