Calorie Counts

Backcountry Hunting Blog by Larry Bartlett of Pristine Ventures Backcountry Hunting Health Study pinpoints caloric demands on arduous river hunts Dating back about 40k years ago, hunters were actually survivalists. They developed projectiles and knives from stones, bones, ivory, and antlers. With these tools, they sought out river Read More...

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How To Take Better Hunting Photos

You’ve just shot a big-game animal. The adrenaline is pumping; you and your buddies are stoked, and then the reality sets in that the work is now upon you to butcher and pack-out the caribou, moose, bear, sheep, deer, goat, elk, bison or musk ox. In the haste to get Read More...

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A Far Walk From Here

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 Read More...

Farewell Bison Hunt

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 no waders, watched anxiously from behind. I attempted to duck behind a chunk of driftwood and a Read More...

In Fruitless Pursuit of Moose

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 figured to get to camp a day early, hopefully find some caribou, Read More...

Shotguns for the Season

Shotguns for the Season By Steve Meyer With the waterfowl opener nearing the 100-day countdown mark, some hunters might be considering a new shotgun. The new autoloaders put out by Benelli, Beretta, Browning and Winchester have gained a wide appeal in the waterfowling world, largely due to their ability to Read More...

Gutless Field Dressing

Story and photo by Scott Haugen Gutelss 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 Read More...

Sausage Making

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 will add another dimension to the experience. Today I hope to encourage you to begin Read More...

Getting It Home

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 take it across the country, you need to have a plan ahead of time. There Read More...

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Life on the Ledge: Judging Yardage

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 Read More...