In the next two months, I will be talking to Midwestern hunters and fishermen about your state. Before I do, I would love to hear some of your thoughts on what visitors to the Alaskan wilderness need to know.
This week I'll be covering the Archery Trade show in Indianapolis for ESPN.com. I'll be meeting with shop owners and manufacturers from around the country. Many want to talk to me about the past seven years I spent hunting alone in your state.
On January 20, I'll be on stage every day at the Chicago outdoor show doing a presentation called: Alone in Alaska: solo hunting fishing and surviving the last frontier. I'll then do the same show at the February Indianapolis show. Between the two shows, there could easily be 500,000 sportsmen and women through the doors. I'll also have a booth at both shows, selling my Alaska hunt planning calendar and giving folks honest advice about your great state.
Though I never use guides or outfitters anywhere, I am not opposed to folks using them. In fact, I hope to help some hunters realize they need to hire a guide versus hunting alone, as I do.
BTW, my father was an Alaska hunting guide in the 1950's for the US Air Force. Really. That was his designated job back then! He was stationed for many years near King Salmon, and used to take brass hunting in what is now Katmai.
I have a lot to tell Midwesterners about Alaska over the next two months, but know you guys will probably think of important stuff I missed. Anyone have any critical tips I need to make sure I pass along?