The Opener 6

Editor’s Tracks 8

Hunting for a Compliment 10

Gear Shop 14

Wing Shooting 18

In the Field 22

Technical Talk 24

After the Shot 28

Hunt Alaska Recipe 76

Advertiser Index 79

Last Shot 80

Special Section

In Pursuit of the Perfect Bird Gun 52

Longtime bird hunter Jim McCann shares what to look for when selecting the perfect bird gun.


A River of Antlers 32

Associate Editor Scott Haugen tells of his experience hunting caribou in a remote Alaska village.

Bear-Thirty: Monster Bruins and the Coast  38

Ryan Schmidt gets some beautiful brownies and he shares with readers pointers on what to look for and how to be successful.

First Time’s a Charm 46

William Foster shot a monster ram his first time sheep hunting and you can try too. Here’s how.

Extreme Hunting 60

Paul Atkins hunts musk ox in the harshest conditions. Join him as he prepares for this epic hunt.

Hunting the Competition: Predators of Alaska 64

Predators compete with hunters for many types of Alaska game. Steve Meyer gives you a primer on how to even the score.

Weather from Hell, Hunting from Heaven 68

Lon E. Lauber stalks deer in the high winds and sleet in Kodiak.