As the popularity of hunting grows, people tend to find as many locations for hunting as possible. Therefore, Alaska has proved to be one of the best locations for hunters to find their own trophy. With a wide variety of wildlife, Alaska has become the dream of many hunters. However, compared to other hunting grounds, there are a lot of things you need to consider in your preparation due to the huge differences in the hunting environment. As such, hunting in Alaska is not for beginners who do not know what to prepare.
With that in mind, we have collected all the tips that can help you to start hunting in Alaska.
- First of all, you need to understand that hunting in Alaska requires a lot of physical effort compared to normal hunting grounds. In other word, if you want to hunt effectively in Alaska, you will need to push yourself 200 percent instead of 100 percent like hunting in normal hunting locations. There is a reason for you to put more physical effort while hunting here. As you may know, Alaska is extremely large with not too many road miles.
In fact, from your drop off point, you will have to walk miles after miles of dirt trail in order to get to your hunting location. In addition, since Alaska is a rocky area, once in a while you are going to have to climb up and down the mountain as well. Despite the mountain is not high enough to put any kinds of challenges for beginner hunter, doing it again and again still demands a lot of strength and endurance from the hunter. Therefore, hunting in Alaska is more like you have your own adventure through the wild, rather than normal hunting that most hunters have experience with.
- It does not stop there. Even if you are lucky enough that you do not have to climb up and down the mountain in order to get to your hunting ground, there are still problems ahead. When you manage to gun your prey down, you will need to bring it back to your camp. A normal moose (a prey that is widely popular in Alaska) is weighted over 200 kilos. Bring your trophy back can be a huge problem, especially if you have to walk a long way back from your hunting ground to your camp. Hunting is not easy, is it? The hard work always begins when you killed your prey
- As we have stated above, hunting in Alaska is very physically demanding. Therefore, it is advisable for you to get into your best physical condition before the actual hunt. The best way to do this is to talk to a doctor or to a personal trainer who can help you get into shape in order to have a good, safe and enjoyable hunt. At least, you must be able to carry weights around in order for you to carry your pack bag and your trophy back and forth from your camp to your hunting location. The most ideal time for you to start to practice for your hunt in Alaska is around 4 to 6 months before your hunting season. In addition to the help from personal trainer, you can also practice by yourself. You can do small activities such as swimming, cycling, etc… everyday to help you increase your strength as well as endurance. The more preparation you make in this phase of the hunt, the better your actual hunt will be.
- In addition to the physical preparation, you need a specific strategy for your hunt as well. As mentioned above, Alaska is a large place accompanied by challenging terrain. Therefore, it is not wise for any hunters, beginners or veterans alike, to wander around aimlessly. In your plans, you should take weather as one of the most important factors. Weather has a huge impact on how your hunt will entail. If you underestimate the weather, your hunt will be a huge failure at least or a fatal one at worst.
- Last but definitely not least, you have to be realistic. Hunting in Alaska is hard, so you should prepare for going home empty-handed.