4 Hunt Alaska Online
6 Publishers’ Welcome
10 Hunting for a Compliment
12 Gun Dogs
16 Trip Tips
20 Red Gold
24 Backcountry Nutrition
57 Ad Index
On The Cover
Luke Hayes, age 11, of Eagle River, AK, harvested his first caribou during the youth Forty mile hunt. © Guy Hayes
2023 Editors’ Choice Awards by Hunt Alaska staff
The eighth annual Hunt Alaska Editors’ Choice Awards showcase the best gear we tested in 2022. Categories for this year’s awards include Firearms and Ammunition; Optics; Knives; Field Accessories; Apparel; Game Bags, Holsters, Packs, Cases; Camping; and Cooking.
2023 New Gear by Hunt Alaska staff
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 2023. Rest assured; we’ll be testing many of these ourselves this fall.
Field-Judging Bears by Scott Haugen
Live bears are among the most difficult big-game animals to accurately judge for trophy potential. Scott Haugen has observed, hunted, and killed many bears in his noteworthy hunting career, and offers great tips in this feature regarding how to size up bears in the field.
Choosing the Right Tent by Casey Dinkel
On a backcountry hunt in Alaska, a tent is more than just a place to sleep. It is your lifeline. Alaska’s weather is often unforgiving. If there is one item in your kit where you should buy the best, this is it. Casey Dinkel shares years of hard-earned, real-world experience to help you choose the best tent for your Alaska hunting adventure.