Summer 2019





Summer 2019

2019 Annual Gear Guide

DepartmentsHunt Alaska Summer 2019
Hunting for a Compliment 6
Online 10
Technical Talk 12
After the Shot 14
Ballistics & Ammo 16
Shooting for the Field 18
Life on the Ledge 20
Red Gold 22
Backcountry Nutrition 24
Advertiser Index 81
Recipe 82


2019 Editors’ Choice Awards 26

The annual Hunt Alaska Editors’ Choice Awards showcase the best gear we tested from last May to now. Categories for this year’s awards include Guns and Ammunition, Apparel/Outerwear, Field Accessories, Optics, Game Processing, Packs and Cases, Archery, Camping, and Footwear.

New Gear 48

Now is the time to start gearing up for hunting season! Here’s a short list of some promising new items to consider taking to the field with you in 2019. Rest assured, we’ll be testing many of these ourselves this fall.

So You Want to Hunt Moose!
by Scott Haugen 54

A moose hunt in Alaska is generally not a small undertaking. Scott Haugen shares his experience to help wanna-be moose hunters more effectively plan and execute a successful hunt. From planning to gearing up, to hunting, and what to do after the shot, plus cost considerations, this article will send you in the right direction for your first or next moose-hunting adventure.

Kodiak Goat Hunting: A Study in Humility
by John Whipple 62

Extreme tends to be an overly used term. However, John Whipple’s story of this Kodiak goat hunt provides insight into not only the great goat hunting available on Kodiak, but also the severe, sobering, and downright dangerous conditions that high-altitude hunters could face in Alaska.

Punch ‘Em in the Nose
by Steve Opat 68

Grunting, slobbering big bulls! Hunting moose during the peak of the rut is the stuff of which many a moose nimrod dream. Steve Opat shares the story of a successful moose hunt in 
which he employs superb situational analysis, tactical technique, and execution on a remote float hunt during the zenith of the moose rut.

Bowhunting Caribou
by Lon E. Lauber 74

Lon Lauber started caribou hunting in the 1980s and discusses caribou behavior, hunting methods, locations, timing, suitable archery tackle, and the amount of time to dedicate to your hunt to help you arrow ‘bou in the Greatland.



COVER / John Whipple with a beautiful Kodiak goat. © Micah Ness

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