Author: Tyler Freel

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Alaskan DIY Hunter Tags the Ram of a Lifetime

Alaskan DIY Hunter Tags the Ram of a Lifetime

What a ram! I thought enviously, hefting the heavy Dall head that long-time sheep hunter and Fairbanks resident Jerry Lees took here in Al [...]
An Alaskan Moose Hunt Ends in Frustration

An Alaskan Moose Hunt Ends in Frustration

“Here he comes.” I turned to my buddy Frank and his dad, Hugh. Hugh had his pre-64 Model 70 Winchester .30/06 rested atop the canoe pad [...]
An Alaskan Sheep Hunt Turns Into the Hike from Hell

An Alaskan Sheep Hunt Turns Into the Hike from Hell

I SHOULD KILL THIS RAM, I thought. I was carefully examining the biggest of three Dall rams feeding comfortably in the bowl below us. P [...]
A DIY Mountain Hunter’s Backcountry Packing List

A DIY Mountain Hunter’s Backcountry Packing List

Backcountry packing lists are as unique as the hunters that make them, and even among mountain hunters, the details can look quite differe [...]
3 Favorite Pieces of Mountain Hunting Gear

3 Favorite Pieces of Mountain Hunting Gear

Testing gear is tough. Testing mountain hunting gear is even tougher. Fit and function of clothing and gear can be evaluated at home, but [...]
The Soggy, Stinky, Chafing Realities of Sheep Hunting

The Soggy, Stinky, Chafing Realities of Sheep Hunting

My toes frequently remind me of just how hard sheep hunting can be on the body. I had the most brutal pack-out of my life back in 2006. I [...]
Sheep Hunters Are a Special Kind of Crazy

Sheep Hunters Are a Special Kind of Crazy

“There is no half way. After his first exposure, a man is either a sheep hunter or he isn’t.” —Jack O’Connor I SET OUT on my first shee [...]
Feds Close the Central Brooks Range to Sheep Hunters

Feds Close the Central Brooks Range to Sheep Hunters

Earlier this week, the Federal Subsistence Board voted unanimously to close more federal public lands in Alaska—this time for Dall sheep h [...]
Alaska Aims to Allow Bear Baiting in Kenai Wildlife Refuge

Alaska Aims to Allow Bear Baiting in Kenai Wildlife Refuge

Alaska has been in a tug-of-war with federal agencies over wildlife management for decades. In the most recent struggle, the state asked t [...]
4 Tips to Spot More Big Game This Season

4 Tips to Spot More Big Game This Season

Glassing for big-game might seem easy because of the sheer size of the quarry you are in pursuit of, but even having the best optics won’t [...]
Single Bevel Broadheads: What They Are and What They Do

Single Bevel Broadheads: What They Are and What They Do

If you’re a bowhunter, it’s almost a certainty that you’ve heard of single bevel broadheads. What were once only whispers and hushed conve [...]
Why You Can Never Outrun a Charging Bear

Why You Can Never Outrun a Charging Bear

Editor’s Note: We originally told this story back in 2016 when Bob Eder told his chilling account of a brutal bear attack to Tyler Freel, [...]
These Add-Ons Make the Skeletool the Ultimate Multi-Tool

These Add-Ons Make the Skeletool the Ultimate Multi-Tool

Of the wide variety of multi-tools available today, one of the most universally useful is the Leatherman Skeletool. It’s a simple folding [...]
The Real Story Behind the Infamous “Alberta Grizzly”

The Real Story Behind the Infamous “Alberta Grizzly”

It wasn’t that long ago that email chains—not social media—were how many incredible hunting stories and photos went viral. These days, you [...]
Rats Are One of Alaska’s Worst Invasive Species

Rats Are One of Alaska’s Worst Invasive Species

Invasive species are a dime-a-dozen these days, but rats in Alaska aren’t exactly hitting front pages. Despite being one of the most commo [...]
Feds to Vote on Closure of 60 Million Acres of Hunting Land for Non-Locals

Feds to Vote on Closure of 60 Million Acres of Hunting Land for Non-Locals

After being deferred for a year by the Federal Subsistence Board, a final meeting to vote on the potential closure of over 60 million acre [...]
Moose Attack Videos: Sled Dog Team Attacked

Moose Attack Videos: Sled Dog Team Attacked

Alaska’s moose typically get grouchy in March and April. Weary from deeper snow and a less-than-ideal diet, late winter is the time when m [...]
Video: Backcountry Snowmachiners Rescue Alaska Moose

Video: Backcountry Snowmachiners Rescue Alaska Moose

The young bull moose had fallen through shelf ice and would have certainly died in the shallow creek. via Facebook A group of Alaskans wer [...]
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