My family and I are moving to Wasilla from Albuquerque NM in the spring for at least a couple of years. Here in NM I can hunt big elk, mule deer, and I have gone to Texas to hunt big feral hog with dogs and a big knife. For the elk and deer I use a 30-06 and figure that will do just fine in Alaska. I am looking for any other tips and advice any natives might have for me. Should I carry a side arm? If so in what caliber? What type of hunting gear do I need for Moose and Caribou hunts? I really have no urge to go on a brown bear hunt but if I come across one in a foul mood, besides my hunting rifle and a prayer what might improve my chances of telling the story? I'm really looking forward to hunting new a new type of terrain and harvesting meat that I have never tried. Really want to try some New Mexico and Mexican style recipes on Moose and Caribou. Well any wisdom will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.