Good planning is key for successfully hunting in Alaska.
Huge moose and vast caribou herds dominate the landscape in some areas of Alaska. Large numbers of wolves, black bears, grizzly and brown bears are found throughout the state. The mountain ranges support populations of Dall sheep and mountain goats, and Sitka black-tailed deer. Muskox range over the western and arctic coastal wilderness. However, game densities are lower than most other states and provinces. This makes finding a good Outfitter key to successfully hunting in Alaska.
What you’ll need for hunting in Alaska:
- A Safe, Vetted Outfitter – Talk with your hunting consultant to determine the best areas, outfitters and times to hunt the species you seek.
- Alaska Hunting/Fishing License – Can be purchased online at www.adfg.alaska.gov.
- Know the Laws – Familiarize yourself with the Alaska hunting regulations and carry a copy with you into the field.
- Quality Gear – Purchase reliable equipment, and practice with it ahead of time.
- Proper Preparation and Expectations – Be prepared physically and mentally for tough weather, difficult terrain conditions, isolation, and weather delays… these are all normal.
- Trip Insurance – Alaska is a hard place, things not going according to plan is normal. Many hunters find it best to plan for at least 10 to 15 days when hunting in Alaska. This is due mostly to weather. Insuring your hunt is vital! Get you a free trip insurance quote.
We suggest you listen to this podcast where Russ Meyer talks about his hunting experiences in the Arctic and what he has learned about hunting there for caribou and moose. It’s especially interesting to hear how he plans his gear and preparation.