Re: DYI Alaska moose hunting ?
Depends on your definition of "good". Getting a legal bull for meat is a possibility, getting a good trophy is a hope but unlikely. Having a good time is probably guaranteed unless you're not prepared for what is involved. Alaska has the most rigorous and strictly enforced of all game laws regarding meat and trophy salvage so you need to be acutely aware of them especially with a road hunt.
There are extremely few roads in Alaska and virtually ALL the residents hunt the roads for meat and almost all do it with atv's. The road system gets crowded and if you don't have an atv you will be passed daily by those that do. It is not unusual to drive down the road and see a huge pool of blood on the road, maybe a drag mark, but no animal, no skid marks, no car parts. Evidence somebody caught one standing on the road and probably loaded with a winch. So it is possible without an atv but don't have unrealistic expectations on a big trophy. Of course it is always possible. Backpacking far from the road for a 1500 pound animal really isn't realistic with the strict salvage requirements.
An alternative to flying but a common and VERY effective method for getting a trophy is float hunting. There are also different interpretations of "DIY". I can put you in touch with 2 outfits that will for a fee, outfit, help with planning, provide put-in and take-out, everything without guiding. Not sure if that meets your definition of diy. Or you can have a raft, motor, and gear, freighted up and handle all the logistics of handling the meat and trophy yourself.
People think of Alaska as a massive wilderness, but the truth about hunting is that it is just as difficult, maybe even harder than Pa, to get away from the crowds. It is VERY mechanized and there is always someone willing to go in just as far as you. 10 years ago I could go back in and not see another person for a week. I blame the internet but now that is very unlikely. Even flying in it is all but impossible to get away from everybody.
Was air dropped in a remote area on an island last year, I had my camp in the dense canopy and could tell the sound of a beaver making a slow flyover for an approach, I had to go out on the beach to wave him off as it was an outfitter about to drop off a load of hunters. Saw him later in the week in Ketchikan and we talked about it. 2009 I paid a lot to get into the most remote area possible, much farther than I usually go, a couple days in and for a couple days I could hear the rumble of a large diesel boat miles off over a ridge. I knew it couldn't get into the channels I was hunting but then a zodiac with a guide and 2 hunters motored right by my camp never seeing me or my tiny tent. Was talking to my air taxi pilot for a caribou hunt and he asked where I wanted to go, I told him and he said all the landing spots in that area are already taken. Was hunting on an air drop on POW a few years ago about a mile from my tent and watched a boat load of hunters unload right at my tent, was furious and started to run back, they got in the boat and left before I got there. I just don't know what that was all about. Hunted goat in a very remote area of Kodiak and was shocked to run into a pair of hunters as I was packing the goat back out to sea level. Listening to the radio the next day I heard them radio their boat they got one and missed one. I guess it's the last frontier but it gets crowded during hunting season.
Don't want to discourage you but it's going to be tough from the road competing with the well supported residents.
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