4 Hunt Alaska Online
6 Hunting for a Compliment
8 Gear Shop
14 Backcountry Nutrition
20 Gun Dogs
22 Trip Tips
26 Red Gold
56 Ad Index
On The Cover
Clay Brown and Ben Moore persevered through many obstacles to successfully hunt sheep during the pandemic.
© Ben Moore
Calling Spring Black Bears by Scott Haugen
Black bears are plentiful in some parts of Alaska, including Southeast, Prince William Sound, and Southcentral. Scott Haugen has hunted black bears in a variety of environments. Calling them into range is one of his favorite methods. In this piece, he discusses black bear behavior, setting up to call, the sounds to make, and black bear field care.
Gunning the Farthest North Ruffed Grouse
by Jim McCann
Jim McCann has been hunting ruffed grouse for most of his life. The ruffed grouse around the Fairbanks area are generally thought of as the northernmost population. In this story, Jim weaves in valuable information on how ruffed grouse arrived in Alaska, Alaskan ruffed grouse habitat, food preferences, behavior, hunting strategy, and shooting grouse.
Hunting in a Pandemic
by Clay A. Brown
With the COVID 19 pandemic roaring at full speed, 2020 was a challenging year for many hunters. Clay Brown drew the Tok Management Area Dahl Sheep tag in late 2019. However, he and his hunting partner, Ben Moore, ran into many logistics difficulties trying to make the hunt happen, mostly due to the pandemic. Happen it did, though, and Clay has the horns to prove it.
by Casey L. Dinkel
The author and his 72-year-old father paired up for a fly-out caribou hunt last fall. On the very first hunting day, before 7 a.m., they each bagged a bull in a 10-minute window of time that neither Casey nor his father will ever forget.