The Aniak Experience

Decades of big game hunting and guiding experience in the bush, along with thousands of hours flying in the unpopulated regions of Southwest and Western Alaska, assure that we can provide the most personalized hunt in the state.

Bring your family along! Non-hunting participants (spouses, children, parents, etc.) are welcome to accompany you on your trip. While non-participants are not allowed to hunt big came, they can help in packing and share the rest of your adventures. Non-participant fees will generally be 1/3 off of the regular trip cost - ask us for more details.

The extra time that it takes to get to Aniak is well worth it. The remote and wild backcountry around our lodge is an excellent hunting region with very few non-resident hunters.

What is the Hunting Like?

Ron's mooseMost hunts will take place in the Yukon-Kuskokwim River drainages or the Illiamna area (Western and Southwestern Alaska). There is a variety of transportation available to you depending on species of animal you choose to hunt, including floatplanes, super cub airplanes with tundra tires, jet boats, airboat, snowmobile, snow shoes, dog team and of course, foot.

The terrain is rugged and physically demanding at times. We ask the hunter to be in good physical condition before departing on their hunt. All of our hunts are fair chase with strict Alaskan game laws being followed. We enjoy a high success rate as well as repeat clientele. We try to be very selective to give the hunter a greater chance for record book animals.

Every group receives a marine radio so that we can fly over and check in on each group midway through the trip, weather permitting.

Keith's moose Men and a moose Jim's moose
Meat and horns hanging Record size Grizzly bear takedown Caribou heads and racks on the tundra


What is the Gear Like?

Make sure you read ourUnguided Gear List before you pack!

A typical 3 person camping set-up for *all adventures* includes the following gear provided by Aniak Air Guides:

  • Tent and Camping GearCabelas's 4 man tent
  • Coleman stove with fuel
  • Dishes for 4 (plates, bowls, cups, silverware)
  • Non-stick pots & pans
  • Spatulas
  • Coffee percolator
  • Kool Aid jug
  • Wash tub
  • Soap & scrubber
  • Can opener
  • Weather-proof map
  • Marine radio for check-ups
  • Bear spray
  • Foam sleeping pads
  • Dry bags
  • 2 tarps
  • Duct tape

A typical raft set-up for *fishing, rafting, and float hunts* includes the following gear provided by Aniak Air Guides:

  • Raft and Rafting GearSelf-bailing Otter raft
  • Oaring frame with padded seat
  • Oars
  • High volume pump
  • Patch kit
  • Life vests
  • Dry bags
  • Cargo net
  • Extra tie-down straps


Season Dates & Tag Prices

All hunts require an Alaskan Hunting License ($160.00 for nonresidents), available for purchase at our lodge or through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Hunt Season Nonresident Tags

September 5 to September 20

Bull moose with large rack


residents only

Bull caribou with large antlers grazing in front of mountains

Brown Bear

October (Fall)
May (Spring)

Brown bear

Black Bear

no closed season

Black bear

Grizzly Bear

September to May

Grizzly bear


August 10 to close of Aniak Lodge

Willow ptarmigan

No separate tag fee


Large velvet rack Woman, father, and caribou Floating with horns
Moose and caribou racks on the airboat 3 men and 3 moose racks at our lodge Big moose and successful hunter


Unguided Hunts

Please review our unguided/combination drop hunt gear list and make sure to discuss weight requirements with your guide when booking your trip, as airline carriers to Aniak periodically change their on-board weight limits.

Combination Hunt Trip Cost
Caribou, Black Bear, Wolf, & Wolverine
Drop Camp call for current pricing
residents only
Drop Float call for current pricing
residents only
Moose, Black Bear, Wolf, & Wolverine Drop Camp $8,200
Drop Float $8,900
Moose, Caribou, Black Bear, Wolf, & Wolverine Drop Camp $8,550
Drop Float $9,250


Unguided Hunt Gear List

Combination Drop Hunts

Keep your portion of gear and food under 80 pounds.

All of our unguided packages are designed for our guests to bring/supply as little as possible. In a provide food, sleeping bag, and personal hunt gear....we take care of the rest.


  • all bush flying/transport, including meat & horns
  • flight of hunt area
  • weatherproof maps
  • bear spray
  • dry bags
  • tents
  • 2 tarps
  • camp chairs
  • 5 gallon collapsible water jugs
  • 1 gallon pitcher
  • 1 wash tub
  • 4 coffee cups
  • salt for capes
  • pepper to keep flies off meat
  • camp stove (fuel or propane)
  • 1 sleeping pad per person
  • 1 marine band radio (to check in each time you see an Aniak Air Guides Plane)
  • Kitchen Gear (large tote doubles as wash bin) can opener, plates, bowls, cups, silverware, coffee percolator, non-stick pot&pan, spatulas, soap & scrubber, kool-aid jug

Moose horns by plane

Additional Gear For Float Trips

  • Raft Equipment 13' and/or 14' NRS self-bailing Otter raft(s), Longhorn frame(s), with padded seat, dry bags, life jackets, oars, straps, oar savers, cargo net, patch kit, high volume Wonder pump(s), bow line


  • sleeping bag
  • bone saw
  • heavy jacket
  • camera and film
  • bug repellant
  • hat & gloves
  • pack frame
  • gun oil
  • 2 boxes of shells
  • rope & cord
  • long underwear
  • food
  • matches and lighter
  • hip boots
  • sun glasses
  • 2 changes of clothes
  • medium jacket
  • medicine
  • chapstick
  • compass
  • rain gear
  • knife & sharpener
  • hatchet
  • garbage bags
  • binoculars
  • flash light
  • lantern
  • towels
  • soap
  • water purifier
  • extra duffel for capes
  • 1 roll orange surveyor's tape
  • pack rods for fishing and lures
  • cooler for homebound meat (coolers do not go into field)
  • games bags
  • soft gun cases (hard cases do not go into field)



Aniak Air Guides
Rob Kinkade | P.O. Box 93 | Aniak, AK 99557
Cell 907.299.3503


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