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Gutless Field Dressing Story and photo by Scott Haugen Field dressing big game is an essential part of the hunt. If going after moose or elk, I’ll take a small folding saw to sever the skull cap to cut down on weight. Other than that, a 4-inch bladed knife is plenty to break down any […]

Sausage Making By Tom Claycomb “Why make my own sausage?” you may ask. Here’s how I’d answer: If you shoot an animal and take it to the processor, your hunt is over. Processing it yourself wil

Getting It Back Home By Paul Atkins Whether you’re a resident just completing a successful hunt and want to get your meat and hide to a local processor in Anchorage, or non-resident who wants to tak

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Life on the Ledge: Judging Yardage Story and photos by Lon E. Lauber Shooting at Alaska big game presents a unique set of problems for the bowhunter. They live in such diverse terrain; they are frequently hunted in extreme weather and they vary dramatically in size from hundred-pound deer to nearly a ton of bison. […]

Youth Archery Story and photos by Melissa Norris Clear! A group of kids ages 6- to 16 walk down the 10-lane, 20-yard indoor archery range at Full Curl Archery on Old Seward Highway in Anchorage to che

Bacon-Wrapped Ptarmigan by Wayne Norris This is a very simple recipe that anyone can make. It is always a crowd pleaser and a great way to showcase Alaska’s state bird—ptarmigan. For the best outc

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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

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  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

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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 […]
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