Every kid who picks up an outdoor magazine dreams of hunting in Alaska. In terms of big game, only Alaska offers such a variety of species, including the herds of majestic caribou. The state also has millions of acres of wild, game-rich lands open to the public. Most hunters in the lower 48 consider such a trip unattainable--a pricey venture that requires guides and all sorts of extra costs. Fortunately, with the exception of those species where state law mandates a guide, an Alaskan hunt can be experienced for the cost of air transportation to the state, provisions, an air taxi ride and license fees.