AAA is best known for taking big brown bears (10’+) and in past years B &C caribou. We also had a good reputation for really nice sheep. When it came to moose we always tried to get our clients at least a 60 incher and for many years we had an over 60” average. Our areas just didn’t have the genes that produced the monster bulls that were in some of the more northern and southeastern areas. But all three of our areas had some dandy bull moose.
Starting out in our first area in the Wrangell’s, we only took one or possibly two moose hunters a season which were mixed bag or combo hunts. There were many years that we didn’t take any moose hunters at all. In a normal season we would only see two or three bulls total so only harvesting one every year or so was as good as we could do. Our largest taken was a 64 incher. We took two of those over the years. The second 64” was taken in ‘94 and was AAA’s overall largest that year. Our next biggest in that area was a 62 ½ incher and the rest were 60” or under.
Between our other two areas it was normally a toss-up as to where the largest moose would come from. The Alaska Peninsula area holds the record spread of 73 7/8 inches. The Western Alaska area comes in a close second at 73 inches. Brent would take four or five moose hunters on the Peninsula each season and their best average was 65 3/8 inches in 1988. Their largest that year was a 69 incher. My camp in Western Alaska would take six moose hunters a season and in ’97 we had a 66” average with the largest spread being 73 inches. That was AAA’s largest average size in any area. I will have to say that the Alaska Peninsula area took a few more bulls over the 68 inch class.
As you can see from the pictures, all of our guides were very competitive, always trying to get their client the largest trophy in their area.
These photos are some of our largest moose.