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Tom Shankster
Home:  (303) 364-5877
Cell:  (720) 244-8454

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Flight information

 

Anchorage to Lodge (Dillinger River Lodge/Base Camp):

Bear Mountain Air, LLC.
P.O. Box 873286
Wasilla, AK 99687
Telephone:  (907) 354-4623
Alt:  (907) 373-3347-2661
Email:  Bearmountainair@mtaonline.net
Website:  http://www.bearmountainair.com

Anchorage to McGrath:

PenAir Airways, Inc.
6100 Boeing Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99502
Telephone:  (907) 771-2500
Fax:  (907) 771-2661
Office Hours:  8:00AM – 4:30PM (Mon-Fri)
Email:  info@penair.com
Website:  www.penair.com

 

McGrath to Alaska Trophy Hunts Base Camp:

Magnuson Airways
P.O. Box 87
McGrath, Alaska 99627
Toll Free:  (877) 524-3123
Telephone:  907-524-3123
Fax:  907-524-3124
Barney Anselment Pilot on Call:
Home:   (907) 298-2223
Cell Phone:  (907) 631-2286
Email:  info@magnusonairways.com
Website:  www.magnusonairways.com

 

Alternate McGrath to Alaska Trophy Hunts Base Camp:

Tanana Air Service
P.O. Box 29
McGrath, AK 99627
Toll Free:   (855) 524-3330
Telephone:  (907) 524-3330
Fax:   (907) 524-3409
Email:  info@tananaair.com
Website:  www.tananaair.com

Note*  This is a basic list. You can add or delete items depending on your own specific needs. (For example, if you get cold easily, bring heavier shirts, underwear, etc.)  Please see each individual hunt page for temperature info.

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Clothing

  • Warm coat and pants – you will want these in camp in case of cold weather.  Wool is preferred, especially if your hunt is later in the season.
  • Comfortable, rugged hunting pants – fleece or wool.  I personally prefer fleece for its lightweight and warmth retention when wet.  Save the blue jeans for camp and when you are in town.
  • Jacket – Again, I like the fleece, preferably with a hood.
  • Rain gear – PVC coated nylon or Gore-tex jacket with hood and pants.
  • Breathable, self-wicking long underwear.  Polypropylene type, avoid the cotton ones.
  • 3 wicking-type long sleeve t-shirts
  • T-shirts/undershirts – cotton is the best in this area
  • Wool sweater
  • Two warm shirts, wool or new breathable material
  • 3 pair of socks, Darn Tough is a good brand
  • 3-4 pair underwear
  • Goose down vest or shirt that can be stuffed small into your backpack for when you stop to glass
  • Hats – one ball cap, and one stocking cap
  • Waterproof insulated gloves
  • Leather gloves for hiking and climbing around rock faces
  • Sun glasses/protective eyewear – good, high UV protection
  • High quality boots that will stand up to the rocky shale – This where the quality is truly needed, I recommend full leather boots with no side stitching. Some brands I like are Lowa, Meindl’s, Vasque, or any other high quality brands. I recommend that you try them on before buying, and break them in before the hunt.
  • River Trekkers (1st choice) or hip boots for crossing glacier streams.  LaCross have proven to be an excellent brand for hip boots, either the slip on or the ankle fit. Get them large enough for two pairs of socks.
  • Camp shoes
Equipment
  • Quality backpack “rugged with internal or external frame” (Kelty, Kifaru, Wilderness Wanderer, Dana, or similar frame style packs. These packs can cost from $200.00 and up)
  • Scoped rifle, .270 or above that you are already comfortable using. If you buy a new gun for this hunt, please sight it in and use it before the hunt.
  • Two full boxes of ammo; more if a custom caliber gun
  • Collapsible cleaning rod
  • Scope cleaning cloth
  • High quality binoculars – Leica, Zeiss, or Swarovski (8 X 32, or 10 X 42)
  • Spotting scope, optional
  • GPS
  • Soft rifle case
  • Range finder
  • Headlamp and small flashlight with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Knife w/ sharpener
  • Spoon
  • Leatherman type tool
  • Plastic coffee mug w/ cover
  • Pillow case (stuff clothing in to make a pillow)
  • Space blanket
  • Waterproof compression stuff sacks
  • Sleeping bag – light, but warm and easily compacted. Get the best one you can afford. Usually synthetic filled bags provide the best warmth if they get wet, but it is hard to beat a good down bag; just keep it dry. A good sleeping bag cover is an option.
  • Sleeping pad – either the thin foam or the inflatable type.  A Bivy Sack is also a great option.
  • Parachute cord
  • Water-proof matches or windproof lighter
  • Water purifier with bottle
  • Head net/insect spray for early hunts (DEET or equivalent)
Personal Items
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss, toothpicks
  • Q-tips
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Razor
  • Shampoo, bar soap
  • Towel, washcloth
  • Lip balm
  • Skin lotion
  • One roll of toilet paper
  • Medicine – 15 day supply
  • Glasses, contacts
  • Contact eye cleaner
  • Aspirin, Advil, or Tylenol (for the aches and pains)
  • Neosporin Plus and some band-aids
  • Moleskin for blisters on your feet

 

 

 

 

 

>Where can I purchase my license once I arrive in Anchorage?
Sportsman’s Warehouse or Mountain View Sports  You will need the following information to fill out your license:  Master Guide #148, Tom Shankster, Palmer, Alaska, GMU 19C, 16B
>How does the weather affect my hunt?
On most occasions we can get you into camp on your scheduled day, but flights are totally dependent on weather. To get to sheep camp you have to fly into the Alaska Range where the weather can be a whole different story from what you are seeing in town. We will do our best to get you into camp as safely and quickly as Mother Nature allows.
>What about meals?
The food in the base camp is usually prepared by Tom or one of the helpers. When you are in spike camp your guide does the cooking. You can expect Mountain House type meals in spike camp, until you kill a sheep, and then back straps are in order. You will not go hungry with Alaska Trophy Hunts, but this is the wilderness and you should not expect tea and crumpets!
>Do you have guides familiar with archery?
Yes.  Our clients have harvested the # 4 Pope & Young ram and many others that rank in the teens and twenties.
>What would you consider the odds of a shooting opportunity on a representative ram would be assuming weather is decent and we are physically prepared?
The odds are, on a scale from 1-10, at minimum an 8 if you come prepared, keep a positive attitude, and the weather doesn’t keep you in a tent for several days.
>Do you ever run into other hunters in your area?
We have never had an issue with other hunters being in the area.
>How would you rate the abundance and quality of game in your area?
Excellent.