We try to tell hunters, whoever you choose to go hunting with, DO NOT fly to the bush from the Anchorage area. Sure it is cheaper; you can fly into Anchorage and hop in a bush plane and be hunting right away. You do not have to spend more time and money taking a commercial flight into another town before you get on the bush plane and go hunting. It’s easy to do and there are many large air taxis based in Anchorage competing for the same areas to hunt.
You might say, "Why McGrath?" Good question, since we have no facility there, and it is quite a commitment on our part. We go there because it is the closest town to what we have found to be the best moose hunting in Alaska. It is also a friendly town with excellent accommodations. If you are a serious hunter and want a trophy moose, you should consider Willow Air. No one will work harder to make your hunt an enjoyable experience.
You will need to make your own air reservations to McGrath for your hunt. There are few choices for air carriers flying to McGrath. Ravn Alaska and Alaska Air Transit fly regular scheduled round trips about 3 times a week to McGrath. Please check with each for the current schedule. Ravn Alaska (800-866-8394) flies from Anchorage International Airport and Alaska Air Transit (907-276-5422) flies from Merrill Field in Anchorage. Sound Aviation (907-229- 2462) flies charters from Merrill Field and is reasonable if you have 3-4 people or need more flexibility.
We request all our hunters be in McGrath the day before you are scheduled to fly out to the bush. This gives you time to get your luggage if it has been bumped to the next flight, due to an overfull flight. It also gives you time to do your last minute shopping for your fresh foods, salt, propane, etc. We plan our next day of flying the evening before, so if you are not in McGrath the day before your hunt, you will not get flown out on your scheduled day. You should also plan to spend at least one night in McGrath at the end of your hunt so you can sort gear and get all the final arrangements made to get your gear, meat, antlers and cape home.