Hello all! Have been reading for a couple years, just now joined. I have a couple questions, but first a little background.
Im 27, Originally from Northern Michigan. Latest worked in the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial Diver in the oilfield. I grew up in Michigan and started hunting/fishing when I was about 5 years old. Have a good bit of experience in backwoods camping, as well as hunting and firearm handling. I go to the gym/run about 5-6 days a week, and do not smoke.
Now on to the subject matter. I am wanting to plan a 1 month long hike/camp in Alaska in 2013. I figured I would start the planning now to ensure I have everything sorted out by the time it comes. I realize Alaska is unlike Michigan, or any other place I have lived. My intention is to carry a fishing rod, sidearm for protection, and possibly a small rifle/shotgun for hunting. I am hoping to get some insight/advice from people who may know the state a little better than I.
As of now a couple questions I can think of are this. Im looking at maybe August or September? I want to be able to hunt some small game for food, would I be better off carrying a small rimfire(22/.17) or a shotgun with shot loads/slugs for larger animals? Im going to be taking weight into consideration, but I want to make sure I make a good decision. Also, Im still debating between doing some sort of base camp and just doing day hikes, etc from there, or just hiking and setting up as I go.
I havent decided on a location either.
As I said, any advice or recommendations anyone could give me would be much appreciated.