Introduction to Delta Junction, Alaska
Delta Junction is a small town located on the Alaska Highway. Officially founded in 1960, the town was a result of people settling down after construction of the original Alaska Highway and then the newer Al-Can Highway. The area's wilderness and relative isolation is home to thriving wildlife, and makes this region a favorite among resident moose hunters. It is not uncommon for hunters as far north as Fairbanks to take a trip down the Highway to enjoy the high quality level of Alaska moose hunting that small Delta Junction offers. Delta Junction is located in central east Alaska, and gets its name from being the meeting place, or junction, of where the Richardson Highway meets the Alaska Highway. This is also the intersection of the Delta and Tanana Rivers. The wilderness is hilly and heavily wooded, with some open areas leading to lakes and rivers.
Hunting Licenses & Big Game Tags
The ADFG requires hunting licenses of all non residents. As of 2010, a non resident hunting license cost $85 per person. The rules for moose hunting are different fro residents. Any resident under the age of 16 is not required to have a hunting license, and any resident over the age of 60 does not need a license as long as that hunter has a Permanent Identification Card. No matter what the residency status, every hunter between the ages of 16 and 60 is required to have a hunting license.
Any non residents who want to moose hunt in Delta Junction are going to be required to buy big game tags for each moose. As of 2010, a non resident who is a citizen of the United States must pay $400 for a big game tag. A non resident who is not a citizen of the United States must pay $500 for a moose tag. The only non resident exception is a member of the military who is a non resident. Servicemen are not required to have a tag. Residents are exempt from needing a big game tag to hunt moose in Delta Junction.
What Is a Legal Moose?
The definition of a legal moose for Delta Junction is going to follow whatever standards the city of Fairbanks decides, since Delta Junction is located on the edge of the Fairbanks Game Management Unit (GMU). Local rules change from year to year in each GMU, but one moose that is always legal to hunt during season in Alaska is the bull moose. A hunter can determine by sight of a moose is legal size either by judging whether or not the antlers are 50 inches wide from the center, or if the moose has four developed brow tines on either side of its antlers. See the resources section for the ADFG's report on how to visually identify a legal bull moose.
Paid Moose Hunting Guides
Paid hunting guides are available in Delta Junction, and are mandatory for non residents and alien non residents who want to moose hunt. As of 2010, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations make a certified guide necessary for any non resident for safety reasons. hunting moose can be very dangerous, and in fact moose kill more people per year in Alaska than bear, and those numbers aren't even close. There are many good moose hunting guides who work the Delta Junction area from Fairbanks, so visiting hunters will still have a lot to choose from.
Other Alaska Moose Hunting Considerations
Moose hunting can be dangerous, and so can the Alaska wilderness to anyone who gets lost. There is also always the outside chance of a hunting accident. While no one wants to think about the worst case scenario, the area surrounding Delta Junction is extreme wilderness. Always pack a very high quality emergency first aid kit, a good survival pack or a survival kit at the very least, and pack up anything else you think you could use in a survival situation. Hopefully you won't need any of it, but you are always better off being safe rather than sorry. This is definitely one of those situations where it is better to have and not need than the other way around, and even when you're "near" towns in Alaska, you're still in the middle of nowhere so play it as safe as possible!
Also be aware that if come from out of state, the licenses are going to be much more expensive than if you are a resident. Tourist fishing and hunting is a huge part of the economy, and the expense of monitoring that environment is huge. Rest assured that despite the higher prices, the hunting experiences you get from Alaska are one of a kind and worth every penny. Moose hunting in Interior Alaska like around Delta Junction is a once in a life time adventure, and one that you will not want to miss out on.