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New guy-oregon want to be in alaska! ( 19:02:04 WedSep 16 2015 )

Hey all, I'm new to trapping and this forum. Didn't see any other newbie threads so thought id start my own. My wife and I are planning to move to a remote area of Alaska and "homestead"....well not really but we do plan on exiting most of society and all of the lower 48.. Any aid of this would be appreciated. I will be looking for a mentor not just for trapping but someone who can teach us the ways of life up there. We are already fairly well versed in survival and my wife has a whole set of skills her own....and she has her own guns too! Again any input would be golden!

  
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Re: New guy-oregon want to be in alaska! ( 04:33:32 ThuSep 17 2015 )

Hi Leland and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately the trapping forum has not seen much use recently.

I originally put it up in 2002 so that trappers and miners could get to know each other and socialize.

The trapping forum boomed for a while but then dropped off in recent years. The prospecting forum has held its own, but has dropped off quite a bit too.

I originally planned on the life you outlined in 1973. I never got to live the whole wilderness lifestyle, but got real close. I spend 37 years in Alaska, coming up from Florida to do it too.

Good luck on your ventures. Actually being in Alaska will help a lot, you will get to meet people and experience Alaska first hand, that's the best way, no one can prepare you for what Alaska is unless you can see it yourself.



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Re: New guy-oregon want to be in alaska! ( 20:08:27 ThuSep 17 2015 )

Thanks Jim, agreed nothing will prepare me. My wife and I plan to move remotely out of Fairbanks, some of the prep questions I have are about expedition type clothing and I guess more or less what to get here or there?

  
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Re: New guy-oregon want to be in alaska! ( 16:44:28 SunSep 20 2015 )

there is no more homesteading in Alaska there is land lotteries that you pay for the land
good luck doug

  
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Re: New guy-oregon want to be in alaska! ( 00:39:29 MonSep 21 2015 )

Hi again Leland,

One bit of advice is to get expedition clothing out of your mind. I made this same mistake when I first went there. You will need good clothing, suitable for Alaskan winters, but it doesn't need to be expensive expedition clothing.

This is one of the reasons I said nothing can prepare you for Alaska like being there. Once you get there and see how things are done you can get by a lot cheaper than you think.

Go there, preferably spend a winter in Fairbanks and you will get some boots on the ground experience. Then you can start out on your wilderness lifestyle well prepared.

While dmark is right about there being no actual homestead land any more in Alaska, that shouldn't keep you from living a remote, or homesteading lifestyle.

You can buy remote parcels that are not very expensive and start from scratch to build your place. You don't need a lot of land, just enough to build a cabin and perhaps have a garden. You will find that a lot of land is just not necessary because you have the whole wilderness outside of your parcel to hunt, trap, fish and explore.

You might even try what I did, which was to find a place close to town that has no running water and heats with wood. I did this for four years and found that it really prepared me for living remote because I was already living that lifestyle without being remote.

There are places closer to town that you can get for a lot less in rent than a typical house.

This idea will allow you to get experience and safety until you learn the ropes.



Quote: Leland at 20:08:27 Thu Sep 17 2015

Thanks Jim, agreed nothing will prepare me. My wife and I plan to move remotely out of Fairbanks, some of the prep questions I have are about expedition type clothing and I guess more or less what to get here or there?



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