Alaska Bear Hunting 2014

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Alaska Bear Hunting 2014

Starting to dial in my hunting plans for the upcoming 2014 Alaska bear season. Harvesting one of these beautiful animals takes a large amount of homework, a serious amount of physical/mental stamina, and a bit of luck. Over the years I have found several great DIY locations to find bears coming out of their dens. South facing mountain slopes have provided the majority of success on past bear hunts, this year will be no different.

Keep grinding out there you DIY’ers.. This year should be better than ever for those dedicated individuals willing to put in the time to find a brute nasty boar.

Good hunting Alaskans!

Grizzly Bear Hunting 2013

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Grizzly Bear Hunting 2013

Harvested a grizzly bear that broke into my families cabin. The bear came to the cabin while Vince P and I were field processing our downed moose. After a long day of dealing with moose meat and antlers, we came back to the cabin to find our trash everywhere and several cold adult beverages missing. He paid the price of burglary in Alaska. This was truly a beautiful bear I was thankful to lay claim to my first Alaskan grizzly bear.

Trophy Moose Hunting Alaska…

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Trophy Moose Hunting Alaska...

These are some of the biggest harvested moose I have seen in Alaska… Story is unknown at the moment, but definitely some really….reallly…..reeeaaallly nice moose. Dudes rocking the KUIU gear..

“These bulls are what dreams are made of”

-Mission Alaska

www.kuiu.com

The Crew

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The Crew

The crew of the Sea Falcon. Dom, Bridger, Austin, and Chris the Skipper.

Vince P Traditional Archery for Small Game

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Vince P Traditional Archery for Small Game

This was actually a magical day in the woods. I took off from behind the cabin with longbow and a quiver full of arrows using the old Alaskan 56″ snowshoes to get around in. Up on the ridge I could see the entire Alaska Range and Denali. The alpenglow on the mountains was a photographers dream. I spooked a bird roosting in the Spruce and it flew away towards another stand not to far away. Sable (my dog) and I gave chase, off we went to find the grouse. As we approached, it flew again but this time I didn’t lose sight of it and saw where it landed. About 40 yards away high in another Spruce. I pulled the fluflu out of the quiver and let loose. The arrow tip penetrated all the way but the shaft stopped half way through the birds chest. The bird and the arrown took flight from the tree …. to be continued ..

Vince

Thanks for the picture and story Vince. Your adventures are incredible and you inspire us all to get out there!

Vote for your fan favorite on Nat Geo’s Ultimate Survival Alaska

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Vote for your Fan Favorite on Nat Geo's Ultimate Survival Alaska

You know who Mission Alaska is going to vote for!
Check out the interactive map on National Geographic’s webpage for Ultimate Survival Alaska. Scroll to the bottom and make your vote heard for the number one fan favorite!

The premier is May 12th at 10pm EST, don’t forget to tell your mom happy mothers day!

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Sheep Hunting 2011

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Sheep Hunting 2011

This picture was taken last August during the Dall Sheep portion of my 30 day hunting expedition. Who would have thought we would find mountain caribou at the summit of our Dall Sheep Mountain, apperently the mountain caribou are just as nimble as sheep or goats.  We ended up spotting 70+ different sheep with only five rams among those numbers, none of the rams would be “full curl” and deemed legal to harvest thus we ended up striking out on this sheep hunt.  However, we did get some awesome footage of animals and a grizzly bear charge on film, check out the grizzly charge on youtube.com at this link Grizzly Charge.

Primitive Archery: Whats your method?

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Primitive Archery my usual poison

Stalking animals with primitive archery equipment takes stealth to a whole new level. An animal taken with any kind of archery equipment is, in my opinion, a true trophy. An animal taken with primitive equipment means dinner, not to much argument with food on the table. Any legal hunting means to ethically harvest an animal should never be discouraged, to each his own. Respect other hunters, fishers, and outdoorsmen methods as you would enjoy others to respect you. Compound archery, traditional archery, primitive archery, rifle hunting, muzzle loader hunting, or even spear hunting try to enjoy others successes regardless of take method.