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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

What is your background and experience?

Owner, Captain Jeff Wasley has worked with waterfowl throughout his career as a biologist and as an outfitting guide.  As a wildlife biologist, Jeff worked exclusively with waterfowl specializing in Alaskan sea ducks and geese. These years of study and work have given him vast and unique knowledge of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting that will elevate your hunting experience. 

Jeff has worked for more than two decades in Alaska and has hunted extensively throughout the Midwest where he grew up and went to college.  Jeff often spends around 200 days a year guiding, hunting, and fishing.  Besides operating his own businesses, Jeff spent six summers as a fishing guide on the Aniak River.  For over ten years, Jeff has also guided King Eider hunts on St. Paul Island, Alaska.

When is your season?

September

  • Brant, Cacklers, puddle ducks
  • Silver Salmon and Dolly Varden (Char)

October

  • Peak Brant, Cacklers, puddle ducks
  • Some diving ducks and sea ducks including Harlequin

November – December 16

  • Peak sea ducks: Pacific Common Eider, Harlequin, Oldsquaw (Long-tailed Duck), White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter
  • Brant, diving and puddle ducks, ptarmigan
Where do you hunt and fish?

Cold Bay, Alaska is roughly 630 miles southwest of Anchorage and access to the area is provided by Alaska Airlines. There are numerous roads of varying quality to access different areas near town. The Peninsula is bordered by the Bering Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. Guests will hunt a wide variety of different locations depending on what species you are targeting.

Do not be mislead by guides who over promise and under perform. Do your research and contact the US Fish & Wildlife Izembek National Wildlife Refuge office (907-532-2445) and ask them which guides are permitted to hunt in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Izembek is the entire point of making this long journey to Cold Bay. You do not want to miss out on being guided in this Wetland of International Importance – finding your way into the heart of this wilderness for an unforgettable experience cannot be done on your own.

What options for hunting and fishing do you offer?

September Cast and Blast: The first three weeks of September are especially good for Silver (Coho) Salmon and Dolly Varden (Char) There are two small rivers and a couple of streams that can be fished from the bank.

Fly fishing works well when winds aren’t blowing more than 20 mph. Spin and cast gear is also fine. We have rods for spinning, casting, and fly, but we recommend that anglers bring their own. We also have flies, spinners, etc. for you to use. We will process, vacuum seal, and freeze your catch for you.

September hunting is excellent for Pacific Black Brant and Cackling Geese. We often do very well on puddle ducks, mainly Northern Pintails, but also Green Wing Teal, Mallards, and Wigeon.

October Peak Waterfowl: As the season progresses, October hunts offer peak numbers of waterfowl in the Cold Bay and Izembek National Wildlife Refuge as more birds begin migrating through the area. Hunters have a wide abundance of species to choose from, including: Pacific Black Brant, Cacklers, Mallards, Pintails, Green-winged Teal, American and Eurasian Wigeon, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Harlequin, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, and Ptarmigan. Late October provides hunters with the opportunity to watch some Brant and Cackling geese migrating south and observe the number of sea ducks increase. The variety of birds is never greater than in mid- to late October. With the combination of Cacklers, Brant, puddle ducks, divers, sea ducks, and ptarmigan, we have had groups shoot over 20 species in a single week.

November and December Sea Ducks: November and the first two weeks of December in Cold Bay is the prime time for hunters seeking to add to their trophy collections. This is a unique opportunity to collect, all in one location, a variety of highly sought after species, including Pacific Black Brant, Harlequins, Pacific Common Eiders, Long-tailed Duck (Oldsquaw), Black Scoters, White-winged Scoters, Aleutian Green-winged Teal,  Willow Ptarmigan, and more. The past five winters have shown an average of 40,000-50,000+ Pacific Black Brant overwintering in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, which means they are available to hunt through the end of the season. Hunters may also have a chance to hunt Red-breasted Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, and more during this time as well.

How are our days structured?

We tailor each group’s trip according to their interests, so whatever you are interested in doing, we will make every effort to make it happen. 

Wake-up is around 7:00 a.m. with breakfast being served each morning.  

Snacks are packed to go as you will eat in the field most days, although some days we do stop back at the house mid-day for lunch and to warm up and regroup, depending on the time of year, tides, and weather.

We hunt until dark on some days, although most of the hunting is more influenced by the tides than time of day.

What about the weather?

The weather can be a major factor in your transport timing, personal comfort, and hunting success.  Please keep the variable weather conditions in mind when choosing your clothing.  Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather, but we are accustomed to the changing conditions and our guides will make every effort to ensure the best possible hunting, regardless of the weather conditions.  

As safety is our top priority, we will not boat in unsafe water conditions, but because we are permitted to guide in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll still be able to enjoy high quality hunts all days by hiking to hunting areas near the road system. The weather in Alaska is often extreme and unpredictable which may cause delays.

We do not reimburse clients for lost days, delays in flights/transfers, or any expenses due to weather.  If room is available, we will accommodate you at the camp at no extra charge if you are delayed and unable to fly out.  Travel insurance is highly recommended.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes.  We always welcome well-behaved dogs in our home.  

We have our own Labrador Retrievers at the lodge, but you are welcome to bring your own pup if you wish.  

Please bring your own food and treats that your dog needs.  

If traveling with your dog for the first time, please contact the airlines for their requirements and be sure that your dog’s travel health certificate is good for the entire length of your trip.

Can I take my fish and birds home?

All birds will be tagged or labeled, packaged, and frozen for you to meet federal migratory bird shipping regulations. Salmon will be cleaned, vacuum-sealed, and frozen for your traveling convenience.

You should bring a medium-sized cooler as a part of your baggage. A detailed packing list is included in your confirmation packet.

How physically fit do I need to be for this trip?

You’ll need to be moderately fit for this trip, but do not let your age deter you – hunters well into their 70’s have enjoyed the full range of offerings on our trips.

In order to access the prime locations, you will need to be able to hike for extended periods over uneven and challenging terrain and varying weather conditions.  We do boat to as many areas as possible, but when weather is unsafe for boating, walking is often required for access to alternate locations. Individuals with cardiac, leg, back, or hip problems that compromise their mobility may find this trip difficult.

Four Flyways Outfitters will make every reasonable effort to accommodate individuals with mobility limitations, but advises that these conditions may not enable guests to access the most productive locations and to adjust their expectations accordingly.

Firearms, Ammo & Equipment

Do you offer gun rentals?

Yes. We have a variety of high-end semi-automatic 12 gauge shotguns available to rent for $100 for your entire hunt.

You are welcome to bring your own gun, please be aware that we hunt salt water environments 90% of the time, which requires guns to be thoroughly cleaned daily to prevent corrosion.

Ammunition is available for purchase from the lodge if you do not want to bring your own. If you choose to bring your own firearms and ammunition, be sure to check with your airline regarding their regulations for flying with these items.

What equipment do you use?

We use a variety of boats to access prime hunting areas in both the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Cold Bay, including multiple large aluminum skiffs in addition to inflatable boats and four different layout boats.

We have a large variety of quality decoys for all the different types of waterfowl hunting available and are constantly updating our decoy inventory. 

Four Flyways Outfitters prides itself in using quality gear to help ensure safe and successful hunting.

What kind of ammunition should I bring?

We encourage hunters to contact us about shotgun shells specific to their hunting goals, time of year, and species desired. We suggest quality steel loads for most of our hunting.

Those seeking Pacific Common Eiders should bring a minimum of 20-30 rounds of Hevi Shot #4, Kent Matrix #3, or Boss #3. They are the toughest ducks in North America and the largest; we want you to have the best ammo possible to prevent cripples being lost.

Licensing

Where / how do I buy hunting licenses and tags?

We require that you arrive in Cold Bay with all necessary licenses and stamps.

Purchase them online at least 30-60 days before your trip: www.adfg.alaska.gov.

Purchase your Alaska small game license ($60.00) along with an Alaska state duck stamp ($10.00) online. Your Federal duck stamp ($25.00) can be purchased at U.S. Post Offices and a variety of other locations.

IMPORTANT: Please do not show up without all of your proper licenses. If you do and none are available locally, you will not be able to hunt. For hunters who also want to fish, please also purchase online the 7-day non-resident license ($70.00) with your trip dates properly selected.

Traveling

How do I get there?

Guests will be responsible for their round trip airfare to Cold Bay (CDB). 

As of April 2020, Cold Bay is now serviced by Alaska Airlines. Reservations can be made directly with Alaska Airlines 1-800-252-7522. Currently, Alaska has flights to Cold Bay on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Average flight time between Anchorage and Cold Bay is approximately 1.5 hours.

Getting to the lodge: We will meet you at the airport. The ground transfer from the airport in Cold Bay to the lodge is included in the package. As the lodge is within walking distance from the airport, it is a very short drive.

Should I stay overnight in Anchorage?

Yes, we recommend you spend the night in Anchorage before continuing onto Cold Bay and after returning from there.

However, if you wish to condense your schedule after your trip, you may be able to make connections to Cold Bay and from Cold Bay, leaving Anchorage without staying the night between flights. Be aware that weather and airline complications can make a tight schedule difficult, so allowing extra time to spare can be convenient.

Pricing & Protection

What are your rates?
  • September and October (Saturday to Saturday, 7 nights and 6 days)
    $4,000 per person. Limit 8 hunters per week.
  • November and December (Saturday to Saturday, 7 nights and 6 days)
    $5,000 per person. Limit 8 hunters per week.
What’s included in the price?

Ground transfers to/from the airport in Cold Bay, lodging, meals, fully guided hunting/fishing, all transportation to and from hunting and fishing areas, tagging, packaging, and freezing of fish and game.

Packages do not include: airfare, any hotel nights and meals in Anchorage, small game hunting license ($60.00), federal waterfowl stamp ($25.00), state waterfowl stamp ($10.00), non-resident 7-day fishing license ($70.00), gratuities for guides and staff, and gun rental fees or shells purchased through outfitter.

What else should I know?

Deposits and balance due: A 50% deposit is required when booking the trip. The balance for all trips are due August 1.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your Alaska hunt.  Sometimes unforeseen circumstances occur that are unavoidable, such as flight cancellations, weather delays, and illness. Purchasing travel insurance will give you the peace of mind that your expenses will be covered if anything unexpected should happen.

Policies & Procedures

What are your Policies and Procedures?

Four Flyways Outfitters is committed to offering only the highest quality Alaska guided waterfowl hunts. This is achieved by strictly following all state and federal rules regarding fishing and waterfowl and upland hunting. Our policy is very simple: we will not aid or assist in any lawbreaking. If you violate any state or federal laws we will immediately contact the local State Troopers and/or Federal Fish and Wildlife officers to report you. No exceptions! We take our profession very seriously and we will not risk our business for anyone. Each guest will have a signed contract outlining the terms of their trip. This outlines the hunt dates, total hunt cost, and other details. We require a 50% non-refundable deposit and highly recommend travel/hunt insurance to cover any weather delays or flight cancellations that can arise on short notice. We will not be held liable for anything until you arrive in our lodge.

All our professional waterfowl guides are licensed and insured to hunt and guide in Alaska, and if carrying passengers in their boat, are also USCG licensed Captains. We enforce a 100% no drugs or alcohol policy while hunting.

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