Booked for 2021! Alaska Goat

ryjack70ss

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Hi All, Me and a good buddy just booked a Mountain Goat hunt in Alaska near Cordova. We couldn't be more excited and this is my first trip to AK. This is kind of last minute-ish as we were hoping to draw a tag but didn't. I am sure I will have a ton of questions, but my first is geared toward flights. We are planning on flying Alaska Airlines. I have read much that they offer a piece of mind when it comes to familiarity with hunters traveling. Is it worth getting their credit card this close to the hunt? We go out 9/29 and return 10/8 flying out of St. Louis. It might be more headache than its worth given I wouldn't get the companion pass for a while now because you have to earn points first. And the flights that use points don't seem as good as the more direct flights. For example, a flight is 11.5 hours for departure but since american airlines flies the first leg, it doesn't qualify for points etc. So all the points flights are >24 hours. Anyone have any opinions on that?

Second, they recommend chest waders for the hunt and if we kill early can do some salmon fishing. Thoughts on that and what to look for? The only waders I have used are my insulated waterfowl waders.

Any way, so excited I couldn't sleep last night!
 

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Sorry I can’t be of any help but offer you congrats. I’d be excited as hell too. Beat of luck and look forward to your story of you post it.
 

thinhorn_AK

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I probably wouldn't break the bank on waders unless you want a nice pair when you are done with your hunt. If you do want a nice pair, Most guys I know up here use the simms g3. If not, you can do pretty well with a pair of breathable caddis waders.
 

Nick Muche

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Who did you book with? Sam? Dennis?

The AA credit card is a pretty good card to have, even if you can only use the companion rate once, then cancel it. If you plan more trips to AK, it could be money well spent.

Either way, I'd follow whatever gear list they give to you. If waders are listed, they're likely needed for some portion of the hunt and I'd recommend something from Simms.
 

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Congrats 🍾 on booking. Simms would be my only option if money allows. I would have no problem hunting in a pair and fishing again
 

buzz4me2

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You have to spend a small amount of money to get the companion ticket once you get their credit card. To me it’s more than worth it. You also get your first bag checked for free so that’s a $30 savings each way right there. I think the card for a year cost $75.

Sounds like you have plenty of time to put some money on that card to get the companion ticket but if you go a different route I’d still fly Alaska because their third thru tenth checked bag cost $100 each and they can way up to 100 pounds. That’s a huge savings if you plan on bringing back meat and a cape or horns etc.
 
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ryjack70ss

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Who did you book with? Sam? Dennis?

The AA credit card is a pretty good card to have, even if you can only use the companion rate once, then cancel it. If you plan more trips to AK, it could be money well spent.

Either way, I'd follow whatever gear list they give to you. If waders are listed, they're likely needed for some portion of the hunt and I'd recommend something from Simms.

Thanks everyone. I am sure I will spout questions as the come up. We are hunting with Lonesome Dove Outfitters. Have only seen positive feedback so far. If anyone has any advice on his hunt I am all ears. And smiles.


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