Alaska Hunt Planning
Alaska Hunt Planning: Getting Started
There are many ways to plan an Alaska hunt, but the information you gather is pretty much the same no matter what door you come through at the beginning. Here are some common beginning points, together with the steps that follow.
Alaska Hunt Planning: The Timeline
If you live in a remote Alaska village, it's conceivable that you could load your rifle onto your ATV, snowmachine or pickup and be glassing a herd of caribou within the hour. But for most of us, planning an Alaska big-game hunt involves much more planning than that.
Alaska Hunt Planning: The Location
Inexperienced Alaska hunters often make the mistake of thinking that hunt planning is all about location. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Anyone who has stood knee-deep in a river next to a skilled angler who was landing one fish after another while everyone else went home skunked knows that there are four legs to the stool:
Color Infrared Photos
It is possible to fly the entire state of Alaska from the fourth floor of the Federal Courthouse in downtown Anchorage. Some years ago, the BLM undertook a massive project to photograph the state of Alaska with color infrared film from high-altitude aircraft.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Biologists
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Wildlife Conservation has divided the state up into five regions, listed below. Each region is further divided up into Game Management Units and Subunits. Game Management Units and Subunits are grouped together under an Area Biologist, who is responsible for researching and monitoring game populations in their area, proposing regulatory changes in order to achieve management objectives, and interfacing with the public. The purpose of this page is to provide you with the contact information for the biologist assigned to your area of interest.
Hunt Planning Resource People
One of the most important components of Alaska hunt planning is knowing where to go for reliable information. A good rule of thumb is to go to the right people, with the right questions, at the right time. Let's look at some of the resources available to you, and what sort of information you can expect from each.