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Alaska Big Game

A Far Walk From Here: Hunting Mountain Goats and Deer on Kodiak Island “In order to arrive at what you do not know. You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.”  – T.S. Eliot, from East Coker Part I – Getting There I’m staring at a mountain. It’s early morning in […]

Farewell Bison Hunt by Rick Birch Crossing a swift, two-foot-deep stream, fortunate to have thrown on my Caddis Waders that morning, I tried to advance as far as possible. My hunting partners, having

By Marcus Weiner Mac decided that he would obtain a Tier 1 caribou permit in Unit 13, which would allow him to hunt caribou early and take either-sex animal. This was a meat hunt, so Mac and Eagle fig

Alaska’s Mountain Goat Alaska’s other species of all-white, hoofed, large mammal is the mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus), inhabiting steep and broken mountain terrain from southeast Alaska to Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula. Goats are found from near sea level to over 10,000 feet, and in Southcentral they are generally confined to the Chugach […]

Alaska’s Dall Sheep Alaska’s Dall sheep (Ovis dalli dalli) are found in relatively dry alpine country and frequent a special combination of open ridges, meadows and steep slopes with extre

  The Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis) is native to the wet coastal rain forests of southeast Alaska and north-coastal British Columbia. Its range has also been expanded by

  The moose (Alces alces) is the world’s largest member of the deer family, and the Alaska subspecies (Alces alces gigas) is the largest of all the moose. In prime condition, a mature male might weigh from 1,200 to 1,600 pounds, with adult females weighing between 800 and 1,300 pounds. And with trophy-class bulls found […]

  Distributed across Alaska in 32 different herds, caribou (Rangifer tarandus) are the only member of the deer family (Cervidae) in which both sexes grow antlers. Antlers of adult bulls are large

  The smallest of North America’s bears (an average male weighs approximately 180 to 200 pounds in the spring), the black bear (Ursus americanus) occurs over most of the forested areas of t

While formerly listed separately by taxonomists, Alaska’s brown and grizzly bears are actually classified as a single species, Ursus arctos. That includes the famously oversized bruins of Kodiak Island, though these browns are now classified as a subspecies distinct from mainland bears, due to their genetic and physical isolation, as well as the fact that […]

Cold Weather Goats by Tony Russ TWENTY yards below me lay a nice billy. He had no inkling a bowhunter was above him with an arrow on the string. Not only was I poised above him, we were both on a rela

Bowhunting the Bearded One by Lon E. Lauber The deafening drone of the small aircraft made verbal communication difficult. I tapped the pilot on the shoulder and then pointed toward the two dark speck

A Split Second, to Make Right A Story of a Solo Brown Bear Bow Hunt on Admiralty Island by Tim McGee The Cessna descended toward the blue salt as my eyes searched the shoreline below, looking for a bear that was out there somewhere. The floats skipped across the water and the craft slowed then […]

One Day Dall for Dad by Scott Haugen Dad’s dream of hunting Dall sheep was finally under way, but we faced a major obstacle—we had only one day to hunt. Following a restless night, we were ent

Luck of the Draw by Ryan Schmidt Alaska, the Last Frontier—plenty of accessible game and thousands of miles to hunt. Well, this is what everyone that comes up to Alaska thinks, but it can be far fro

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