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    From the reports from my friend in Idaho, it...

    From the reports from my friend in Idaho, it sounds like Iím hitting the timing just about right for the rut. Iíve never been around rutting elk - heck, have only seen elk once on Afognak Island....
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    Fantastic! Iím in the airport in Anchorage right...

    Fantastic! Iím in the airport in Anchorage right now, heading to Idaho for my first elk hunt. Also my first bowhunt in years. To say Iím excited would be an understatement, and this certainly adds...
  3. Thread: InReach Mini

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    Love my regular inReach, been looking at adding a...

    Love my regular inReach, been looking at adding a mini for my backcountry runs when I donít want to carry bulk. Thanks for the report!
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    The Kenai run that is struggling the most is the...

    The Kenai run that is struggling the most is the early king run, and there has been zero commercial pressure on that run for decades. Zero. To lay the blame for the demise of kings at the feet of...
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    True, but most of our family and friends knew...

    True, but most of our family and friends knew that we were low-time pilots and at least partially understood the lack of experience that they were signing up for.

    Not sure Iíd climb into a...
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    Have been following this thread for some time. ...

    Have been following this thread for some time. I've been planning to get a helmet, but now I'm thinking I need to replace my shoulder restraints first. I have fixed shoulder restraints, and they...
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    About a month and a half out from morel season...

    About a month and a half out from morel season here. Canít wait!
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    One of my favorite airplane silhouettes is...

    One of my favorite airplane silhouettes is watching the C-17s turning as they climb out of JBER or after dropping jumpers over the drop zone. Watch them from my house regularly, and their profile...
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    Tom was my instructor when I got my private...

    Tom was my instructor when I got my private pilot's license. I was one of his last students, and it was truly a privilege to learn from that man. I didn't realize that it was colon cancer...
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    Another option is to ride out to a remote lodge...

    Another option is to ride out to a remote lodge and base out of there for a while as you explore the area and come back to a meal and a bed every night. Not exactly roughing it, but it can be a fun...
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    Not to mention our best time of year for...

    Not to mention our best time of year for backcountry skiing and ski flying. I finally started to learn to fly on skis this year and upgraded my backcountry touring gear after 20 years. Spring has...
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    I'll be bringing home my first pup in a week. ...

    I'll be bringing home my first pup in a week. This is Eli - named after the Wrangell St. Elias Mountains.

    Question for those of you who fly with your dogs - do you have any tips regarding how...
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    Got my first-ever ski flight in today. Did a few...

    Got my first-ever ski flight in today. Did a few laps at the airport, then went out to play. Didn't really need skis since there was basically zero snow, but it still was ridiculously fun! Have a...
  14. Thread: ANC Earthquake

    by Brian M
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    Really surprised to find that the Cub was fine,...

    Really surprised to find that the Cub was fine, as it is parked like a puzzle piece with a 172 in a hangar in Birchwood. I expected damage, but was happy to find none.

    My classroom was a...
  15. And? Thoughts? Pretty close to pulling the...

    And? Thoughts? Pretty close to pulling the trigger on these flaps on my PA-18-150.
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    Is that self-imposed rule with moose only, or...

    Is that self-imposed rule with moose only, or other animals as well? I figure my loose limit on moose is a mile (depending on time available to pack and how rough/wet the ground is), but much...
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    Ha! Oh man, I bet your spouse was thrilled with...

    Ha! Oh man, I bet your spouse was thrilled with that situation. One year while on a drop hunt on Afognak my father was picked up by the air service, and another plane to get my brother and I was...
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    Again, it's not that I care about what somebody...

    Again, it's not that I care about what somebody else would have done - I'm interested in learning from those with more experience than myself regarding when windy is too windy (from their...
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    Thanks for the perspectives. I don't doubt that...

    Thanks for the perspectives. I don't doubt that I made the right choice - in addition to safety considerations, I want to set my kid up for success/enjoyment in his early hunting years. We've...
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    Well, right, but I was thinking more along the...

    Well, right, but I was thinking more along the lines of when you're concerned about the plane being beat up on the ground. The forecast for Tuesday looked fine, but we landed on what is basically...
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    When do you cut a trip short?

    What kind of forecast is enough for you to pull stakes early and head home?

    The backstory is that my 10 year old son and I were out hunting for his first moose this weekend. After two days of...
  22. Thread: Titan Straps

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    Picked up four yesterday. Hope to get a chance...

    Picked up four yesterday. Hope to get a chance to try them out on my sonís moose next weekend!
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    Good to know! I hope to have the problem of...

    Good to know! I hope to have the problem of figuring out how to attach my son's moose antlers to the struts about a week from now. Used paracord last year for some caribou antlers, but sounds like...
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    Just got my first policy through BWI. For being...

    Just got my first policy through BWI. For being a relatively low-time PA-18 pilot, I was pretty pleased with their rate. More than I want to spend, of course, but $300 cheaper than Avemco and a...
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    Ha! That was almost word for word what I thought...

    Ha! That was almost word for word what I thought to myself when I read that post. Fly where you live, I suppose, but thankfully I live somewhere less busy than Puget Sound.
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