Q. How is the hunting and the fishing? -Dose
A. Hi Dose! Well, what is one degree up from wonderful? That is how it is. Although I did hear one horror story this summer.
My pastor took a month off to guide some hunts and the outfitter he worked for, who shall be nameless (actually I don’t even know his name) – anyway, he had the bush pilot set them down in this area, where they never should have been, and left them. He would fly back in and pick them up when the hunt was over. Well, first of all, he set them down in an area that was having smoke from some wild fires. They weren’t in any personal danger there, but animals don’t like smoky areas, and quickly flee. So there were practically no animals. Did get a bear I think. Then, the weather turned ugly, and the plane couldn’t return until about a week late and they were virtually out of food!
On a brighter note though, most hunts go well. You just need to use a reputable, guide and outfitter and they can put you right where the animals are. Most hunts are successful.
The fishing is good. You will be jealous to know we live right on a trout stream. The salmon also come up to spawn each fall and that is fun to watch. In fact, I can easily see Cottonwood Creek right from where I am sitting since it bisects our two acres, and flows very close to my kitchen door. Incredibly, though, we are not ‘fishermen’ really. We do fish at times, but we’d rather watch them, but if someone else catches them, I’m happy to cook them up! I have some wonderful recipes. The best fishing trip (in quantity) was when we were first up here. We decided to go ice fishing. Went to Strelna Lake out by Chitina. We used an ice auger to make a hole in the ice. Put our lines down and immediately began catching fish. We got to laughing and wondering if they would bite on marshmallows we had with us? They did. Then we took it further and wondered if they would bite on bare hooks? They did! We caught 38 nice trout in 45 minutes! Returned home so triumphantly and began bragging to a neighbor, who was familiar with the ‘rules’. Turned out we were only allowed 15 a day! Oops! Well, we couldn’t put them back, could we? So we did the only sensible thing – had one whale of a fish fry!
Just be sure you pick up a book of regulations and you’ll have a wonderful time.