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 - 19O9 IN ALASKA IS S 1 PARADISE ( E D I T O R '...
19O9 IN ALASKA IS S 1 PARADISE ( E D I T O R ' S NOTE: A writer for the Alaska-Yukon Magazine, January, 1909, interviewed interviewed the well known Afasfca guide of the time, Harry Karstens. The following is the story.) Because it is a new and relatively relatively trodden country, Alaska is a vast hunting ground . There are, of course, great barren stretches in which very l i t t l e game is to be found. But there are other parts which abound so plentifully that it is, to use a trite expression, a hunl- ter's pardise. The best hunting ground in Alaska is contiguous to the Tanana Tanana Valley. The Alaska Range of moan tains girds the valley on l he west. These rugged mountains mountains are as yet comparatively unexplored. This par! of Alaska is the habitat of big game. Here may be found caribou., mountain sheep and Lear. Of smaller game there ore ptarmigan, rabbits, grouse below below the timber line and wild water fowl in season. Among the fur-bearing animals there are lynx, fox, wolverine and wolves. From Here This country is accessible from Fairbanks, The distance to these hunting grounds is about 150 miles. While this region is pa rit ciila rly inviting, (he entire mountainous area of Alaska from MI, McKiniey to the Copper Copper River is the home of the big animals mentioned previously. This "hunter's paradise" is at the base of Mt. McKiniey. but Harry Karstens. one of the best known guides in Alaska, thinks that the region at the rear of the Tok'at, which eventually finds its way to the Tanana, is the choicest hunting ground of this vast Northland. Karstens willingly told in a general way that he knew about the game of this country and their habits. He said: Best Hunting "I think the Alaska Range the best hunting ground for all kinds of game in Alaska. No great effort is requireJ to go out from camp and get a bear, moose, sheep or caribou. Mountain Mountain sheep range above the timber timber line and in this particular region are found in bands of from 10 to 125. A mountain sheep when dressed will weigh from 80 to 90 pounds. Their flesh is delicious and is at its best between July and September. September. Mountain sheep find food in these mountains during the winter winter on bare spots and where the wind has swept away the snow. and where to the untrained eye no vegetation is noticeable. .Most sheep are pure while, the only exception being black hair in their tails. They are very wary, but as there are sections of the country where they have not been hunted, it is not so difficult difficult to secure a head of these big horns. Many Moose "I saw 12 moose in one day at the base of Mt. McKiniey. and have seen in Ibis region a herd of caribou of at least 500 animals. In the summertime the herds of caribou break up into small herds of 25 or 30. Grizzly bears are frequently encountered. encountered. One killed by Charles Sheldon last spring had just come out of hibernation. He wns thin and gaunt, and in all the f a t l y tissue of his body there was not mure than a tcacupful of fat. "There are several varieties of fur-bearing animals in this region, including a few biack foxes. The coney, a small rabbit, rabbit, lives about timber line, and groundhogs are numerous. Ptarmigan Ptarmigan are found in great flocks. Three varieties live in the Mc- Kiniey country. Below the timber timber line there arc grouse. In the timber there are also snmvshoc rabbits and cottontails. Lower down on the rivers and on the flats where there are lakes and lagoons, geese, ducks, plovers Editor's Note: Controversy between storekeepers and customers customers is not limited to modern modern times. Witness this letter letter to a Northern Commerciaf Co. atoremastor on the Lower Yukon, from an irate customer, customer, dated Aug. 16, 1905. The letter was found in an abandoned abandoned shack at Marshall, by BJJJ Carlo of Fairbanks. Aug. 15, 1905 Glen Gulch Mr. ( i X.C. Co. Received part of the bill of goods of order 7/21 05 today and find that you h a \ e charged SI.00 for Working Soap which was not sent, therefore send you but SO.50. Regarding your growl of Mai- tugh not collecting my C.O.D. I must say: I never paid for a bill of goods t i l ! I received them and want you to d i s t i n c t l y understand understand so. Furthermore I sent (o you a pail of lard in the order and that was never put in the invoice. invoice. Keep your snap and lard and ( I i( where i* will do the most good. Yours respect, i / Glen Gulch and snipe make their nests rear their young. There are many bald eagles and big owls in this part of Alaska. Wed Watered "While tiiis country is well watered, the fishing is not good at this altitude. The streams flowing from Ml. McKiniey have their sources in glaciers, and the gtoeia] grist discoloring Ihe water does not make a favorite- home for trout and grayling. Below the timber line, however, however, both pike and grayling may be taken from the waters of these streams. Salmon frequently frequently ascend to near Ihe headwaters of these rivers. Hut upon the whole, fishing is not so good as the h u n t i n g region. ''This region is not so excessively excessively coici as a person might imagine; in fact, I don't t h i that the t e m p e r a t u r e )mv at this ek'Wjtjmi .'is il does in Ihe Tanana Valley. Last w ter the coldest record was 38 degrees below zero. During the month of February there were more days when the thermometer thermometer was above ZC\T lhaii days when it was below zero. The is dry and invigorating. A camp below the timber line can be made very cornfurtabk du;'i;ig the winter." Firechief Gasoline Brakes Texaco Service

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  1. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,
  2. 17 Jul 1963, Wed,
  3. Page 93

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