Ok, so it will be my 1st year hunting in AK. Starting April I can buy resident tags. Obviously I want to do it all at some point. Moose, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Sheep, Goat, Caribou etc. I plan on starting with caribou and and black bear. I may do a registration moose hunt out at Eklutna just to get my feet on the ground with a bow. I am signed up for the bow hunter certification course.
Im 32 and in very good shape. I run up skyline a few times a week to keep in shape along with other training..
I have good boots, bow gun, waterproof camo, quality underlayers, pack tent, sleeping bag,waders, and binoculars.
I plan on doing a few multiday hunts in the mountains. Where do I start? A good pack obviously. External frame? Internal? Whats the best water filtration? tablets? filters? Should I seriously consider a spotting scope right away? Best game bags? Im sure there are a million little things too.
Just need help on the specifics for what to buy with regard to importance. Money isn't tight, but I don't plan on dropping 2 grand right off the bat on new supplies. I need to buy a 4 wheeler and a boat too. Also, any good bear hunting books? I found the "Fishing Alaska's Road System" book absolutely invaluable. Anything similar to that for hunting? Just something to shorten the learning curve a bit and get me in the right direction. I have some friends that I have planned hunts with..... but I don't want to rely on them and wouldn't mind doing some exploring on my own.