1. On the equipment list you have included ankle fitting hip boots. What are these and do I really need them? And where can I buy them?
Yes, you need them. We start out in hip boots every day, and ankle fit is a must. We never know when we are on final stalk we may need to cross a creek or bog area. For late hunts, insulated hip boots are best, early hunts should be non-insulated. We recommend LaCrosse/Big Chief as they are all rubber tops and bottoms. Neoprene tops are too flimsy and are more difficult to hang and dry out when wet. Canvas is too noisy in the brush. Cabelas makes a similar boot in two models—ultimate contour hip boot and the Comfort Trac Hip Boot (new). Sportsmans Warehouse in Anchorage carries the Lacrosse
2. What caliber rifle do you recommend?
My personal all round Alaska caliber is the .300 Winchester Magnum. Something similar, that you shoot well is best. 4x-12x variable rifle scope should be used, or similar. I personally recommend Leopold as they are tried and true proven in Alaska.
3. Do you hunt with horses?
Yes. We have a herd of apx. 18 horses in a wide variety of sizes and breeds. The horses are used by lots of different people with a variety of skill level or lack there of. They are generally very gentle and accommodating. We always try to match people specifically to their horse in accordance with their size and skill level. Horses are a very unique and nostalgic way to hunt Alaska and their functional benefits are evident.
4. Do I need to bring a pack?
Yes. When not on horseback, a good size daypack is recommended for carrying your personal gear. Pack frames are not needed.
5. What type of sleeping bag should I bring?
It's best to have a colder weather rated bag and leave it open than be cold. Sleeping bags with a Zero degree or colder rating are best.
6. What type of rain gear do you recommend?
Rain gear is a must on any hunt in Alaska. I personally recommend the Helley Hansen Impertech in a guide coat (3/4 length) if you can find it. LL bean also makes a good lightweight ¾ length coat. You may want to consider adding rain pants to keep your butt dry in the saddle (light weight). Most important is ¾ length puts the rain drip below the top of your boots.
7. Where should I buy my hunting license and big game tags?
For your convenience we sell license and tags at the Lodge.
8. Do you guarantee that I will be successful in taking the animal I am hunting?
It is illegal to make any guarantees as to success of harvest on any big game animal hunts in Alaska. There are so many variables, including weather, hunters' physical condition/shooting abilities and quality of animal hunted.
9. What are your hunting camps like?
We are the largest guide customer for the Dept. of Natural resources (DNR) in the state of Alaska for permitted camps. Our camps are all permitted as cabins, with only 2 of them still being 14X16 wall tents with plywood floors, bunks, foam sleeping pads, wood stoves and cooking area.
10. What kind of weather can I expect during my hunt?
Alaska is tough and weather can be a big factor. You can count on losing hunting time in Alaska due to weather. Our hunts are 10-15 day hunts for this reason.
11. Should I bring a spotting scope and binoculars?
Your guide will have good quality binoculars and a spotting scope. It is not necessary for you to have a scope, but Binoculars are one of your most important pieces of equipment. We recommend 10 power optics, and the best quality you can afford. Our hunts are spot and stalk and you will spend many hours glassing for just the right trophy.
12. Who takes care of my trophies and how do I get them home?
All trophies are field prepped by your guide, and this takes time after the animal is harvested. Your guide will turn ears/nose and lips, field flesh and salt your hides and capes. Included in your charter fee is getting your trophies (not meat) back to Anchorage. It is then picked up by an expediter to finish prep and arrange shipping to your taxidermist or requested final destination. This is a cost you will have to incur and varies with size and type of trophy. It can be expensive, but is part of the cost of hunting in Alaska.