Alaska Outdoor Digest

The source for important, timely news on hunting, fishing and the outdoors in Alaska.

And the Winner is…?

And the Winner is…?

Hunting September 25, 2017

What do Alaskans choose as their favorite firearm? Trying to answer that question for some down-South friends (and looking for an interesting debate), I conducted an informal poll of more than 100 Alaska hunters.  All are readers of and most have vast experience hunting in Alaska. The question... Read more
What are the best guns for Alaska?
Okay, is there a better way to start an argument than to ask a bunch of Alaskans to pick their favorite Anything? But especially what’s the best gun to have in your hands in the Great Land. We all have our biases, driven by experience, tradition or what happens... Read more
Right bull, wrong place

Right bull, wrong place

Hunting September 16, 2017

By Lee Leschper You can count on it. You’ve hiked, packed, floated, driven all over Alaska…and never found a legal moose.  Maybe been teased by a sublegal bull or two, or seen big racks in other trucks passing you on the highway. Maybe even helped a buddy pack out... Read more
Nelchina caribou season extended

Nelchina caribou season extended Hot

Hunting September 15, 2017

Alaska Fish and Game has announced an extension on the popular Nelchina caribou hunt: “September hunting seasons for Nelchina caribou in Game Management Unit 13 have been extended by emergency order. Scheduled by regulation to end September 20, the early fall season for caribou hunts RC566, CC001, and DC485... Read more
Juneau trooper kills chicken-stealing brown bear
UPDATE ADDITIONAL BEAR SHOOTING IN JUNEAU According to the Juneau Empire, an Alaska Wildlife Trooper shot and killed a charging brown bear last night after it raided a chicken coop at a home on Randall Road in Juneau.  According to an AST release, at 7:51 p.m. Monday a homeowner... Read more
It’s duck time

It’s duck time

Hunting August 31, 2017

By Lee Leschper For those few Alaska hunters not trying to fill the freezer this weekend with moose and caribou, it’s probably all about the ducks. Waterfowl season in most of Alaska opens Sept. 1 and all signs point to another strong early season. Nationwide duck populations remain high,... Read more
Brave 11-year-old stops charging bear; week of crazy bear incidents continues
It’s been another week of crazy Alaska bear stories and more attacks. Thankfully no one has been seriously injuried or killed, after two black bears killed young people in Anchorage and in the interior. Elliott Clark, a young Hoonah boy, prevented a potential really bad mauling and killed a... Read more
Beware trichinosis in bear meat
Spring bear hunters are harvesting some impressive bruins this month. One thing they need to remember is proper care of the bear meat they bring home. Until June 1 Alaska bear hunters must retain the meat of a harvested black bear.  This doesn’t apply to brown bears and black... Read more
Subsistence Board rejects Unit 26 caribou closure; does partial closure for Unit 23
UPDATE June 26: The Federal Subsistence Board  gave Alaska resident hunters a big win Friday.  The Board has decided not to restrict Unit 26 caribou hunting to only local subsistence hunters. Recents hearings to consider that closure drew a storm of protest from hunters who rely on the Haul Road... Read more
Update: Bill to require guides for non-resident caribou hunters dead
UPDATE: We are tardy reporting that the proposed bill to require all non-resident hunters on the North Slope hire a guide to hunt caribou died along with all other pending legislation at the end of this year’s regular Legislative session. Special sessions called and perhaps to be called by... Read more