Hey guys! I have been a long time lurker around the forum and recently made an account. I am a life long Alaskan and I have decided to get serious and determined about big game hunting. Growing up here I have done my share of small game hunting, fishing and have been along on some very unsuccessful moose and one successful caribou hunt when I was a kid, I went with people who dint know what they really were doing. And I believe if I am going too eat meat, then I want to be part of the whole process. Not just grab a steak that's already packaged on a chilled shelf at the store.
Over the last year I have been reading lots of books, on hunting and butchering as well watching shows such as MeatEater that are fairly educational as well as entertaining. On the weekends I have been loading up my pack with lots of gear and just going on hikes in the Girdwood area to get my body in shape and used to carrying heavy things since I dont have an ATV. Bought myself a new .338 WinMag with a 3x9x40 Nikon scope on it and a pair of Vortex 10x50 binos. And have all the gear I think I will need.
So...I have many questions for you guys that have been doing this your whole lives up here... If you could go back and tell yourself one thing in the past, when you were starting out, that you would have done differently or maybe an essential piece of gear that you wouldn't live without now what would that be? What would be a good place to put in to draw a tag for my first time for moose or caribou on foot (and a rifle) with my best chance of success in 2016?
I appreciate this resource here and thanks in advance! ~RaZe