Retrieving Birds Training For Hunting Dog

The object in delaying actual bird retrieving was to avoid creating in the dog a desire to pick up and carry birds before he learned to point staunchly and to be steady to wing and shot. To have done this in the opposite order would have resulted in such problems as the dog’s looking for the bird instead of using his nose, getting in too close, and worst of all, breaking point in an attempt to catch it.

It is logical, on the other hand, that if the dog is taught, temptations and therefore problems are less likely to arise. The fact that dummies were used earlier in retrieving is immaterial as the dog will not have connected these with birds. They have merely served to teach him to pick up, carry, and deliver correctly.

As with staunchness and steadiness-to-wing training, it is advisable to use the check line at first and let your helper do the shooting, this time using only the shotgun, as some birds are going to be shot. If you were doing the shooting, your attention would be distracted at the very moment your dog would be most likely to break and run in, which is the time you would have the gun to your shoulder. There is no way you can watch the dog for those few seconds, and he will sense it.

Furthermore, it is most important from this stage in training that both you and your helper be fully aware of two other fundamental principles which must be rigorously observed. These are as follows:

(1) Never shoot a bird over a dog which breaks and runs in as the bird flies. The gunner should always pause first to see that the dog has held before taking the shot. This is because, as I have said before, a retrieve is a reward for doing right. If he breaks, he has done wrong, so no reward should be forthcoming.

(2) Never shoot over a pointing dog a bird which he has not pointed. The bird may, for instance, fly off as the dog is approaching it. If this happens it must be left strictly alone with no shot fired. When hunting wild birds later, there are bound to be occasions when a bird will flush which the dog has not pointed. This will happen often with grouse and sometimes with pheasent. Woodcock tend to hold fairly well, but they too can be fickle. The rule of thumb, especially during a dog’s first season or two, should be to ignore all birds that flush of their own accord and those which you are unsure whether or not he has pointed. This demands self-discipline in great measure, especially if the bird happens to be the first shootable grouse of the day after three hours in the woods! It is a rule most hunters

would not be prepared to go along with, but if you are a dog man more than a hunter, as I hope you are, you’ll have to make up your mind to accept it.

If you do shoot birds over a pointing dog when you cannot tell for certain whether he pointed, you may in fact be shooting birds he has flushed. And birds shot over a pointing dog that he had knowingly flushed lead directly down the slippery slope to unstaunch points and general unsteadiness. Be staunch yourself, and you’ll reap the benefit in seasons to come.

Start by hunting the dog into the area where the birds have been planted, check as usual to see that the dog is staunchly holding his point, then stand on the line. Wait a few seconds and give your helper the nod to walk in and flush the bird. As the bird flies, concentrate on watching the dog, not the bird. Your helper will have noted its location when he shot it, and hopefully so will the dog. When the bird is down, wait a while as you would if it were a dummy and be ready to act, because if a break is going to occur, that’s when it will happen.

Don’t let the dog retrieve the first two or three birds that are shot over him, even though he remains good and steady. Have your helper walk out and pick them up in full view of the dog. As he walks out for a bird, say “Gone away” to the dog, and nothing more unless you have to. Let the dog take a sniff at each bird collected and, as you progress, walk out to pick one up yourself now and then, making quite sure he stands his ground. Now you will appreciate the value of having done this earlier with the dummies, when you allowed him to collect only the ones you wanted.

Repeat the process for another couple of sessions, leaving the check cord in place despite the fact that he’s holding, because next you are going to let him do some actual bird retrieving. They will not be, for the moment, the birds just shot, but cold dead birds from the previous training session. Make sure they are clean and free of blood and have your helper carry them in a pocket or bag.

I prefer pigeons for this but naturally if up until now you have always used quail, by all means use dead quail instead. The reason for using cold dead birds at first is that it tends to discourage a young dog from “mouthing,” which can sometimes  happen when first retrieving warm, freshly shot birds.

Start by having him stand alongside you and give him several retrieves of dead birds thrown by your partner as the gun is fired. Make him wait until commanded to retrieve; also tap him lightly on the head if you used this technique with the dummies. Have him bring them right to hand and, if he’s at all hesitant, adopt the same tactics as with dummy retrieving backing away, whistling, calling him, etc.

After a couple of sessions of this, provided he has performed well, you can proceed to use the dead birds in conjunction with shooting over him after a point and when a bird has been flushed.

This time, when your partner walks in and flushes the bird, he should shoot but not to hit it. Instead he will have with him a cold dead bird which he will throw, after the shot, in full view of the dog, twenty yards or so in front. The dog’s attention will then be wrested from the departing flyer onto the thrown dead one. The dog won’t know the difference. Pause for the compulsory few seconds, then give the command to retrieve. After doing this another two or three times, leave it for the day. Next time out, you can fire the gun yourself but still have your helper throw the dead bird.

Only now and I make no apologies for being so strict because that is what training is all about may you allow him to retrieve some birds that have actually been shot over him. Remember the rules: your helper to do the shooting; you to watch the dog; check line still on; a quiet pause once the bird has fallen before you send the dog to retrieve, and praise when he delivers to you.

Two or three birds shot and retrieved in one session are enough, and remember to let one or two fly off unscathed with a shot fired in the air. You did this with dummies and he came to understand it; now you’re doing the same with birds, so there’s every reason to believe he’ll understand this too. Like us he must (albeit reluctantly) come to terms with the fact that not all birds that are shot at are brought down.

Once more self-confidence will dictate to you when the check line and choke chain can be removed, and lastly, having had your partner shoot for you for a while, all that remains now is for you to do the shooting yourself.

Bearing in mind that you’re assuming two roles i.e., dog handler and gunner your actions on walking up to your dog when he’s on point are going to be somewhat different now so we’ll go through them from A to Z. First make sure that your gun is loaded (it’s easily forgotten!). Approach your dog from the side or front. Give him a reminder to ”whoa” as you start to kick around in the cover in front of him prior to kicking up the bird. Watch the dog carefully all the time for signs of movement. If he holds well, flush the bird but don’t shoot too soon. Pause for a second or two to look at your dog and to “whoa” him again. Then swing on the bird and shoot. As the bird drops, don’t dwell on where it has fallen; instead, look around immediately at the dog again to be sure he has held. Pause, unload, then send him for the retrieve.

A lot to do, you may think, but in practice it’s done almost without thinking and accomplished in seconds. Take my advice and learn to do this as a routine.

What you have achieved by now, therefore, should convince you that at last you have a dog which is steady to wing and shot. There’s still wild bird hunting to be done of course, which we’ll get around to later. But you have now progressed through the most important and difficult stages of this fascinating (and at times frustrating!) aspect of training.

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Alaskan Camper

The Alaskan camper also known as The Alcan Camper is a simple yet dramatic breakaway from the bulky profile of the average pickup camper. The original Alcan Camper which was later called the Alaskan camper was designed in 1953 for the purpose of conquering the Alcan Highway.

Outdoorsmen searched for a camper that would give them protection from the rain and cold, travel rough terrain, be lightweight, and present the least wind resistance on the road, and so in answer to these needs this Alaskan camper was built.


The Alaskan Camper (ALCAN Camper) provides luxury, and convenience with the advantage of mobility. They are the most rugged, functionally designed campers available. One of the noticeable features of the Alaskan camper is its patented telescopic system which gives the camper the advantage of raising and lowering its top. This Top Up – Top Down design means that down, the camper is ready for traveling with less air drag from any direction. In the down position, you eliminate fourteen square feet of area in the front and twenty-six square feet of area on each side. That means better gas mileage and better control in high-wind situations. It also means that UP the camper gives 6′ 4″ head room and even this can be increased. A second advantage of lowering the top is a stable, safe ride because the center of gravity is lower, which greatly reduces rocking and swaying.

The advantage of the low profile is when you are on one of those tight mountain trails or winding your way down to your favorite fishing spot, not only can you go under a lot of those low-hanging branches, but because the camper closely follows the profile of your truck, you won’t lean and tilt into trees, rock outcropping, or other obstacles.
The Alaskan Camper (ALCAN) can go where others can’t. You can drive safely at any legal speed with the least drag and sway saving fuel with every mile. The Alaskan camper is transformed in just seconds from compact to roomy walk-in living quarters. There is comfort and convenience of an insulated, weather-tight, high ceiling (6, 4) camper with no canvas for side walls. The Alaskan Camper (ALCAN) has been tested and proven on the Alcan Highway and around the world.
The Alaskan camper also features Alumashield construction which was exclusively developed for the ALCAN. The Alumashield is two layers of Aluminum with a polyethylene core that are bonded to a bonded aluminum frame, which results to lighter weight and greater strength, and no warping.
The Alaskan Camper (ALCAN) has two inches of sprayed-in urethane foam insulation that gives it the finest insulation with R value. It also has teak interior with solid teak doors and drawer fronts. Another feature that sets it apart from the others is its hot water base board heating system that both quietly heats the camper and provides water without producing a heavy electrical drain on the camper’s battery.
So whether you like the great desert, lakes, streams, mountains, ocean shores, open spaces and clear skies, or just simply traveling, these Alaskan campers will get you there in style without emptying your pockets.

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Travel Destination to Alaska

Imagine the snowy white trails of Alaska areas where polar bears, igloos, bright lights, and Eskimos travel the land. Alaska is one of the most beautiful and captivating lands in America where many people enjoy ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, and resting at night under hot, smoking fire places.

Right now is the time to go online, since you cam save on tour packages. The packages may include tours of Alaska’s coast. The coast has a wide array of heavenly scenery, which includes ice inlets, glaciers, mountains, national parks, forests, and so on. You can also book tours where you will travel Alaska’s Beautiful Canadian Rocky areas.

If you enjoy scenery lands then prepare to glide and slide across Alaska’s soil. You want to perk up, since in Alaska tours you will enjoy frontiers, itineraries, snowcapped mountain peaks, glaciers, wildlife, and steep fiord. Along the journey you may stumble upon the shores of the ocean, where black/brown bears, whales, bald eagles, seals, sea otters, and more roam the waters and lands.

Choosing tour packages enable you to participate in a wide array of fun and exciting adventures. Few packages enable you to tour Alaska’s historic towns where gold rushers were hunted for priceless jewels. Along the way you will learn Native cultures and American Art. You may spot take a bike ride, or hike once the tour is completed, or else you may find your self in a whitewater kayaking adventure.

If you love danger, excitement, adventure, and areas that will ignite your interest above any other time your interests have ever been ignited, then an Alaska travel is the choice you want to consider. According to reviews, Alaska is by far the most captivating area in the world. While many areas across the world present majestic surroundings, Alaska takes you on a journey far superb than any other adventure you will ever encounter.

Various Alaska packages are available online. You can book tours to Inside Passages, Natural areas, Call of the Wild, and more. You can book a 1st class majestic tour, which can include a 7 night stay at the Gulfs of Alaska. Otherwise, you can take an extensive cruise alone the shorelines. Dates, as well as prices are available online.

Tour packages may also include visits to the Rockies, Glacier Park, Canadian Rockies, Yukon, Inside Passage, Discovery Land, Cruises, Grand Alaska, and so on. African travels, Gutsy Women, and more are all packages available online as well.

The packages:

– It depends on the package you choose, however you can book a two week stay in Alaska. The package may include wilderness visits, rafting in the world’s world-class river, glacier walks, ice climbs, hiking, biking, and more. The package may also include meals as you float along in a raft through Alaska’s heavenly waters.

– Travel packages may also include Hikes through four of Alaska’s State and National Parks, as well as a kayaking trip through the Seas of Prince William Sounds. You may also enjoy a two-night adventure while resting at Alaska’s finest resort cabins in the wilderness. You can also use the water taxis to arrive at Kachumek Park, which is Alaska’s heavenly State Park.

– Yukon packages could get you a trip to Anchorage, Alaska. Just imagine spending 12 days hanging out with Alaska Cosmos. Of course, on the first day you arrive you will rest at one of Alaska’s finest resorts, and spend leisure time acquainting yourself with the surroundings. In the end and throughout the remaining trip however, prepare to adventure and explore the beautiful area of Anchorage. If you need more information go online, since here you can view pictures that will inspire you to a journey over to the Alaska atmosphere.

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Alaska King Salmon Fishing

The King Salmon is correctly referred to as Chinook, but others call it Tyee, Chub, Hook Bill (for males), Winter Salmon, and Blackmouth. It is an anadromous fish, meaning it makes regular migrations whether daily or annual with distance ranging from several meters to a thousand. The king salmon typically have blue green hue with silvery sides. From juvenile and entering the ocean habitat it changes hues, first from dark blotched green then to dark blue green. But how did the King Salmon earned the name,  King?

While typically averaging 10 to 50 pounds, some King Salmon could very well exceed 100 pounds. The first world record for the King Salmon was 126 pounds, a commercial catch near Petersburg Alaska. A more subsequent effort was made by Mr. Lester Anderson, and he caught a 97 pounds King Salmon over at Kenai River in 1985. Immediately after that event, thousands of anglers, pros and regulars now clamored up on boat expeditions and charters bound to Alaska’s fishing grounds to try their luck and mettle on landing a 100 pounder King.

King Salmon deserved to be called The King; it doesn’t easily. As soon as it senses the line it won’t give slack. At most it will try to circle or even go berserk often seizing the rod away from astonished anglers who thought they can manhandle the King.

King Salmons are fiery combatants, so managing the lines could make the biggest difference in taking down the King. Taking the best gear and knowing the best techniques in landing down the King Salmon always ensures a successful fishing. And of course, Alaska is still the best place for any King Salmon fishing, guarantees always a rewarding trip.

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So where to you start for your Alaska King Salmon fishing? I suggest heading out to the Waterfall Resort. There they hold the Annual $100,000 King of Kings Salmon Tournament. You might join in this tournament if you are interested in Alaska King Salmon fishing. Most pros head here just to take part on the annual competition. This competition however is only available to guests of the resort.

There are also other venues where you can get a healthy Alaska king salmon fishing atmosphere. Like at the Alaska Rainbow Lodge at Bristol Bay. Its one of the premier fishing lodges in Alaska and it doesn’t take you far away to those fishing grounds you seek. Or if you wish you can directly book at the riverside cabins along the Kenai River at Sterling. Now that is personalized Alaska King Salmon fishing adventure, with the fishing grounds right at your doorstep.

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Anchorage Accommodations

Sometimes called The City of Lights and Flowers, Anchorage has been referred to this name because of its thousands of buildings outlined and decorated by tiny white lights throughout winter and its magnificent displays of flowers in the summer. You can find in the downtown of Anchorage along the streets and sidewalks, four hundred twenty five baskets of bright gold triploid marigold soaked with sprawling azure lobelia. The city of Anchorage blossoms with vivacious color during the late spring and summer. Today it has many features of a modern urban area such as theaters, skiing, business and commerce, parks and forests, bike and city trails, and many other forms of entertainment which has made it a great place to visit and has made it tourist industry strong.

Anchorage accommodations are also not a problem and offer a wide array of accommodations from inns, bed and breakfast, cabins, lodges, to luxurious hotels. Whatever type of Anchorage accommodation you may be looking for, you will definitely find in this place. Some of the well known Anchorage accommodations are:

Hilton Garden Inn Anchorage

One of Anchorage accommodations were you’ll find great amenities and luxurious rooms is the Hilton Garden Inn which is located in the middle of Anchorage’s business district about only three miles from Ted Stevens International Airport and three miles from downtown area. The guestrooms of this hotel are well selected and spacious that comes with spacious work area with free high-speed internet access, two speakerphones with dataports and two lines for the complete convenience of business travelers. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center.

Hotel Captain Cook Anchorage

If you’re looking for a four star premium hotel Anchorage accommodations with class, then you’ll find it at Hotel Captain Cook. This hotel is Alaska’s only member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and is located just minutes from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. This deluxe hotel offers a wide array of world-class amenities including a separate women’s and men’s full service athletic club and spa facilities, fully equipped business center, and a 24-hour full menu room service. The guest rooms are selected with style and comfort, and include fashionable amenities like duvets and down pillows, wireless web TV, and luxurious robes. Their junior suites are large with sleeping and living room areas, many of which offer two bathrooms, refrigerators and stunning views. Within the hotel are three separate restaurants and lounges, indoor swimming pool, massage therapists and sunbeds. The city’s best walking and biking trails are just steps from the hotel’s front door.

Best Western Golden Lion Anchorage

This tourist class hotel is one of Anchorage accommodations that is located just five miles from Ted Stevens Airport and is situated on the corner of the New Seward Highway and 36th Avenue. Nearby attractions include Alaska Experience Theatre, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage City Trolley Tours, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and Alaska Scenic Rail Tour. This two diamond star hotel has comfortable guest rooms offering the Chugach Range and Chugach State Park views. The Golden Lion Lounge will liven up your evenings with live music, dance lessons and sport programming.

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Royal Caribbean Alaska Cruise

Are you from a tropical country who have been yearning to step into a region covered with ice? The Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise is definitely great news for you. Aside from the fact that there is a probability that you will be able to witness humongous humpback whales that juts out of the cold water, you will be on board power boats that will offer amenities and facilities provided for in a five- star hotel.

A Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise can be on board different vessels such as Serenade of the Seas, Vision of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.

Serenade of the Seas has an itinerary of either seven nights or thirteen nights stay. The luxury liner will visit San Francisco in California, British Columbia, Seattle in Washington and San Diego in California as well as the places right in the state like Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Sitka. This gigantic boat has staterooms called Interior which is 165 square feet big, Oceanview which is 170 square feet big, Balcony which is 179 square feet big and Deluxe which is 293 square feet big. The cheapest rate starts at $949 while the most expensive charge is $2, 349.

Vision of the Seas has an itinerary of either seven nights or nine nights stay. The luxury liner will visit Vancouver in British Columbia, Seattle in Washington and Prince Rupert in British Columbia as well as the places right in the state like Juneau, Tracy Arm Fjord and Skagway. This gigantic boat that is among the Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise has staterooms called Interior which is 135 square feet big, Oceanview which is 154 square feet big, Balcony which is 195 square feet big and Deluxe which is 241 square feet big. The cheapest rate starts at $599 while the most expensive charge is at $2, 299.

Radiance of the Seas has an itinerary of either seven nights or fourteen nights stay. The luxury liner will visit San Francisco in California, British Columbia, Seattle in Washington, Astoria in Oregon and Los Angeles in California as well as the places right in the state like Juneau, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Skagway. This gigantic boat has staterooms called Interior which is 165 square feet big, Oceanview which is 170 square feet big, Balcony which is 179 square feet big and Deluxe which is 293 square feet big. The cheapest rate starts at $749 while the most expensive charge is not yet available.

What are you waiting for? Delay no longer; reserve your Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise before all are fully- booked. Log on to their website at www.royalcaribbean.com for more information.

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Alaska Adventure Tour

Dreaming of Alaska adventure tour? Want to explore Alaska the way the adventure addicts do? Want to see the glaciers, the famous Kenai River, or the Alpine in Alaska? Ready for a whitewater rafting, canoeing, hiking, ice climbing, dog sledding, and everything Alaska? If your answer to these questions is highly affirmative, then there’s no reason for you not to consider an Alaska adventure tour.

Alaska adventure tour is available throughout the country and the world. Yes, a number of adventure travel companies are currently considering this kind of service knowing that thousands of people, from all walks of life, are wishing to explore Alaska the way the adventure trekkers do. Travel companies are also offering Alaska adventure tours knowing that the country is worth visiting and exploring, with all the spectacular beauty it offers.

Now, if you have plans for taking an Alaska adventure tour and you are serious with it, I bet you would be happy to know some of the most well-recognized adventure travel companies that are currently offering quality services for your Alaska adventure tour. These companies are actually operating not only offline, but also online knowing that more and more adventure trekkers are considering the Internet as a useful tool for finding everything about Alaska and its adventure tours. A few of these travel companies are mentioned below, so please read on.

Alaska Outdoors  Adventure Tours

Alaska Outdoors is in the first place a travel company that specializes in camping and multi-sport adventure tours travel to some of Alaska is most spectacular parks and protected areas. Their camping and multi-sport adventure tours are usually considered in small groups, but with professional guides. Aside from that, the company does not require experience from their guests to participate in any of the camping and multi-sport adventure tours that are offered on the trips. The chance for you to participate highly depends on the itinerary you’ve chosen, as well as to the activities you wish to attend.

Get Up and Go! Alaska Adventure Tours

Get Up and Go! Tours is but another well-known company that caters Alaska adventure tours for those who wish to experience a new taste of Alaska. This company currently offers multi-sport hiking, family and custom Alaska adventure tours that are highly affordable. The tours are guided by professionals who do more than just showing you what Alaska is, but helping you to enjoy and be challenged for everything that Alaska has to offer. And, perhaps what’s great about this company is that they do not only offer great outdoor activities, but some sorts of wildlife viewing opportunities, and even natural history briefings. All of these are offered to enrich your Alaska adventure tour experience.

A lot more companies offering adventure travel tours in Alaska are available out there for you to consider. The best way to find them is to search for them online where hundreds of travel sites are offering services for your ultimate Alaska adventure tour.

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Alaska Angler Fishing Charters: Perfect for Angling Enthusiasts

A lot of people are getting more and more fascinated with spending some time outdoors during their spare time. There are many forms of outdoor experiences that are very much enjoyable but perhaps one of the most thrilling and fulfilling ones is fishing that is spent with your friends as well as your love ones.

Alaska, perhaps, is one of the most abundant countries in the world, as far as salmon and other fish species is concerned. That is why, there is a certain team that basically deals with Alaska fishing and angling. The Alaska Angler Fishing Charters, that is located in Homer, Alaska, generally provides the very best of halibut fishing all across the globe, on practically anytime of the year, especially if king salmon fishing is involved. Aside from that, this Alaska angler team also provides other fishing activities, depending on what fish species are in season. This team specializes basically for Ling Cod, Salmon, and Halibut fishing. There are a lot of trips that are offered in groups of six up to fourteen people.

The Alaska Angler team is very much concerned with their clients, with its number one concern, the safety of their customers. The boat they are using, called the Sea Hawk is considered a complete walk around Delta. The Sea Hawk, also inspected by the Coast Guard, has fully exceeded it mandatory safety requirement because it generally complied the Coast Guards highest levels the Five Star Program. Furthermore, this Alaska Angler team provides services with professional guides, to complete the top of the line and state of the art fishing equipments used. The Sea Hawk is also composed of a twin Cummin diesel, thus making it at it top speed without compromising the safety of the passengers. During the course of the fishing, the Alaska angler team normally starts from the Cook Inlet Halibut. The clients are given the options to decide to spend a day at the Inlet while searching for its own catch, or spend some parts of the day by doing some Salmon fishing. For fishing experiences, the Alaska angler team has at least thirty-two fish species of Ling Cod and Rockfish. The team makes it a point that they meet the demands of their clients, so they could meet their expectations. Aside from that, the Alaska angler team also provides cleaning and gearing the catch of their clients, perfect enough for them to take home.

If you wish to spend the great outdoors in Alaska, get in touch with the Alaska Angler Fishing Charters. They have the best equipments, the friendliest team, and the perfect location for you to fully satisfy your passion for fishing. You can go over the Internet and learn more about what the team has to offer. There are a number of tour packages that you can choose from. By then, you can really look forward to for a great and fulfilling weekend outdoor experience with your friends and family.

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Alaska Moose Hunt

Alaskan Yukon Moose, the largest of the moose family, with some of the record class trophies coming from this area. Over the past 13 years, we have placed in the top three 14 times in Alaska’s APHA/SCI awards program. Here at the TSIU Lodge we strive in taking 60 inches or better with our largest reaching 80 inches. If someone was to ask me what the chances are of achieving a trophy class moose, I would say, yes the genetics are there.

Moose season is from September 1 through September 20 in the area we hunt. This area has a moderate population of Moose with very good genetics. R&R Hunting takes no more than 6 hunters a year, with an 85% success rate over the last three years. Since 2007 the average greatest spread has been in excess of 60 inches with several in the high sixty and low seventy-inch range.

Single species Moose hunts are 10 hunting days with a travel day on each end. As with all of our hunts, relocating from one spike camp to another during your Moose hunt is just part of the service we provide. Once a Moose is taken, packers are brought in to get him out.

Moose hunts will cost $18,000 (USD) in 2011. Round trip flights from Anchorage to our base camp, or license and tags, are not included in this price.

Alaska Moose hunting is a lot more than most individuals bargain for. Apart from being one of the most impressive big game species on the earth, they are intelligent animals, weighing up to 1800 pounds, and standing around seven feet at the shoulder. Racks can go 77 inches, although 60 inches is considered very respectable. Simply seeing one of these magnificent animals up close is worth all the effort it can take to hunt them.

Most of this effort comes from the wet, nasty, marsh type country they inhabit. Regardless of whether the bulls are in the foothills, or the swamps, the country is likely to be choked with alder, willow, and every other imaginable obstacle, not to mention the water, and the ever present mud that lives to suck the hip boots right off your feet.

I prefer to hunt moose after the first of September (when the rut gets underway), and calling with a lot of scraping is one of our prime strategies, since this can often bring an individual into close range, and sometimes this is the only option if the country is very thick, and visibility limited. Calling is one of the best techniques for archery hunts also. If you are a rifle hunter we suggest 300 Win MAG or larger, such as .338 Win. Magnum and up, using high quality bullets, such as Winchester Fail Safe, or Swift A-Frames, or the Barnes X bullets. Although moose are not notoriously difficult to put down, it is expedient to put then down swiftly, and on the spot, if possible and not shoot them in the hump on the back.

Game Management Unit 6 and19 provides an opportunity to hunt moose in the remote Alaska wilderness, over 200 miles east and west of Anchorage. The country is timbered up to the 2,500 ft. level and the hunting is spot and stalk in most areas, with calling being used as the season progresses. Moose density is fair to good, with predation being heavier in the unit over the past decade, but trophy quality can be exceptional. The season runs Sept. 1th through the 30th.

Moose /Caribou drop camp list 5 – 7 days

  • Framed backpack
  • Folding saw with bone blade
  • Rifle with 20 – 30 rounds of ammo
  • Binoculars
  • First aid kit  aspirin, antacid  Band-Aids, moleskin, Etc
  • Knives/sharpener
  • Good sleeping bag and pad (recommend down to Zero or -10 degree bag)
  • Hip boots – i.e. Cabela’s “Dry-Plus Breathable Waders” in waist-high stocking foot
  • Clip-on suspenders for waist-high waders
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Camera w/ extra batteries
  • Water bottle (with filter if you desire)
  • Insect Repellent (100% Deet)
  • Stocking hat/gloves
  • Top Quality Rain Gear – i.e. Helly Hansen Impertech
  • Camp Shoes (insulated leather boots)
  • 1 pair insulated hunting pants
  • 1 pair non-insulated hunting pants – i.e. Cabela’s un-insulated Dry-Plus Pants
  • 2 pair top and bottom insulated underwear, med-heavy weight (DO NOT BRING COTTON)
  • Head net
  • Hunting License and Tags
  • 2 – 3 hunting shirts Heavy weight socks, 1 pair for each day (wool)
  • Heavy coat (with Gore-Tex)
  • Cotton Game Bags
  • Personal Toiletry Items
  • Handheld GPS unit – helpful for finding your way in the wilderness
  •  IRIDIUM Satellite Phone is recommended for Unguided Hunters (1 phone per group). Iridium is about the only satellite phone that works good above all over the state.
  • Batteries: Anything that you bring that requires batteries will require spares! Keep your batteries in something warm (like a wool sock) while you’re in the field – cold will drain the battery.
  • SOFT gun case. When you arrive in Anchorage you’ll be asked to take your rifles out of their hard cases for transportation into the field. If you’d like to keep them in a case, you’ll need to bring a soft case with you!

***** REMINDER: EACH HUNTER IS LIMITED TO 125 POUNDS OF GEAR EACH *****
(Doesn’t include the weight of your rifle)

FOOD AND GEAR RENTAL $750 .00 ON TOP OF PRICE

  • 1 6 Man Guide Model Tent
  • 5 #’s of Potatoes
  • Candy/Granola Bars
  • 1 Stove/4 One Pound Propane Bottles
  • 2 Loaves Bread
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • 2 Cots
  • 5 Onions
  • Hot Cocoa
  • 2 Chairs
  • Jar of Jelly & Coffee
  • 2 Rolls of Toilet Paper
  • Jar of Peanut Butter
  • Tea Bags
  • 1 Tarp Container
  • Cooking Oi
  • l Ramen soup
  • 1 Box Matches/Lighter
  • Gatorade/Kool-Aid
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Cook Set
  • Coffee Mate/Sugar
  • Seasonings
  • 4 Garbage Bags
  • Butter
  • 1 Lantern w/ Mantels
  • 2 Sets of Silverware, Plates, Bowls & Cups

Mountain House Provided for:
Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners & Desserts

  • 1 or 2 Collapsible Water Containers
  • 1 Roll Paper Towels
  • 1 Dish Soap
  • 10 Quart Size Ziploc Bags
  • 20’ Twine
  • 1 Coffee Pot
  • 4 Game Bags for Meat
  • 1 Basic First Aid Kit
  • Breakfasts include a variety of Oatmeal &
  • Scrambled Eggs (with & without Peppers).
  • Lunch/Dinners include a mixed variety of Chicken, Beef & Pork Entrees – and are DOUBLE servings
  • Desserts include a variety of Blueberry, Chocolate, Strawberry crumbles.

We ask that you please treat the gear as if it was your own, as others will need to rely on it as well. You will be required to pay for damaged/lost equipment.
Do not cook inside your tent. This can deplete oxygen and can damage the tent leaving you without shelter. Use of your camp stove to heat your tent can cause you to run out of propane. Bringing the proper gear will have you outfitted to be comfortable without wasting fuel in this manner.

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Alaska Brown Bear and Grizzly Hunts

 

The great Alaska Brown Bear is certainly one of the most sought after experiences in the hunting world, and the noble creatures are one of my favorite animals as an outfitter. Nothing quite stirs my heart and soul like the sight of a brown bear in the Alaska wilderness, and after our initial early season caribou hunts, brown bear becomes our primary focus for numerous reasons.

The Brown Bears naturally grow big. We have taken many 10 foot plus bears over the year with many skulls over 28 plus. We hunt Brown Bears April through May and September through October. Area permits each hunter to harvest one Brown each regulatory year, which does not count against the harvest of one (l) Brown every (4) years, like in other parts of Alaska.

Interior Grizzly Bears

We conduct hunts for interior Grizzly Bears two different times of the year. Spring hunts start in mid April and go through mid May. Bears are just emerging out of their dens, and are in relatively open country for snow tracking and spot and stalk hunting. This time of year still can be a little chilly, so an extra layer of clothes will be required at times. Our fall hunts are spot and stalk in areas with good berry crops, salmon streams, and Moose hunting areas. Our success rate in recent years has been about 75 to 80 percent, with most of the bears measuring between 7 1/2′ to 8 ‘.

Single species Grizzly hunts are 14 hunting days with a travel day on each end. The cost of this hunt is 2012 is $16,000 (USD). Round trip transportation from

Anchorage to base camp and return, or license and tag fees are not included.

BEAR CAMP – Kodiak, Alaska

Located just on the south end of Kodiak Island in game management area 8 near Olga Bay, lies some of the most prime brown bear habitat on Kodiak Island. It is also rich in salmon streams, and offers a high density of brown bear, as well as the highest concentration of Sitka black bear tail deer on all of Kodiak Island.

How to get there: From the East Coast to Anchorage via Northwest Airlines, for the Midwest and West Coast to Anchorage via American Airlines or Alaskan Airlines from Anchorage to Kodiak Island via ERS or Alaskan Airlines. I will book you air taxi for Kodiak City.
Services Furnished

Upon arrival at Base Camp: sleeping accommodations, all camp equipment,

snowshoes, and food and airplane transportation. Licensed guide for each hunter, field care and arrangements for shipment of all trophies from Base an

d hotel arrangements.

GEAR LIST For Spring Bear

Clothing:

  • 1 pair rain gear; I prefer stretchable PVC  type rain gear. Helly Hansen Impertech is what most of us personally wear. The key here is, easy to dry, and don’t worry about the noise. If you have Gore-Tex you are absolutely confident in then go for it, but nothing stops rain like pvc.
  • 2 pair of fleece, or synthetic pants-avoid heavyweight style (I use Cabalas’ Legacy Fleece and the Wind shear option is preferred in the Spring)
  • 1 down jacket or similar synthetic (essentially a good mid-weight warm layer) Avoid heavy winter style coats.
  • 1 fleece jacket, or pullover-mid weight (Cabalas’ Legacy Fleece or Microtex)
  • 2 thermal shirts, Duofold, Thermax are very good-midweight, or lighter; in my opinion they a simply the best.
  • 1-2 thermal bottoms, (Duofold midweight has two layers of material, 1 layer wool, and 1 of 100% thermax) you should be prepared for temps in the mid 50’s to mid teens with plenty of wind.
  • 3-5 top quality hiking socks, Thorlo’s Mountaineering sock are the best I have found to date. Cost around $17 per pair, but worth it. These are getting more difficult to find and they are fairly bulky for warmer weather or close fitting boots, so I am usually using Thorlo’s Coolmax Light Hiker. Do not, I repeat, do not skimp on socks, or try unfamiliar types for your hunt, buy the best and wear them before the hunt.
  • 1 pair of camp shoes-preferably something lightweight and hunting boots should be of the hiking, mountaineering type. I generally do not recommend anything from hunting outlet stores that pass average work boots off for “hunting boots.” Camouflage doesn’t make a boot tough! My personal recommendation is something by La Sportiva, Scarpa, Lowa, Asolo, or Koflach. I am currently using the La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX for sheep hunting and for spring bear. Bulky boots do not handle or perform well with snowshoes and there is always a good chance of being on snowshoes.
  • Snowshoes: We have Cabela’s Guide Model Snowshoes available to our clients, but if anyone wants something a step above I use and recommend the MSR Denali EVO with the optional tailpieces. They can be found at www.Campmor.com.
  • Backpacks: I am currently using the Mystery Ranch G 7000 that is made in Montana. Capacities for all packs should be 6,000 cu. in. or more. External frames with similar capacities can be used If necessary. Apart from the Mystery Ranch I would look to Dana Designs and Gregory.
  • 1 large pack cover-waterproof Sleeping bag – Currently I am using the Mont-Bell Super Stretch #2, which is a 25º bag and probably not warm enough for some folks. I use the extra long model and it weighs in at 1 lb. 15oz. and of course it is down. Most people will probably prefer a 0º to 15º bag. The Mont-Bell UltraLong Super Stretch #0 is rated at 0º and weighs in a wonderful 3 lb. 1 oz., while the #1 in the same product line is rated at 15º and weighs in at 2 lb. 7 oz. Long bags are recommended if you are 6’ or taller. Synthetic bags rated between 0º to 20º degrees are fine as well, but a bag weighing 5 lb. is simply not the way to go. Please spend the money and keep your bag under 3.5 lb.
  • Therma-rest self inflating pads are great, and I use the Pro-Lite 4. If full length pads are used they should be the models no wider than 20”s
  • 1 hat, and fleece facemask or similar.
  • Gloves-wool, or any waterproof glove is good, although neoprene tends to sweat, and gets clammy. Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters for spring hunts come in handy when snowshoeing, few other brands compare.

Miscellaneous Gear:

  • Knives-avoid overweight Rambo knives. Small capping type knives are preferred.
  • Gun oil and maintenance tools. Critical tools to dismantle rifle in the field may save the day. Minimal weight is the key.
  • GSI Outdoors Lexan® 32 oz. Fairshare Mug and additional small cup for coffee, etc.
  • Nalgene water bottles, at least 1, 32 ounce bottle
  • Spoon
  • Washcloth, towel-lightweight, soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, razor if you are so inclined.
  • Packaged moist towelettes (baby wipes) are great for freshening up. Small bottle of shampoo, etc.
  • Flashlight-small LED headlamp, or similar. Headlamps are certainly preferred. I use a Petzl Myo XP LED.
  • First aid-prescriptions, ibuprofen, gel blister pads.
  • MSR Mini-Works – Water purifiers are recommended if you have concerns about giardia and the State of Alaska recommends their use in all waterways. Binoculars-8×40 minimum, but 10×42, or 10×50 are best, higher grade glasses permit longer viewing with less eye strain, which brings better results in the long run-don’t skimp if you are purchasing for the first time.
  • Spotting scope is optional, but recommended if you are going to constantly want to look through your guide’s scope.
  • Laser rangefinder is optional, as guides pack one.
  • Rifles and cartridges should be discussed prior to the hunter’s arrival. 20 rounds of Ammo should be sufficient, but 30 is not too much.
  • Length of nylon rope has many uses.
  • Emergency space blanket, -Thermo-Lite® Emergency Bivy Sack by Adventure Medical Please do not bring the small aluminum foil type that fit in a shirt pocket  Camp Time Roll-up Pack Stool® or REI Trail Chair or similar. Invaluable when glassing for hours.
  • Sunglasses, Sun block

Weight:

  • Individuals need to keep their gear at 50 pounds max, excluding rifle, due to load constrictions on chartered flights.
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