Well, I have been selected to participate in the "Grand Slam Alaska" hunt with Outdoor Life magazine, and I'm pretty excited about it. I was contacted by a magazine representative several months ago and have put together a hunt that is sure to captivate the interest of big-game hunters in Alaska and the Lower 48. Here's the lowdown:
We are hunting brown bear, black bear, caribou and wolf, with some fishing and possibly grouse / waterfowl tossed in. It's a 14-day hunt which starts with a 10-day float hunt on a remote river. We'll spend the last four or five days at a lodge, from which we will hunt on foot. The float hunt is the same one I cataloged last year in my blog on MY WEBSITE. The hunt starts next week, with a departure for the field on Tuesday, September 23. We return on Sunday, October 5, weather permitting.
Outdoor life will film the entire hunt, plus there will be a full feature article in an upcoming issue of their magazine. CLICK HERE to read about their first Grand Slam Adventure hunt, which took place at Elkhorn Outfitters down in Colorado. I spoke with the owner of that company yesterday and he said they had a great time with the Outdoor Life crew, and with their lucky hunter, Stuart Littlefield.
My chosen role is "Hunt Planner", and my company (Lost Creek Company) is responsible for all the logistics; hotel, ground transportation, air charter, species selection, area selection, hunt type (it's a combination float hunt and lodge-based hunt), guide service (Hidden Alaska Guides and Outfitters), and raft rental (Alaska Raft and Kayak). I'm also responsible for menu planning, food purchasing, and raft wrangling. Tracey Harmon will join us to run one of the three rafts we need on this hunt, and he and I will share the camp chores, to free up Buck Bowden so he can give his hunter the attention he deserves. I had the chance to guide the hunter myself, but Buck has done so much for me over the years (he got me into guiding in the first place) that I thought this would be a nice payback to him. So he'll be the guy in front of the camera with his hunter, and I'll be the guy in the background making faces... Anyway Buck is a great guy, and it's going to be a great hunt. He is a Master Guide with several decades in the business.
Chris Batin, who writes for Outdoor Life magazine, brokered this deal and has served as a liaison between the various donors and the magazine staff. Chris is also a well-known Alaska hunting author, with several titles to his name, and the publisher of my book "Float Hunting Alaska's Wild Rivers", which can be ordered AT THIS LINK. Chris will accompany us on this hunt, and will be doing some writing and photography. I also hope to tap his expertise in getting our hunter onto some char and grayling along the way.
Congratulations to Brandon Steele, of Newport, Virginia, for successfully winning this hunt! I have spoken to Brandon on the phone and we've traded emails, and he sounds like a great guy. We're sure to have a great time in the field together.
So... keep tuned in and I'll report back when we return. I don't know when the article / video material will run, but I'll try to post a link when one is available.
Best of luck to all on your remaining fall adventures!