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In many areas of Alaska, the conditions require a snug, waterproof, windproof shelter. In fact, your life may depend on it! Check out our tents section for details on what you need, tent reviews and more.
Cataraft on a Float Hunt
Catarafts are but one option for float-fishing or float-hunting trips in Alaska. Check out our Inflatable Boats section for details on all the various types of boats for your Alaska trip.
The tackle you need for fishing Alaska depends on where you're fishing and what you intend to catch. Have a look at our fishing tackle section for details and more information.
Saltwater Rods and Reels
Pay careful attention to the rods and reels you choose for your Alaska fishing trip. A four-foot-long northern pike, or a fifty pound king salmon will tear your gear to shreds if you come up short!
Saltwater Trolling Gear
There is a huge variety of terminal tackle that's suitable for fishing the salt in Alaska. Visit our saltwater gear section for more details.
Rigging Your Inflatable Boat
Visit our Inflatable Boats pages for details on how to rig up your boat for an extended back-country expedition trip.
Check out our Gear Reviews for current details on the best models of various kinds of outdoor gear for Alaska. Our testers check it out in real field conditions in Alaska.
There are a lot of accessory items you need to have along on some kinds of remote Alaska trips. Check out the gear section for details.
An investment in top-quality optical gear is a must for many Alaska activities, but you don't have to break the bank. Check out our Optics Section for more information and practical tips.
In Alaska you don't generally toss a rifle in the pickup and go out for an afternoon deer hunt. Here, it's usually an expedition borne of access difficulties, rough country and killer weather systems larger than most states. When things don't go well elsewhere, you just load up the truck and go home to your TV. In Alaska, it's not quite that simple.
This page provides basic information you need in order to make good decisions on the selection of your gear for a variety of outdoor activities anywhere in the state. Since most of us are not on an unlimited budget, and we have a variety of interests, it's wise to choose clothing and equipment that can work for a variety of circumstances. Let's get started.
Alaska is perhaps the most dangerous place to hunt in North America. It's also the most expensive. Therefore, it makes sense to choose gear that's rugged enough for the conditions, yet affordable. But "affordable" is a relative term. It doesn't mean "inexpensive" or "cheap". It does mean purchasing gear that is not going to break during use, and require multiple replacements. Something may appear similar to a more expensive item, but it will fail in the field (gear doesn't break in the closet at home, after all), and will require repeated replacement. Eventually by the time you figure out that you should have purchased the more expensive item, you've already spent a lot of money replacing junk gear and have had many failures in the field. So an affordable item may be more expensive than something similar sitting on the shelf of your local sporting goods store, but you only need to purchase it once. In the long run it's cheaper.
At this writing Alaska has no blaze-orange requirement for hunters. In other words, hunters are not required to wear an orange hat or vest while hunting. Some hunters opt for the additional safety afforded by blaze orange when hunting in crowded areas, however most Alaskans wear either muted, natural colors, or camouflage. For early spring bear hunts when snow is still on the ground, go with snow camo patterns such as Realtree's Snow Camouflage pattern or the Predator Winter pattern. Spring bear hunts in Prince William Sound or in Southeast Alaska, after the leaves and grass are out require patterns with more green in them, such as Mothwing's Spring Mimicry or Mossy Oak's Obsession. For fall hunts stick with patterns on the brown, tan or gray ends of the color spectrum, such as Mossy Oak's Infinity, Bill Jordan's Advantage Timber, or Fall Sniper Brown. Choose large angular patterns overlaid with detailed patterns; these break up your outline at a distance and offer you excellent concealment up close.
The alternative to camouflage is to simply go with muted colors. Keep in mind that every layer you wear could potentially become an outer layer, depending on the temperature where you are hunting. So choose your tee shirts, thermal underwear, shirts, pants, jackets and raingear with this in mind. Avoid blue, black, or (except in snow conditions) white. These colors stand out. Instead go with browns, grays, or tan colors.