If you’ve been in the Live Hunt loop lately, I’m sure that you’ve read that instead of my hard-hitting .375, I’ve chosen to try and take a brown bear with my recurve bow. If you’ve read that, you probably either think I’m either crazy or stupid, and truth be told I might just be both.
However, in my defense, I must say the recurve is even more deadly a weapon now than it was when it was first invented. I have several reasons for choosing to go with a traditional bow, so hear me out. [ Read Full Post ]
With summer just around the corner, many of us will soon be taking to the mountains and trails in bear country. Those of us who fish, hunt, and hike in the grizzly and black bears’ stomping grounds need to give them respect, but also be prepared for a potential violent encounter. So what is the best option for stopping a bear that’s hellbent on tearing you to pieces? [ Read Full Post ]
This May I'm headed for the Alaska Peninsula to spot, stalk, and shoot a brown bear with a recurve bow (you'll be able to find full coverage of this trip on Live Hunt). As I get physically and mentally prepared for this hunt, I can’t help but think back to some of the bear stories I’ve heard.
The southern coast of Alaska, loaded with toothy predators the size of Volkswagens, is where bear stories are born. My friends Luke and Josh Randall of Afognak Wilderness Lodge have no shortage of these stories, as they have been guiding and hunting some of the largest land predators in the world for most of their lives. When I was down at the lodge hunting deer last December, Luke told me one such story that would send shivers down any hunter’s spine.
The hunt started out normal enough … [ Read Full Post ]
If you want to get an earful of opinions here in Alaska, just ask people about their favorite bear backup gun. You’re likely to get anything from a .50 BMG to a buddy who runs slower than you. Alaska is a place full of big bears and tall tales, but the right backup gun can save your life. The best calibers for big bears are obviously large caliber rifles, but it’s not always convenient to carry around a crew-served artillery piece.
I’ll soon be headed down to the Alaska Peninsula to hunt brown bears with my recurve bow. Needless to say, it would be foolish to make a go of it without having some type of backup firearm. So what do I take? [ Read Full Post ]
Alaska attracts a certain type of person, and with Fairbanks (my hometown) being literally the end of civilization, that fact is more evident here than anywhere else. Fairbanks is full of hardy, freedom-loving people who often “don’t fit the mold.” Although the modern world is here and creeping ever deeper into The Last Frontier, there are many of us who dream of an older, wilder time, and have to find a way to keep in touch with that. [ Read Full Post ]
The photo at the bottom of this blog looks like it could have come from the set of a horror movie. But don’t blame Wes Craven: This picture was taken by my buddy, JR, while he was out on his trap line this winter.
One day in early March, JR cut across the tracks of a frantic yearling caribou running down a riverbank out of the woods. The caribou wasn’t alone though. JR could see another animal was putting a paw down every few yards, hanging on in a death grip to the fleeing caribou.
By backtracking, he found out what was taking place, reading the tracks as if it were still happening. He found where the caribou had been traveling along the riverbank, and a large lynx had waited in ambush. [ Read Full Post ]
The hazards of trapping in Alaska are numerous and include breakdowns, overflow, and bitterly cold temperatures. In these arctic conditions, the line that separates normal and dangerous is pretty thin. The line that separates dangerous and deadly is even thinner. A common saying here is, “In Alaska, little problems can become big problems very quickly.” I’ve had quite a few close calls over the years, days when everything seems to go wrong, but there’s one that easily tops my list of near-death experiences. [ Read Full Post ]