In the 1800s, Europeans from southern and central climes, often hunted animals to obtain only the head or pelt as a display of their own prowess, with the rest of the animal being wasted. In North America at that time, hunting was primarily done to supplement food supplies. Sport hunting later saw the evolution of safari type hunting and began spreading to more exotic areas; Africa, India, and other places in pursuit of trophies. An unregulated period of time passed wherein animals were hunted by use of unfair flushing with airplanes, etc… and with overly high powered weaponry. This stigma still clings to trophy hunting today despite the fact that these methods have been discontinued. But the fact is, that hunting has long been a rite of passage into manhood throughout time and surveys of hunters indicate that their appreciation for life, their compassion for animals, and a reverence for nature has all come from their experiences hunting wild game, Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, and Nelson Mandela, to name a few avid hunters.
Modern trophy hunting has been regulated to remove unsportsmanlike methods of animal harassment to flush out the game. The edible portions of the animals are consumed by the hunter or shared with the local inhabitants and fees are contributed to the local economy. The hunting is considered a valuable means of population control of some species and wildlife management as well as reducing the yearly population, allowing the existing population to have enough resources to grow and thrive. More shelter becomes available to the animals when their numbers aren’t allowed to get unmanageable.
Some of the most beautiful and exciting trophies are to be found in Alaska. The weather and landscape will make for an incredible experience to any hunter from novice to the seasoned veteran. Unguided hunts in Alaska today exist for caribou hunts, muskox, moose, polar bear, black bear, wolves, Dall’s sheep, mountain goat, deer, elk, plains bison, waterfowl and grizzlies.
Of course hunting regulations will dictate when each species may be hunted, but many of the big game species make long migrations between their seasonal ranges in Alaska. Hunt and Fish Alaska’s knowledge and careful planning will lead to successful hunting for your once in a lifetime experience.
You will want to be prepared in your knowledge of field dressing and meat packaging on an unguided hunt, as well as prepared for the climate you will encounter. Preparation and information only lend themselves to a better, more successful experience.
Know what to expect from Big Game Hunting in Alaska. When hunting in Alaska,
don’t just assume you know what to expect. Research and write down your itinerary.
For more information on Alaska Hunting Regulations (rules, licensing, and site maps) you can check these links:
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