The Opener 6

Hunt Alaska Online 8

Hunting for a Compliment 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 Safety 24

Advertiser Index 74


Editors’ Choice Awards 26

When deciding on equipment for hunting in Alaska, nothing means quite so much as getting it out there in the field. After years in the brush and atop the mountains of the Last Frontier, Hunt Alaska’s editors have returned with reviews on a full range of gear and hunting equipment, putting everything from tents to rifles and bows through the Alaska gauntlet. Here’s what emerged, the best of the best we handled in 2016. 

New Gear  46

It’s a new year, with a new fall hunting season right around the corner, and there is plenty of new gear out there for hunters to consider. To take the guesswork out of it, we’ve done the research for you and have landed on a choice few (dozen) must-have equipment items that are on the shelves in 2017.

Alpine Adventure
by Lon E. Lauber 54

Join Contributing Editor Lon E. Lauber on an adventurous excursion for early-season, high-alpine Sitka blacktails, where success can be measured in many ways.

Spot-and-Stalk Black Bears
by John Whipple 60

Black bear populations in Alaska are thriving, and by targeting the species in-between all the other big-game seasons, you can effectively extend your overall hunting season to virtually year-round. Here John Whipple explains how to get it done. 

No Regrets
by Billy Molls 64

Hunting in Alaska offers unparalleled challenges and opportunities alike, and as a guide, author Billy Molls has experienced a lot of it. Read here for his account of a wilderness hunt turned epic adventure.

Hunting Moose in No Man’s Land
by Gary English 70

Hunting with legendary Alaska Master Guide Virgil Umphenour, Gary English takes us on a world-class moose hunt into one of the most remote places in Alaska. A trophy bull was his reward.

COVER / Gary English with his trophy moose taken while hunting with Alaska Master Guide and hunting icon Virgil Umphenour. © Gary English