Spring 2013Spring 2013, Hunt Alaska Magazine
First-Time Moose Hunters

The Opener 6
Editor’s Tracks 8
Hunting for a Compliment 10
Gear Shop 14
Technical Talk 18
After the Shot 22
Ballistics & Ammo 24
In the Field 28
Shooting for the Field 32
Life on the Ledge 36
Backcountry Safety 38
Hunt Alaska Recipe 70
Advertiser Index 72
Last Shot 74


Back for Bear 42
Alaska is widely known for its quality of black bear hunting opportunity, particularly from points south of Prince William Sound. Join Hunt Alaska Contributing Editor Paul Atkins for a spring black bear hunt in Southeast and then plan your own.

Rattling Blacktails 48
When it comes to calling game, there are never any guarantees, but this feature from Associate Editor Scott Haugen will help you diversify your approach, bettering your odds for success on that next Sitka blacktail hunt.

First-Time Moose Hunter 54
For many hunters, moose are the preeminent big-game species in Alaska, and here Contributing Editor Lon Lauber presents all the ins-and-outs of hunting for Alces alces gigas—solid tips whether you’re a seasoned backcountry vet or heading out for your first DIY hunt.

Choosing the Right Upland Bird Dog 60
Flushing or pointing? Retriever, Spaniel, Brittany? Author and longtime Alaska upland hunter Jim McCann explores the characteristics and virtues of a variety of breeds and helps explain some of the decision-making process you’ll encounter when choosing your own.

Hooter Hunting 66
Add some spice to your spring hunting arrangements with a trip to southeast Alaska for blue grouse, the largest grouse in the state and a fantastic challenge amongst the forested alpine of the Alexander Archipelago.

COVER / Avid moose hunter Ed Hunt with a nice bull taken last fall. © Wayne Norris