American Hunter - December 2013 - 65

First Contact

Men, machines and rifles take time to organize, adjust and sight-in.
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With  to  feet of snow on the ground, we spent almost one full day
getting our guns dialed-in and gear bagged. To keep us vertical, a
snow machine refresher course from Wes was an absolute necessity.
Toward the end of "gear day," Wes suggested we head about a
mile from my home to get in one setup before we lost our light.
Within  minutes, we overlooked a large expanse of frozen
marsh that bordered the Alaska Railroad next to the Susitna
River. As we traversed the frozen grass, coyote tracks crisscrossed our sled trails. Quickly, we located a group of alders to
break up our outline. After stashing the sleds, the three off us
waded through the waist-deep snow and struggled to get into
position. The electronic call was set about  yards to our right.
Sitting deep in snow with shooting sticks in place, Lundberg
hit the remote fob and the call began to sing. It took less than
three minutes for two coyotes to appear. They were  yards
away, headed on a brisk trot toward the sound of our rabbit
having an impressively bad day.
I'm not sure if it was the calling, the winter hunger or our

 ❘  

Photo: D. Robert & Lori Franz / WindigoImages.com

the snow machines and his vast knowledge of the local trail
system. Hunting with him is always a pleasure because of his
woodsmanship and positive demeanor. Besides, his presence
reminds me to watch my language.
With February's unpredictable weather and temperature
swings from  above to  below, we planned to hunt from my
home on the edge of the interior, outside Talkeetna. We focused
on nearby power line right-of-ways, the Alaska Rail Line, lakes
and the Susitna River channels. All of these areas could be quickly
accessed by snow machine, literally by departing from my driveway.
Alaska's right-of-ways and hunting are generally open. As long
as a property is not posted, and you stay off the railroad tracks,
you generally have access to hunt.
Unless the sky is clear, most evenings produce a slight or moderate snowfall, making it easy to locate high-traffic game areas.


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