Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Professional Alaska Guide

Professional Alaska GuideWhat is a Professional Alaska Guide, in your opinion?

The frustration and hands-tied feeling of an empty wallet and no salted hides hanging on the rack, is thick enough in the air as to taste.

In your opinion, do you believe that a Professional Alaska Guide is:

  • Someone you pay to “get” (guarantee that you “get”) you the trophies that you came to Alaska for.
  • Someone you are required to have with you to hunt Dall Sheep, Brown or Grizzly Bear or Mountain Goat as a non-resident of Alaska.

…I hope not.

Professional Alaska GuideIn my own words, based on my own experience, a Professional Alaska Guide is one that is licensed by the state of Alaska to guide non-resident hunters in a safe, knowledgeable, legal, ethical and professional manner.

A Professional Alaska Guide is knowledgeable in his or her area of hunting (Unit 12 in our case), the habits and habitat of the animals in the area he or she operates in.

Here is another thing. Amazing things happen. Fabulous things. Rare occurrences really do happen. Blessings or luck, depending on how you look at things like this.

Things like:

  • Professional Alaska GuideYou may ride around the bend in the creek and spot something white ahead. Raising your binos, your mind blanks for a moment. An absolutely “no-shitter” 40” Dall Sheep Ram is in the creek bottom, crossing to the other side. The wind is in your face and there is plenty of cover to sneak up in.
  • You’ll ride your horse to the top of a mountain, get off, take a peak over the edge, and there he is, 146 yards away from where you just hobbled your horse. The Dall Sheep of your dreams.
  • You wake up, stretch, crawl out of your tent and look around, and there is a Grizzly Bear! Walking around, digging here and there for roots or ground squirrels, not 400 yards away from your tent!

Professional Alaska GuideI could go on and on. (You know I could!)

Do you want to hear something that may blow your mind? These instances, these examples I just gave you, of amazing things happening, have all happened. These are all my own memories. They were, each, amazing blessings, rare and I was witness.

They will, quite possibly and in all reality, never happen again.


But they happened. To me and to the clients with me.

If you speak with other guides and outfitters, I am certain they could share some amazing stories as well. They could share their own rare-gimme-too-easy stories with you as well.

Professional Alaska GuideA Professional Alaska Guide-Outfitter is someone you choose and pay to guide you safely and knowledgeably in an unfamiliar area, a dangerous area to Big Game animals, many of which can be very dangerous as well. Judging and assisting a client in choosing the legal and desired trophy you choose to harvest.

Remember; wonderful, rare and amazing things do happen. Keep your heart in the hunt. The beautiful and untouched wilderness you are visiting, surrounds you while you continue your hunt. The wild animals that live on the land you hunt, wary, but unfamiliar with humans.

Hunt well, hunt safely, treasure every moment.


Fighting The Grind, in Alaska

Alaska Chick, The Grind

You call it “The Grind.” You know me as Alaska Chick. Some of you know me as @girlygrizzly. A few of you know me as simply myself, Amber-Lee. A select bunch of you think I’m the weird girl in Alaska with pink hair. Anyhow… When I was given the task of bringing Pioneer Outfitters to Continue Reading

More on Alaska Guide Training

Alaska Guide Training

More on Alaska Guide Training to give you a clearer look at one of the most difficult career choices men and women can make. Pioneer Outfitters has been training Alaska Guides since 1924. As horse-outfitters in the remote, interior of Alaska, the guides are trained in a year-round schedule and in a “hands-on” environment. Chisana, Continue Reading

Alaska, Hunting and a Plan

A Plan

As a die-hard believer in preparation with a healthy dose of luck thrown in for flavor, it may seem just a bit odd that I always have a plan. (I do!) There are no life threatening attachments to any given plan, but it always seems best for safety and results. Alaska, hunting and a plan. Continue Reading

Alaska Hunter Reality Check!

 Hunter Tensions

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 Continue Reading

The Line Between Fear and Respect

Fear and Respect

There are lines between fear and respect as an Alaska Professional Guide that quite often are ignored or swept under the rug. First, you have to understand the difference between fear and respect. Fear: be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening . Respect: admire (someone or something) deeply, Continue Reading

Your Fitness Adventure

Fitness Adventure

No joking! We have been talking about this Adventure for a long time. A Fitness Adventure. For you, a horseback adventure in the remote wilderness of Alaska, focused on your fitness and to help your fitness goals get off to a grand beginning. Fitness is a major concern and topic world-wide. Fitness and weight loss Continue Reading