It is time for an Alaska hunter reality check. The biggest and heaviest weight carried by Professional Guides and respected outfitters alike, are the tensions caused by clients who may not harvest the game they came to Alaska for.
The reality is this: Hunting is hunting. A hunter does not always harvest an animal. A hunter, hunts. To pursue or to search for something.
Blowing winds, rain (rain, rain, rain and more wind), snow and more blowing winds…
This is a major pressure on us, the Professional Guides and Outfitter, because we’ve learned (the hard and heart-breaking way), that no matter how much you like and enjoy a client or clients, if they do not get their game, it was the Guide’s (and the Outfitter’s) fault.
The cold, hard truth is no matter how much fun it was, no matter what you’ve shared or how hard you have worked, it means nothing at least 90% of the time, if your Big Game hunters do not harvest their trophies.
It takes a long time to come to terms with this fact for a new guide. Sometimes, it proves to be a fatal blow to a new guide’s career choice.
- Some clients fall back on blaming the land, “..it’s all hunted out.” Meaning, all the critters have been hunted and killed off. (No.)
- Some clients believe you (the guide) didn’t want them to get their game. (Umm, duh. This is still mainly a word-of-mouth business.)
- Some clients say you (the Guide) didn’t hunt hard enough. (Sigh. My bruises and sore body say otherwise.)
Here are a few more truths and factoids to relieve and reality check hunter tensions and worries:
- Alaska is one-fifth the size of the Lower 48. (That is twice the size of Texas!)
- Alaska has over half of the world’s glaciers.
- The only state to have coastlines on three different seas: Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.
- The state also boasts the lowest population density in the nation. There is 1.0 person per square mile in Alaska, compared to 71.2 people per square mile for the entire U.S.
- In Alaska, caribou outnumber people. There are about 616,000 people in Alaska and 900,000 caribou.
- The Wrangell- St.Elias contains one of the largest concentrations of Dall sheep in North America — some 13,000 sheep in excellent habitat.
- Alaska has over 98 percent of the United States population of brown bears, and more than 70 percent of the North American population.
- Next, Pioneer Outfitters has one of the only areas in Alaska that a Grizzly Bear may be harvested every year instead of one every four years. We have the population to support this harvest.
- The Alaska-Yukon Moose, the largest of the deer family and of all the moose in the world find it incredibly easy to vanish before your eyes!
- Finally, this is what Pioneer Outfitters has done since 1924. There is absolutely nothing we, the Professional Guides of Pioneer Outfitters want more than for each and every client to get their game and treasure, always, the time spent in Chisana, Alaska with us.
Insider fact: Master Guide Terry Overly takes each and every guest and client’s wishes, dreams and goals very personally.
Pioneer Outfitters is family. It isn’t a cold and neutral, mass production factory. It is men and women who love this land and all of it’s wild glory.
It is Professional Guides who want to share it and all of it’s bounty safely with people who have never experienced it or the ones who have and have been captured in the heart by it .
So, what comes next?
Let’s go hunting!
Are you ready to take on Alaska? Is your dream the beautiful Dall Sheep? The awe-inspiring Mountain Grizzly? Or the majestic Alaska-Yukon Moose? Let us be part of your dream. We wont let you down.
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