ALASKA—Should a hunter, trapper or prospector take his supplies with him or buy after reaching Alaska?
Buy all of your provisions in Alaska. Take nothing wish you except your rifle and baggage. You can get everything you need up there. Dogs, for sledging, are worth from $10 to $50, but they are not needed on the coast. You will have to buy your boat up there as it would be difficult to rent one. The .30-30 is big enough for anything. The .30-30 is the most popular rifle up there and is big enough if the man behind it keeps a cool head and can shoot where he wants to. No, you can’t sell your halibut to the canneries as they don’t can halibut up there. In fact the canneries do not run in winter. All fish caught in winter are packed in ice which can be had for the picking up, and shipped south. Herrings are used for bait. Sometimes you can find vacant Indian and prospectors camps to stop in, but carry a tent anyway, and be sure of shelter for it rains almost constantly in the winter along the Southern coast.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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