Personal Gear & Clothing Recommendations

Since the weather in Alaska is unpredictable and highly changeable we are offering the following suggestions:

Binoculars of good quality are important on your hunt. They will be carried and used daily. Medium-sized binoculars are preferable for carrying and offer a good compromise between larger 7x5O glasses and the mini-size glasses. Binoculars 7x35, 8x3O, 9x3O, and 10x40 we find best.

Digital cameras are recommended along with chargers for recharging batteries. This can be done at our camp. A nylon stuffsack for your camera and film is also useful.

Sunglasses are a must and important due to sun and snow.

cabin viewRifles for our big game hunts should be outfitted with good quality mounts and scopes. Calibers should be appropriate for species hunted. 270, 7mm, and 30 caliber cartridges we think best for sheep, caribou, black bear and like animals. For Grizzly, Brown bear and moose, 30 caliber rifles and larger medium bores such as the 338, 358, and 375 are excellent. We prefer bolt action rifles, especially a rifle that a client has used on prior hunts and is familiar with, and advise doing as much pre-hunt practice as possible. We recommend 60 rounds of ammunition per rifle, all rounds being the same bullet weight. It is also a good idea to bring a spare scope and mounts rather than a spare rifle. We have at all times a spare rifle or rifles at our camps should one be needed.

All rifles are checked and shot upon your arrival at our camps before your hunt begins. Rigid gun cases should be left in Anchorage and the rifle transported from Anchorage to the camps in your soft case to conserve room in your aircraft. There is no need for our clients to bring shotguns for birdshooting during the course of our big game hunts.

Necessary footwear should include ankle fit hipboots, and a comfortable pair of leather hiking boots with vibrarn soles. The anklefit hipboots are used more during our hunts than the other footwear. This is because of the necessity of frequent stream crossings and wet areas in the hunting terrain. Two pair of rubber or felt insoles are necessary.

Raingear should include a good quality light-weight 3/4 length parka with hood and rainpants.  We prefer the parka as it is used with hipboots and suffices without the rainpants at times. A rainsuit is also suitable. Medium weight or lightweight raingear in camouflage, green, or gray colors works well.

Clothing should be transported in soft duffel bags. Please do not bring hard suitcases. Also, we would appreciate you limiting your gear to two duffel bags.  Both wool and polypropylene garments are excellent. Combinations of wool outer garments with polypropylene undergarments are our tested choice. Neutral colors are best for outer garments. No fluorescent clothing is required for hunting in Alaska.

Recommended Gear & Clothing List

1 pair binoculars
Digital camera
Flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries
Sunglasses
1 pr. cotton gloves
1 pr. leather palmed wool gloves
Rifle with 60 rounds ammunition
Gun cleaning gear
1 pr. hiking boots with vibram soles
1 pr. camp slippers (indoor/outdoor)
2 pr. lightweight long underwear
1 down or polypropylene vest
1 lightweight wool or polypropylene shirt
2 heavyweight wool or polypropylene shirts
1 lightweight parka or hunting coat
T-shirts & shorts
10 pr. socks

Shower shoes
Handkerchiefs
1 pr. wool or polypropylene trousers
2 pr.  Levi's
1 towel and washcloth
1 pr. anklefit hip boots with 2 pr. of insoles
Extra duffel bag(s)
Soft gun case(s)
1 medium or large day pack
Wool or polypropylene cap
1 brimmed cap or hat
Knife with sharpener
Liquor
Personal toilet articles/medicines
1 good quality 3/4 length rain parka with rain pants
Hunting license, tags & harvest report cards

 

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All gear listed can be purchased in Anchorage, Alaska. Sleeping bags are provided for our clients on all our Interior hunts. Clients provide their own sleeping bags for Spring and late Fall hunts in Southeastern Alaska.

A hunter on the Sheep hunt may take a Caribou or Black Bear for an additional $2,500.00. This fee is payable only if the trophy is taken. Trophy tags for these species must be purchased before the hunt begins.

Takeoff point for our Spring hunts in Southeastern Alaska is Yakutat. Our Fall hunts in the Interior originate from Anchorage. We will arrange the charters for your flights to our camps. Air charter expenses are the clients responsibility.

Care of Trophies

All trophies are properly skinned, fleshed, and salt dried at our hunting camps.  Please bring an extra duffel bag(s) so that your horns, capes, and skins can be taken with you as additional baggage.  Any required crating and freight for trophies is at hunter's expense.  Game meat transported with clients is limited to available space on the client's chartered aircraft.  Any other charter expense is the client's responsibility.

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Memberships

Alaska Professional Hunters Association • NRA Life Member • Ducks Unlimited

Safari Club International • National Federation of Independent Businesses