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  • April 26, 2011

    How to Buy a Hunting Pack: Part 1-0

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    It’s that time of year again and all the hunting forums seem to get overloaded with “what pack do I need for my upcoming hunt so I figured it was a great time to go over the key steps in getting a pack fitted for you as well as what size of pack may be needed on your upcoming hunt.

    I will go over everything you need to know in three separate blogs, starting off with the most important points.

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  • April 21, 2011

    Sheep Wars Part 2-7

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    On the highest peaks of Alaska, concern is growing about the future of Dall sheep hunting and just how tags should be distributed. Here's Part 2 of Tyler Freel's Special Report

    Click here to read Part 1 

    Finding a solution to the current situation is as hard as it is complicated, but the general consensus I have gotten from talking to troopers, Fish and Game officers, resident hunters and some guides is pretty clear. For the most part, residents believe that the number of guides should be more regulated. This includes utilizing exclusive-use concessions and requiring all outfitters to be permanent Alaska residents or pay a much higher license fee. Having their own managed areas to hunt and calculated harvest quotas would drastically improve the trophy quality and reduce guide-to-guide conflicts, allowing guides to manage the herds they hunt more responsibly—without the worry that another guide will move in and kill all the legal rams.

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  • April 19, 2011

    Sheep Wars Part I-11

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    Steve and his brother were busy setting up their base camp after flying into the Brooks Range in northern Alaska to hunt Dall sheep. They were pumped. Months of preparation had brought them to this spot. As they sorted their gear for the arduous task ahead, they weren’t too surprised to see a large fellow coming over from a guide’s base camp, which had been set up at the airstrip. People are usually few and far between in that country, so cordial visits are normal when running into others. The tone of the situation quickly changed, however, when the guide started talking.

    “You guys need to stay out of this canyon. There’s some rams up there that we’re saving for clients,” he said, pointing back toward a drainage to the west.

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  • April 15, 2011

    Choose Your Hunting Partners Wisely-19

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    I always thought someone should start a website called “Backcountry hunting partner match up” or as my wife would call it “wildernessmandate.com,” because it’s hard to find a TRUE hunting partner for extended bivy type hunts.

    To start things off, you will have to be physically compatible, or at least physically equal. Otherwise, you are going to be waiting on you partner (or he will be waiting on you) to get up the mountain. The issue only gets worse once an animal goes down and it's time to start packing it out. If your partner can’t handle a quarter of an elk and takes a break every 5 minutes, to cry like a 5-year-old school girl, you will probably be ready to stick an arrow in him.

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  • April 14, 2011

    Shed Hunting Secrets-8

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    When spring rolls around, my cabin fever meter reaches It's boiling point and I am ready to get out and hit the woods. The best thing about getting out in the spring months is the fact that elk and deer are starting to drop their antlers and, if you find the right spots, the shed hunting can be top-notch, even on public ground. This ups the motivation level tenfold to get out and start putting some boot leather on the ground.

    I have had some great success shed hunting in the last few years and wanted to share some of my shed hunting secrets. They're not really big secrets, and are more about hard work and common sense, but I'll share them with you anyway.

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  • April 12, 2011

    VIDEO: Trapping in Alaska-0

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    Rarely do people see lynx in the wild, even in Alaska where their numbers are booming. That's one of the reasons I love trapping: the chance to get up close and personal with these ghosts of the woods (see the video here).

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