I posted this in the Trapping forum but I feel compelled to post it here as well because Dean had such an impact on hunting and trapping around the state.
Dean Wilson Sr. Passed away this week. He was in many ways kind of like another dad or uncle for me. He used to take me hunting when I was 10 or 11 years old. Dean supported my family the first year we came to Alaska. We were living on beans and salt pork and he showed a great deal of generosity by giving our family a moose quarter. He taught my brother and I how to set fox cubby sets and probably taught more people about trapping than the majority of people I know. I met my wife when we both were 13 years old at his moose camp. She was the very pretty girl out berry picking and I was the gangly kid who had proudly shot his second moose. Dean always had a spot for me around his campfire or would have time to visit. He liked to fish for King Salmon down from our house and would often visit.
Most people around the state knew him as the fur buyer and owner of Klondike Furs.
He was always kind and strong even when his parkinson's caused problems.
I know that he is hunting moose and trapping wolves and lynx in that great trapping country beyond.