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  1. BrooksRanger

    What is the ultimate outdoor job?

    I'm going to throw my hat in the ring and say natural resource pilot. There are many different federal and state agencies that hire pilots to perform low level aerial wildlife surveys across the U.S. throughout the year. These surveys are important for a number of reasons, but you'll have an...
  2. BrooksRanger

    Alaska Mountain Man Inspiration

    I agree, this book is awesome. Very inspiring for me to read, and I couldn't help but imagine doing something similar in the future. I'm trying to do as much hunting in the mountains as I can while my knees and legs hold out!
  3. BrooksRanger

    Alaska Mountain Man Inspiration

    Panda Bear, thanks for the feedback. That's exactly what I was hoping to hear! I've definitely dreamed of paddling the Yukon too. That's awesome that you did it. I've always wondered how or if it's even possible to get your boat shipped back to you when you finish the float or whether you just...
  4. BrooksRanger

    Alaska via ship or land???

    Hey Guy, Yep the Brooks Range is like nowhere else. It feels prehistoric. P.S. You gotta keep Cordova off the radar, haha! .... :)
  5. BrooksRanger

    Helicopter Fly-in New Zealand Tahr

    Right on, I really appreciate that. I was thinking that June might be a bit too late to try to do a solo hunt. What are your thoughts as to the conditions at that time? Can you tell us more about your hunt. That's right, give us the story!
  6. BrooksRanger

    Alaska via ship or land???

    I have to say Big Horn Ram is quite right. Whenever I used to point to maps and explain how wild it was in Alaska, I always used to say when you want even more wilderness and isolation go check out the Yukon, Nunavut, or Northwestern Territories. They are still territories for a reason. I love...
  7. BrooksRanger

    Takedown Gun

    Don't forget to check out the Browning SA-22. This little rifle feels great in the hand, and looks beautiful too. Just as importantly, it get's the job done. I got mine to be able to put in my survival kit while flying and it fits great.
  8. BrooksRanger

    Helicopter Fly-in New Zealand Tahr

    I'm very curious about doing this same hunt solo. Possibly next year. I am curious if you can describe a bit of the weather one would expect in March/April/May? Which month would you recommend for a balance between long hair vs good weather?
  9. BrooksRanger

    Alaska via ship or land???

    To echo everyone else, Alaska is huge so you're not going to be able to do all of it in one go. That's a good thing though, it just means more to explore on your next trip. I think renting a car or RV in either Anchorage or Fairbanks and doing the loop is a great way to see a lot of Alaska. A...
  10. BrooksRanger

    Alaska Mountain Man Inspiration

    One of the primary reasons I enjoy this forum is the inspiration I that I receive from it. It could be from a great story write up, pictures of game taken after a successful hunt, or something as simple as a great landscape photo of an area I've never been too before. I'm sure that a lot of you...
  11. Alaska Survival: Alone in the Fortress of the Bears

    Alaska Survival: Alone in the Fortress of the Bears I survived 70 days alone in the "Fortress of the Bears," wilderness of Southeast Alaska. I brought no food ...
  12. Alaska Survival: Alone in the Fortress of the Bears

    Alaska Survival: Alone in the Fortress of the Bears

    Buck Nelson, Fortress of the Bears
  13. BrooksRanger

    Opinions on places to move out west?

    I've been through all of the areas you mentioned many times, and currently am spending a few months in Boise, ID for work. I would highly encourage you to check out Boise if you need a larger town/city for work, but would personally prefer the small countryside of Rexburg out of anywhere on your...
  14. BrooksRanger

    Hello from another hiker with a rifle.

    Hello everyone, I finally decided to quit lurking and start posting. It has been entertaining and educational reading your posts, and I'm not embarrassed to say it's one of the first things I do in the morning after pouring a cup of coffee. Like my thread title, I'm just another hiker afflicted...