Master Hunting Guide, age 65.
Al has lived, trapped and hunted in the greater Chilkat region of Alaska since 1976. He lives 26 miles from the Town of Haines, in an original 1923 homestead log cabin overlooking the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
Before becoming a Alaska big game hunting guide, Al worked as a timber faller cutting old growth trees in various remote, frontier logging camps located across Southeast Alaska. He first started outfitting hunters in 1983, and became a registered guide in 1989.
Our included slide show on the homepage highlights 37 years of many of Al’s local Haines, Alaska back country experiences, as well as the scenic grandeur of the Haines area.
In 1992 Al was one of the first Alaska hunting guides to promote archery hunting of Brown Bears when he guided Archery Hall-of-Fame long bow hunter Dan Quillian on his successful ground harvest of a beautiful Brownie. Today, Al retains an accident free and violation free record as a hunting guide, which has propelled his status to that of a licensed Alaska Master Guide, and a large portion of his past clientele have become personal friends and repeat hunting clients. He maintains a Coast Guard Captains license, and is trained in Wilderness First Responder first-aid/rescue, as well as EMT 1.
Al has years of service dedicated to the local Fish and Game Advisory Committee where he participates in the creation of Alaska’s hunting laws and he routinely stays in touch with biologists in regards to game population/dynamics and habitat concerns. He also proudly enjoys a solid relationship with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in their mutual quest to promote legal, ethical hunting while protecting Alaska’s wildlife from illegal forms of harvest.
Alaska Cross Country Guiding presently has a team of three assistant guides that have been selected by Al, based on local knowledge, hunting experience, and compatibility with clients, as well as medical/first-aid skills, and dedication to honoring our hunting heritage by providing high quality experiences to our visiting clientele.
Assistant guide, age 30
Isaac has a long history in the guiding business for such a young man. He has dual citizenship between the U.S. and Canada, and he cut his teeth as an assistant to his father’s independent horse packing business which served British Columbia.
Isaac has had a professional hunt guiding license in Canada since 2003, where he has participated in well over 100 big game hunts, and he has experience guiding and horse packing over much of B.C., the Yukon, and Northwest Territories. He knows many of the outfitters in northwest Canada where he continues to work when not guiding in Alaska, and he is a prime source of information for hunters who desire to hunt with us, and then progress to Canadian species such as Dall Sheep, Mountain Caribou, Stone Sheep, Mountain Grizzly, or other big game.
In 2011 business owner Al Gilliam started training and exposing Isaac to the prime hunt areas of the Chilkat region.
Isaac is also a local helicopter ski guide, and he maintains credentials in avalanche prediction and rescue, fire-arm safety training, back-country rescue, and advanced Wilderness First Responder/first-aid.
The following photo gallery profiles Isaac's career as a Canadian Hunting Guide and as a Helicopter Ski Guide in Haines, Alaska:
Assistant Hunting Guide, age 28.
Bret Bohn was born and raised in Alaska. He shot his first caribou at age seven and has since dedicated his life to pursuing an Alaska career in aviation and the outdoors.
Bret holds a Bachelor of Science degree in “Science of Aviation Technology” from the University of Alaska, and he is a registered Alaskan hunting guide, presently working for me in the capacity of a Registered Guide. Bret has five years of experience guiding hunters in Alaska, and he has successfully completed dozens of hunts ranging from Southeast Alaska to Kodiak Island and the Alaska Peninsula.
Bret is very experienced judging game animals, and he has specialized in guiding Mountain Goat and Brown Bear hunts.
Additionally, Bret travels extensively as a private hunter, with trips to Idaho for elk, Colorado for Cougar and Saskatchewan for Deer. He also has 15 years of experience trapping in Alaska, and he is a trained Polar Bear guard for one of the Alaska pipeline services. Bret holds a certificate from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Information and Training Program: Basic Hunter and Bow Hunter.
Bret also holds a certificate of training in Wilderness and Remote First Aid/Blood Borne Pathogens as well as Adult AED Training and Standard First Aid.
Dr. Julia Heinz:
Class “A” assistant hunting guide, age 53.
Julia is a local Haines, Alaska M.D. who is the epitome of an Alaska outdoor woman. She has lived, hunted and guided north of the Alaska Brooks Range, as well as within the greater Haines area where she presently lives with her husband and two children. She also constructed a cabin in the middle of prime game country within the Chilkat valley, and she routinely harvests Moose, Mountain Goat, Sheep and Black Bear for personal consumption. Julia is also an archery hunter, and she maintains a Coast Guard Captains license. She is currently serving on the Fish and Game Advisory Committee for northern Southeast Alaska.
It is not at all unusual for Julia to make a solo climb to Mountain Goat territory just for entertainment, or for her to line her canoe up-river during winter conditions while she checks out the local game population; or studies the timing and route of Brown Bears that are headed to their winter den in anticipation of ambushing them when they return back down-valley the following spring.
Julia is also a highly qualified outdoor writer, as well as a family woman who raised her children Alaska style, with regular family outings ranging from boating to mountain climbing and surfing Alaska’s dynamic ocean beaches.
Julia is sincerely dedicated to promoting women hunting in Alaska, and she maintains a website, www.womenhuntingalaska.com.