Anyone ever attempt a bush plane drop off hunt? I had never seriously considered this in the lower 48 until casually looking at a map of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (cool name, huh?) and noticed there were little airstrips located in the mountains and along gravel bars of the Salmon River. I've backpack hunted before in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Montana and think this would beat the heck out of hiking your camp in 20 miles.
I just looked into the pricing and you're looking at the neighborhood of $400 round trip, sounded good enough to me so I just bought an elk tag.
Anyway, anyone have any thoughts or advice on this? Is this more popular than I realized? What's the chance of the area around the airstrips looking like a camo-clad refugee camp? I can't imagine there would be many people packing in much further from the airstips, but that's gotta be a great way to put some real distance between yourself and the crowds.
I'm gonna go for it and if this sounds like a good deal to anyone else, there's about 80 nonresident Middle Fork B elk tags left. The tag allows you to hunt the rut with a rifle (opens 9-15, deer also). You can't beat September in the mountains and this could be pretty exciting. Also, I'm going alone but would love to have someone join me.
Here's some images I found on Google Earth of two of these airstrips: