The sweetness of flying is gone long before the bitterness of all of the logistical problems it creates. Driving gives you total control over everything. The only way to help with that is to ship all the gear you need to a contact out there and ship it home. To do that with an entire camp, tent cots woodstove and all will cost as much as your airfare. Been there done that not worth it. The cost isn’t the problem.
And to whoever compared this to an Alaska moose hunt is comparing apples to basketballs! Obviously you would need an extra week just to drive. And shipping everything back and forth for a diy moose hunt will run you easily $1000+. Been there done that too. Alaska/fly and lower 48/drive.
Getting meat back seems to be the easiest part of the equation, it’s $75 for each “bag” or cooler 51I simply cant get enough gear on a plane to keep this old body comfortable any longer.
And bringing horns and meat back?
Driving is no brainer.
And honestly, I dont know how much longer i want to keep
making the drive.
Think warm and dry. Not everyone realizes what the weather is like out there. I’ve heard guys say “We’re going out in May to scout” No.... you’re not! Unless you’re taking a snowmobile. Likewise it can get wintery in September. I’ve seen 8 inches of wet heavy snow that quickly turned into a slushy nightmare.Getting meat back seems to be the easiest part of the equation, it’s $75 for each “bag” or cooler 51
Won’t be any cots, large tents, or wood stoves. We Don’t plan on building any sort of elaborate camp. We are going out there with the plan to be very mobile and we don’t want any elaborate camp to tie us to an area. We are pretty much decided on flying, with southwest I can pay nothing and take 4 (bags), or I could pack stupid heavy, pay $75 per bag for overweight Bags up to 100lbs each. Only concern I have at this point is making sure the 4x4 truck rental is in fact a 4x4 truck when I arrive.
NO lie. Hunted the Sawtooth of central Id. in early Oct., few years back.Think warm and dry. Not everyone realizes what the weather is like out there. I’ve heard guys say “We’re going out in May to scout” No.... you’re not! Unless you’re taking a snowmobile. Likewise it can get wintery in September. I’ve seen 8 inches of wet heavy snow that quickly turned into a slushy nightmare.
Words to live by: Hope for the best but by God plan for the worst.
I honestly cannot imagine flying and taking everything you need for a DIY elk hunt on a plane.
Done both. But I much prefer to drive, and I have broken down half way across the country. Lost half a day but that is still better than not having your gear show up from either shipping it or the airline screwing up.
Yep. My (self-employed) buddy drove from Florida to Montana last year.....over the last couple of years leading up to the hunt, all he could talk about was how pumped he was for that drive, "see the country", and how he was getting new tires, new brakes, cold air intake, this, that, and the other for the big trip. I told him before we ever booked the trip that I was flying, and that if he wanted someone to ride with him I understood if he wanted to plan with someone else. I got a first class roundtrip ticket for less than $600. He had a belt snap on the way home and luckily was on his way again that night. I paid to have all my meat shipped back FedEx. When it's all said and done, he didn't save any money by driving, and (more importantly to me) he was away from home almost a week longer than I was.Losing half a day when a vehicle “breaks” down is about best case scenario.