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You never know when a wild animal will appear in the wilderness. But it’s a risk hunters are willing to take. During a bear hunt at Beaver Mountain in the western Alaskan interior, 46-year-old Charlestown, R.I. resident John O. Matson, Jr. was injured by a bear he and his hunting party had shot it 90 … Read more Another bear mauling in Alaska
By Chris Cocoles on Sept. 11 It’s strange how days like today sneak up on you until you remember what we should think about. I would imagine my parents’ generation eventually started to remember but not always deeply reflect on Dec. 7, and how in 1941 how everything changed in Hawaii, let alone America. Sept. … Read more Sept. 11 always a surreal anniversary
By Chris Cocoles on Sept. 10, 2013 Give Dirk Whitsitt credit for not losing track of his trophy. It was a struggle for the construction worker from Kansas to land a monster halibut, which weighed in at 231 pounds, during a trip to the Cook Inlet. When Whitsitt, with an assist from the guides he … Read more Angler not about to release 231-pound halibut.
By Chris Cocoles on Sept. 9, 2013 Melissa McKinney, Miss Alaska, 2013, who went on to compete for Miss USA in Las Vegas in June, chatted with me for a Q&A session running in the October issue of Alaska Sporting Journal. To subscribe, click here: Much of that interview focuses on the outdoors and how … Read more Miss Alaska: A preview
By Chris Cocoles on Sept. 6, 2013 As someone who has struggled with weight gain after losing pounds off and on, I can relate to this Minnesota hunter. Bob Ball of Albert Lea, Minn. was chronicled in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune after he got himself in better shape to prepare for the rigors of a big-game … Read more Inspring story for hunter who lived his Alaska dream
This is Chris Cocoles, working on my first issue as Alaska Sporting Journal editor. My plan is to be more active posting tidbits as I get more accustomed to my duties. But I found this interesting story out of Anchorage regarding WalMart’s possible pulling of Alaska salmon off the retail giant’s shelves. Protests are taking … Read more WalMart, Alaska salmon industry at odds