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09-23-2018 02:01 AM
hawk55732
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Originally Posted by TMcArthur View Post
I bet you are glad you brought the pepper!
Personally I would have brought some hot sauce as well.
09-23-2018 01:31 AM
TMcArthur I bet you are glad you brought the pepper!
09-23-2018 12:59 AM
SoJ_51 Indeed.. Incredible adventure.. Posting to track any future chapters..

jd
09-22-2018 01:03 PM
hawk55732 Just thought id bump this thread as its a very good read.
02-03-2017 02:10 PM
buck3m
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Originally Posted by bunkerbuster View Post
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Yup, halibut get BIG.

Still have my old Penn 49 that reeled in ton's of Alaska halibut, back in the day...
I should have had a reel like that for halibut.
02-02-2017 11:34 AM
9mmMike Love that show, his journey to get the new snowmobile to the trap line was epic.
02-02-2017 11:23 AM
buck3m
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Originally Posted by 9mmMike View Post
Your Marty is the same Marty the trapper/bush pilot as in Mountain Men series isn't he?
Good eye! Yup, same guy. He's the real deal.
02-02-2017 11:22 AM
buck3m
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Yep, ole Buck is a true modern day mt. man of Alaska.
Haven't read the whole thread but just came upon it...but DID buy and watch many times your dvd, 700 miles Alone by Raft and BackPack in Alaska. I'll plug it for Buck.
Absolutely great video. If you love adventure, fishing, hunting and/or camping, and also freedom, you must get his dvd. It's below.

Took you a long time to get a halibut? Bet you were eating salmon and grayling pretty quickly; especially if you took off in June when they were running. Makes me think, what about vitamin C? Eat berries I reckon.

Tell us, what kind of knife or knives did you bring. Fixed I suppose? or folder? Tell us if was a Buck knife.

So were the moose really more dangerous than bears?

Roy

oh yeah, here's his dvd: https://www.amazon.com/Alaska-Huntin...k+weeks+alaska
Thanks Roy,

Yup, it took me a longggg time to catch a halibut, lots to learn on where and how.

My first food other than some half-green berries were Dolly Varden. When the salmon began running I was eating mostly salmon with a few crabs mixed in. When I got my blacktail buck and landed my first halibut I was living high on the hog! I tried to eat a quart of berries/plants a day. The berries weren't nearly as plentiful as I'd expected.

I had a Rapala filet knife, a Victorinox Swiss Army Fieldmaster, and a Leatherman Juice S2.

I don't think there are any moose on Admiralty Island. Moose are probably more dangerous in Alaska if you include car collisions, and there have been many injuries caused to moose stomping people, and a few deaths.

Buck
02-02-2017 10:57 AM
Trippers
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Originally Posted by RoyWalker View Post

So were the moose really more dangerous than bears?

Roy

oh yeah, here's his dvd: https://www.amazon.com/Alaska-Huntin...k+weeks+alaska
In Canada, the moose is the most dangerous animal you could encounter. I would imagine Alaska to be similar. Bears usually mind their own business, they truly are not interested in you. Of course there will be the odd exception.

Also in Canada, I think deer kill more people than bears.
02-02-2017 10:46 AM
9mmMike Your Marty is the same Marty the trapper/bush pilot as in Mountain Men series isn't he?
02-01-2017 08:46 PM
RoyWalker Yep, ole Buck is a true modern day mt. man of Alaska.
Haven't read the whole thread but just came upon it...but DID buy and watch many times your dvd, 700 miles Alone by Raft and BackPack in Alaska. I'll plug it for Buck.
Absolutely great video. If you love adventure, fishing, hunting and/or camping, and also freedom, you must get his dvd. It's below.

Took you a long time to get a halibut? Bet you were eating salmon and grayling pretty quickly; especially if you took off in June when they were running. Makes me think, what about vitamin C? Eat berries I reckon.

Tell us, what kind of knife or knives did you bring. Fixed I suppose? or folder? Tell us if was a Buck knife.

So were the moose really more dangerous than bears?

Roy

oh yeah, here's his dvd: https://www.amazon.com/Alaska-Huntin...k+weeks+alaska
01-31-2017 09:23 AM
buck3m
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Originally Posted by ---Rob--- View Post
how did you have All that stuff "shipped ahead..." to the place where you were camping.
What I should have said is that I had gear shipped ahead to my "jumping off" point, which was Petersburg. Then, everything came with me on the float plane.

Having never been to that area before, I wasn't sure where there would be good camping spots. I was concerned it might be too steep or too thick to camp near the water in the area I was interested in. It wasn't easy to find good spots, but they were there.

The best camping spots were near creeks, which were also where the best fishing was. That was also where the brown bears were thickest, and Admiralty Island has the highest density of brown bears in North America. I didn't camp along any creeks.
01-30-2017 11:38 PM
---Rob---
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Originally Posted by buck3m View Post
I always wanted to try something like this, so this summer I had a bush plane drop me off in late June in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness of southeast Alaska, with a scheduled pickup for early September. I brought survival gear, but NO FOOD at all, only salt and pepper.

It was a challenging experience but extremely satisfying. I fished, hunted and foraged for wild plants and berries.

I have posted the journal of my trip, including many photos, here. I hope you'll check it out. I'd be happy to answer questions about the experience here as well. Thanks!
how did you have All that stuff "shipped ahead..." to the place where you were camping.
01-30-2017 07:30 PM
iyaayas You sir are a true American bad ass.

70 days anywhere without food is a challenge. In Alaska........very tough. Congrats on your successful trip and your book sir.
01-30-2017 06:03 PM
ShooterScott awesome man! how were the bugs though?
01-30-2017 04:52 PM
bunkerbuster
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Originally Posted by Trippers View Post
I have friend who is a halibut fisherman who lives on Vancouver Island. He has shown me some photos. Didn't realize they could get that big. Monsters.


Yup, halibut get BIG.

Still have my old Penn 49 that reeled in ton's of Alaska halibut, back in the day.

01-30-2017 03:00 PM
Trippers
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Originally Posted by buck3m View Post
The halibut meat was excellent and helped a lot to vary my diet.

When the fishing was good it was often extremely good, but, as I might have mentioned, it took me well over a month to catch my first halibut and at first the salmon weren't running at all.

You should have seen the huge halibut I lost, seriously. Those big halibut were tough to land in my little kayak. That's something I should have had but didn't, a halibut harpoon. I finally put together a homemade setup.

The boom or bust aspect of the trip is one aspect that made it so challenging, and it made food preservation vital. It was a good feeling when I had a cache of food hanging in a tree out of reach of the brown bears.
I have friend who is a halibut fisherman who lives on Vancouver Island. He has shown me some photos. Didn't realize they could get that big. Monsters.
01-30-2017 01:43 PM
buck3m
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Originally Posted by merlinfire View Post
how many times had you been hunting/camping/fishing in Alaska before this trip?
Many, many times. I've lived here for decades. But that area of Alaska was largely unfamiliar to me. The Interior of Alaska is about as different from Southeast Alaska as Montana is to the rain-forest of coastal Washington. There was a lot to learn. The big advantage was the potential variety of food in the area.
01-30-2017 01:28 PM
merlinfire how many times had you been hunting/camping/fishing in Alaska before this trip?
01-30-2017 01:15 PM
buck3m
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Originally Posted by Trippers View Post
Just watched the Youtube video. The halibut was amazing. Great score. Fishing looked great all around anyway.
The halibut meat was excellent and helped a lot to vary my diet.

When the fishing was good it was often extremely good, but, as I might have mentioned, it took me well over a month to catch my first halibut and at first the salmon weren't running at all.

You should have seen the huge halibut I lost, seriously. Those big halibut were tough to land in my little kayak. That's something I should have had but didn't, a halibut harpoon. I finally put together a homemade setup.

The boom or bust aspect of the trip is one aspect that made it so challenging, and it made food preservation vital. It was a good feeling when I had a cache of food hanging in a tree out of reach of the brown bears.
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