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Need opinion - Homer, Bethel, Anchorage, Kotzebue, or other?

I am looking to take a travel nurse position in AK somewhere that when I am done I can fly my husband up and we can go hunting in AK. Our debate is where to go since AK is so big. By doing the travel stint I hope to experience a bit more than just being the traditional tourist, allow for some scouting, and possibly make the hunting a bit more affordable. It would be great to get the opportunity to hunt bear, caribou, or moose...but would be ok with photographing those and going fishing and maybe a blacktail deer. Trying for a bear or moose would be my choice (we see moose while elk hunting all the time but tags take 10-15 years to get a tag in WY) but I know my husband would like to go after caribou.

Also...we can trade a guided antelope hunt + room & board in WY for the right person/situation. We don't have trophy antelope in the area, but I took a 15" buck this year that was nice.  

Does anyone have suggestions, thoughts, or ideas? We are on a fairly tight budget but would like an adventure! This would be a year from now as I'm finishing grad school.

Thanks!

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Need to point out , only a

Need to point out , only a registered guide may accept anything for services , trading hunts with anyone not a registered guide in Alaska would be in violation of Alaska law, and Fish & Game monitor things like this.

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Sent you a message' Alex

Sent you a message' Alex

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That's good to know. Got your

That's good to know. Got your message. Is there a good time today?

Do all hunting areas in AK need to be guided? or are there areas that can be accessed without a guide (or a drop plane). In WY there are public areas but if you go into wilderness areas then you need a resident to be with you, but not neccessarily a guide.

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Tomorrow around noon, our

Tomorrow around noon, our time, would be better, You are only required to have a guide for,Mt. Goat , Dall Sheep, Brown (Grizzly) Bear. You can hunt moose, deer, caribou, black bear, on your own, if you can get to the areas to hunt. Alaska is huge and there are few roads, areas around roads have animals, but also have heavy hunting pressure.

  Alex

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depends

Depends on what you want.  Anchorage is a modern mid sized city so there is likely to be plenty of career opportunity for a nurse. 

Bethel is a coastal town on a mud plain.  But a fairly large town with school, retsaurants, theater (last I knew), grocery store etc. being on the coast it is relatively easily supplied with goods shipped in.

If you want to be interior so you can go anywhere by boat or float plane, you might try someplace Aniak. But you aren't getting anything like a cargo ship to Aniak!

I don't think the smaller towns have anything beyond a local clinic.  Definitely do your homework and get employment lined up if you are thinking about a move.  Don't just show up to look for a job.  And for heaven's sake go in warm weather so you an get ready for the COLD and dark before it arrives.

How about someplace warmer like teh islands of or near Sitka or Kodiak?

 

It totally depends on what you are looking for.

 

 

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