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    Default What's good to hunt in the fall/winter in AK?

    What's good to hunt in AK around the Anchorage Area in the fall/winter? What kinda Guns am I gonna need?

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    Winter is generally a time for small game and predator hunting. A .22, 410, or 20 gage should do you fine. There's very few areas right around Anchorage, but if you can get an hour north or south of town you should be able to get into some hare hunting. As for predators, the same thing applies - get away from town, and you might be able to do some calling. Spend some time reading the small game and predator hunting forums further down the main page. That should get you started in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Winter is generally a time for small game and predator hunting. A .22, 410, or 20 gage should do you fine. There's very few areas right around Anchorage, but if you can get an hour north or south of town you should be able to get into some hare hunting. As for predators, the same thing applies - get away from town, and you might be able to do some calling. Spend some time reading the small game and predator hunting forums further down the main page. That should get you started in the right direction.
    Cool thanks!

    And by "predator" hunting, you mean like Bears? What else?

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    Fox, coyotes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florida.boy View Post
    And by "predator" hunting, you mean like Bears? What else?
    No, I was referring to fox, coyotes, wolves (rare to get), lynx (also rare), etc. You can use calls (rabbit in distress, etc) to get them to come to you, but it can be very, very challenging. Hare or grouse hunting is a much more reasonable way to get started on winter hunting.

    In the fall, moose and black bear are options within a couple of hours of Anchorage. A larger gun and a lot of preparation will be necessary for those.

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    Here in the interior the rabbits have been on the decline and the predators have adjusted accordingly. Plan to get off the road system as the critters closest to the roads are pretty call smart. And if you decide to get away from the road system, be prepared. A 5 minute snow machine ride can mean an all day walk out if you get stuck. Hope this helps.

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