American Hunter - December 2013 - 64

destination&adventure

Predators
Above the
nd
62 Parallel

I

If you can call a coyote or fox in the Lower 48 you
can call one in Alaska. The problem is the weather,
and the terrain, and the difficulty of moving in
waist-deep snow, and ... By Peter B. Mathiesen

certainly had big-game hunting on my mind when I
relocated from the Midwest to Alaska in . Cradling
my first  grizzly tag had me grinning from ear to ear
for a month. However, to my surprise it has been the
smaller game that has attracted more of my attention.
During a fall trek back to the "Outside" (Lower )
to test the new Trijicon  scope system, the first
question from my host and renowned Utah predator
hunter Cory Lundberg about my relocation was, "Dude,
are there coyotes? There must be coyotes." More questions came in an unrelenting fury: "What about foxes? Are there
lynx? Can you actually find a wolverine? What about the wolves?
Does anybody even use game calls? Can I hunt as a nonresident?"

The Plan

After I returned to Alaska, and after a month of Lundberg's
enthusiastic weekly logistical calls, we arrived at the following
conclusions: Yes, nonresidents can hunt, and there are significant
  ❘

numbers of coyotes and foxes, and the frequent lynx.
Amazingly, the cost of a nonresident general hunting license
was a mere . As for wolverines and wolves, a guide is required
for nonresidents, and in most cases access to an aircraft would
be necessary for success.
As I surveyed local hunters and wilderness cabin owners,
it was nearly impossible to find anyone who actually targeted
coyotes. The few animals that were taken seemed to be happenstance. Foxes were pursued aggressively through trapping,
yet rarely hunted with game calls. One comment was consistent
among them all: "I tried one of those rabbit squeals once, but
nothing happened."
Lundberg and I settled on the last seven days of February for
coyote and fox, though we could take only fox in one of our local
game units. We would exclude wolverines and lynx as they had
just fallen out of season.
I enlisted the assistance of my neighbor, pastor, fellow Midwest transplant and hunting buddy, Wes Hudson. Wes supplied

 ❘ .


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