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  • Andi
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    Originally posted by stiffnecked View Post
    Thirds on that. People from England should never carry firearms. Just think of the guilt you would feel when you got back home. Subjects of the Crown should never handle items that they might use to defend themselves. Firearms are implements of death and destruction. I've seen them jump up out of a locked box, load themselves and then kill their owners. It's all quite ghastly and yet mysterious.

    Your best bet is to stick to bear spray and hire an Alaskan guide that has their own firearm.
    haha! yeah, I think I'll do that. But not everyone from England is like that. I'm going to apply as a police officer in England, and although our officers do not carry guns, we have specialist tactical firearms teams to deal with nutters in some parts of London like Peckham. The training for firearms officers in this country is SO intense, they're incredibly fit, and believe me, they know how to handle a gun.

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  • stiffnecked
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    Thirds on that. People from England should never carry firearms. Just think of the guilt you would feel when you got back home. Subjects of the Crown should never handle items that they might use to defend themselves. Firearms are implements of death and destruction. I've seen them jump up out of a locked box, load themselves and then kill their owners. It's all quite ghastly and yet mysterious.

    Your best bet is to stick to bear spray and hire an Alaskan guide that has their own firearm.

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  • fishAK
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    Yes, I'd agree with akflyer. Since you essentially have no firearms experience, you'd probably be more dangerous then the bears (no offense meant). I'm not even sure if firearms are allowed in Katmai, as it is a bear preserve. Best options are bear spray and I would highly recommend finding a local to act as tour guide.

    Don't hike alone and make noise...chances are in your favor you will have no bear issues at all.

    Enjoy your trip

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  • akflyer
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    Originally posted by Andi View Post
    Hi, I am from England. I am thinking about doing a hiking trip in Alaska in summer next year. As you might know, guns are very very illegal in my country. Most of us Brits don't like them, and if I do decide go hiking in Alaska next year, there is no way on earth I would be able to take a bear protection gun on the plane with me from England.

    As much as I don't like guns, I think it may be neccessary to protect me against bears if I decide to go hiking in Alaska. I have never done anything of this sort ever in my life, but I would love to see a bit of the world for a change and explore, but it is a very daunting and scary prospect for me.

    I wanted to know the legality of me, a foriegner, obtaining a handgun in Alaska. Can I hire one when I get there? Or buy one then trade it in at a pawn shop before I fly back to England? Also, having never so much as touched such a dangerous piece of equipment in my life, I have once been to a firing range where I used BB rifle with little led pellets in it (would probably be a bit useless for bear protection I know). But from this experience many years ago I know I am absolutely useless at aiming a gun. So before I hike in Alaska would I be able to practice at a firing range just to put my mind at rest a little, because I find the idea of being faced with a bear REALLY REALLY scary. Would I be able to practice at a firing range at the gun shop when I buy/hire it?

    Also I would like to do a hike in Katmai. I am aware that I can only get there by air and to take a gun on the plane, it must be in a case designed to carry it, unloaded, and in the seperate luggage compartment. Can anyone clarify this for me?

    And because, as I have stated, I don't like guns, what other bear protection measures can I take? Are there any other legal things I must consider to do a hiking trip in Alaska? As I am inexperienced too, should I take an experienced Alaska person with me?
    With your inexperience with firearms, I'd recommend sticking with the bear spray (easily bought locally) or take someone along who has a good weapon and knows how to use it well (then still take the spray). Contrary to popular skepticism, it is effective.

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  • Andi
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    Hi, I am from England. I am thinking about doing a hiking trip in Alaska in summer next year. As you might know, guns are very very illegal in my country. Most of us Brits don't like them, and if I do decide go hiking in Alaska next year, there is no way on earth I would be able to take a bear protection gun on the plane with me from England.

    As much as I don't like guns, I think it may be neccessary to protect me against bears if I decide to go hiking in Alaska. I have never done anything of this sort ever in my life, but I would love to see a bit of the world for a change and explore, but it is a very daunting and scary prospect for me.

    I wanted to know the legality of me, a foriegner, obtaining a handgun in Alaska. Can I hire one when I get there? Or buy one then trade it in at a pawn shop before I fly back to England? Also, having never so much as touched such a dangerous piece of equipment in my life, I have once been to a firing range where I used BB rifle with little led pellets in it (would probably be a bit useless for bear protection I know). But from this experience many years ago I know I am absolutely useless at aiming a gun. So before I hike in Alaska would I be able to practice at a firing range just to put my mind at rest a little, because I find the idea of being faced with a bear REALLY REALLY scary. Would I be able to practice at a firing range at the gun shop when I buy/hire it?

    Also I would like to do a hike in Katmai. I am aware that I can only get there by air and to take a gun on the plane, it must be in a case designed to carry it, unloaded, and in the seperate luggage compartment. Can anyone clarify this for me?

    And because, as I have stated, I don't like guns, what other bear protection measures can I take? Are there any other legal things I must consider to do a hiking trip in Alaska? As I am inexperienced too, should I take an experienced Alaska person with me?
    Last edited by Andi; 02-23-2009, 08:09 AM. Reason: Added an extra question

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  • Kodiak PA
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    Originally posted by fishAK View Post
    Hey Kodiak...still no word. You know what I'm talking about.

    Sockeye are few and far between this year, unfortunately. I only got about ten total. I'm hoping to make up for that with the silvers, which I like better anyway. I did smoke some sockeye and man did it turn out good...mmmmmm.....cup o' joe for a slab of smoked salmon? Of course, you have to get to Anchortown first....

    Any openings over there?
    1. Hope you hear good news soon. Been wondering. Let me know as soon as you hear.
    2. Coffee for smoked reds? You got a deal. I'll let you know if I ever leave the island again
    3. Nope. They just hired the last one from their last testing cycle. I'll let you know if I hear anything.

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  • Kodiak PA
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    Originally posted by fishAK View Post
    Been so long since I've bought a rifle...do you have to get a NICS check?
    Oh yeah, unless you have a current CCW with a NICS exemption stamp. The FBI is no longer doing backgrounds on CCW's so on renewals there will be no exemptions. Checks for everybody.

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  • AKSuperDually
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    I pulled 80 out of kasilof in 5 days. You had to work for them this year. I haven't hit any of the parks streams....

    Eklutna early on a weekday is usually good.....but judging by jim's this year, you'll still probably be arm to arm with tourists.

    How did all the tourists find out about jim's creek anyway?

    Good luck with the fish. We're packing house and heading down the road here in a week. Might take the boat out for one more but and shrimp trip though.......

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  • fishAK
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    Originally posted by anchsec1 View Post
    Hey, Fish, I hear Little Su is hoppin, down on the Pt Mckenzie side!
    ...scribble, scribble...

    That's the sound of me making mental notes

    I'm hitting Eklutna in the AM...my father-in-law has some secret out there and he ALWAYS comes home with fish. It's really annoying. But, he's finally gonna take me and show me how it's done, so hopefully I'll come home with something.

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  • anchsec1
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    Hey, Fish, I hear Little Su is hoppin, down on the Pt Mckenzie side!

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  • fishAK
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    Originally posted by Kodiak PA View Post
    Trivia: You can buy a long gun in AK and be from out of state. Can't buy a handgun though.
    Been so long since I've bought a rifle...do you have to get a NICS check?

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  • fishAK
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    Hey Kodiak...still no word. You know what I'm talking about.

    Sockeye are few and far between this year, unfortunately. I only got about ten total. I'm hoping to make up for that with the silvers, which I like better anyway. I did smoke some sockeye and man did it turn out good...mmmmmm.....cup o' joe for a slab of smoked salmon? Of course, you have to get to Anchortown first....

    Any openings over there?

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  • Kodiak PA
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    Originally posted by fishAK View Post
    I've got an old, bush-whacked 870 you can "rent." I'll even throw in some sabot slugs and 00 buck in case you need them. PM me if you want.
    That Fish is a heckuva guy. Next time I'm in Anchorage I'll trade you a cup of coffee for a few of those sockeye's I know you got in your freezer!

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  • Kodiak PA
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    Trivia: You can buy a long gun in AK and be from out of state. Can't buy a handgun though.

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  • deputy x 2
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    OMG he's serious.

    Originally posted by M-11 View Post
    My Inlaws are free range hippies who do not have firearms.
    that's why they are called outlaws.

    Alaska is beautiful...enjoy. We saw a bear at Mendenhall...it just went about it's business. Just remember you are stomping on their territory....and no I'm not a free range hippie.
    Last edited by deputy x 2; 08-05-2008, 09:37 PM.

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