Archive for alaska

.45 ACP vs. Brown Bear

Jim Landress of Sterling, Alaska, used a $200 Hi-Point .45 ACP pistol to defend his home against a 450-pound brown bear.

July 31, 2014

Bear Interrupts American Legion Baseball Game

A black bear caused a minor delay at a baseball game in Juneau, Alaska, earlier this week.

June 18, 2014

RMEF Grants Support Alaska Elk Research and Hunting Heritage

The 2013 grants provided by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation total $41,550, helping communities across Alaska.

September 03, 2013

Do Coyotes Kill Mature Deer?

By Jeff Johnston

Many of my friends in the online hunting community received an email forward recently that shows two scrawny coyotes attacking and killing a mature, healthy-looking whitetail buck. There was also another one of a cougar killing a big buck near a deer feeder. So this led many people to proclaim the opposite of what we usually hear from anti-hunters and armchair biologists: that predators prey on only the weak, old or sick animals. This email seems to lend credibility to disproving the following myth:

December 27, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska Part 5

It was rainy, it was cold and the clock was ticking. The end of our hunt was looming too fast. What made it worse was that Andrew and I had botched opportunities at bears we should have had.

June 22, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 4

You’ve heard it’s always darkest right before the dawn? Well … not this time. The darkest came our fifth day out when a fierce storm swept in from the Pacific bringing torrential rain and gale winds up around 50 mph. The Ruffinit bounced like a cork and swung wildly on its anchor line. Repeatedly the skiffs nearly swamped in the vicious chop and the guides had to battle to keep them pumped out. Though nowhere near “Deadliest Catch” turbulent, the storm was an amazing spectacle of nature’s power even in those sheltered waters.

June 20, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 3

Our floating “camp” was like nothing else I’d ever experienced. With eight men aboard, living space in the Rufinit’s cabin was elbow-room tight. But in fact it was way more comfortable than that might sound, and we soon assumed a practical “flow” that allowed all of us to move around at will. Because it was mostly rainy and cool and at times quite windy, being able to get inside and get our gear dry was a real luxury compared to tent camping. We had heat, lights, a bathroom/shower, even a flat-screen HD monitor for watching movies. Cook Tom Jennen (Greg’s cousin) proved to be a comfort-food wizard, cranking out meatloaf, ham, mashed potatoes, biscuits, etc., and so it even had the feel of a visit to Grandma’s house. I was one of the lucky ones who got a bunk to sleep on, a cozy little slot in the bow with a mattress and its own reading light. It was lots better than sleeping on the ground, and the roll of the tide made me sleep like a tired old hound.

June 17, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska, Part 2

Just getting out to hunt was a bit of a production, what with hip boots, rainwear and all the usual gear, and then into the skiffs and off we’d go. Because our attention focused almost exclusively on open shoreline areas where bears could be spotted, it involved quite a bit of waiting and watching for big trophy boars to poke their heads out of the heavy timber. And while we did see some good bears that way, all were on the move and gone before we could close in for a crack at them. We also spotted potential shooters from the Ruffinit and while cruising in the skiffs, but they wouldn’t stand still long enough either. There were several likely spots—coves, lagoons and little inlets—close by and so when one place got stale or the wind switched, we could pull up anchor and motor on to another.

June 14, 2011

Brown Bear Adventure in Alaska

Part One

June 13, 2011

Montana Bowhunter Injured by Grizzly

If hunters could hunt burgeoning populations of fearless grizzly bears, the headline above could be reversed.

September 17, 2010

Idaho To Fight No Wolf Hunt Decision

After a successful 2009 hunt that reduce wolf populations to healthy levels and raised revenue, a judge called off the hunt. But Idaho fires back.

August 20, 2010

Plea Agreement for Man Who Fed Wild Bears

Charlie Vandergaw pleads guilty to eight counts of illegally feeding game.

April 08, 2010

Candice Berner Killed; Wolves Suspected ...

It's and tragic (and rare) when a human is killed by a wild animal. But it's ridiculous when greenies are unable to believe it.

March 17, 2010