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Old 07-12-2003, 12:26 PM   #1
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Alaska questions???

Okay, we have decided to drive the Alcan with our little Trillium in tow next month. Several questions arise. One, in wild country like that I feel better with a rifle along. Is there any problem carrying a firearm into Alaska? Two, we are proficient with a 35 mm camera but we are considering taking a movie camera too. Now we have all been forced to endure the dreaded home-movies of others. We would like to edit the finished product with titles, sound-on-sound overlays, and video editing. What would you hi-tech folks recommend as a camera and an editing device. Is there a software program for editing, or, do we require an expensive tv studio editing machine?

I trust there is someone out there who can help. Thanks ever so!
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:42 PM   #2
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Ken, You can no longer take a rifle into the states unless you have a valid hunting licence for the states, or a receipt for a shooting event you are competing in.
since 911 a lot of rules have changed for the worse.
A fellow from Que. lived in a border town and drove over to get gas before going hunting (a distance of 50-75 feet in this town)
Making a very involved story short as possible he spent three months in a US jail, and can not return to the states, because he did not have the required paperwork.

get a digital camcorder, then you can do all your editing on the computer. There is a lot of software available for editing
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Old 07-12-2003, 09:34 PM   #3
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Thanks Joe! I think you savd me from a problem. I would have expected that reaction from the lower 48 after 9/11 but I doubted Alaska would be so silly about guns.

And, you hit the nail on the head, we just bought a new Sony digital camcorder this afternoon. Upon reading the instructions I find this thing will do everything except cook breakfast. Now if it just had an idiot off switch I might get some good pictures.
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Old 07-14-2003, 01:40 PM   #4
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Traveling with guns

I know what you mean about taking a rifle along with you. I struggled with this question for many months before deciding not to take my shotgun with me. Usually i take it with me when i go camping in the states. As I am from the lower48, i did not want to deal with the extra hassle of crossing the border 4 times with a firearm. I figure it just gives them another reason to pull you over at the border. I found that there was never a situation where i needed it anyway. Just be "bear smart" with your food and you'll be fine.

Have fun in alaska. It was the most rewarding experience of my life, so far.
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Old 07-14-2003, 02:14 PM   #5
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Hi All
I have never found a use for a weapon in my entire life when camping.If I needed a weapon I would just stay home or go to safe areas.
My 2cents worth.;)
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Old 07-14-2003, 03:17 PM   #6
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Maybe i should clarify the reasons why i take the gun with me when i go.

If i'm in a state park or organized camprgound, i leave it at home. Always.

In michigan, many state parks have rules against having a loaded firearm. However, i do most of my camping on a few selected sites on state land. As long as you pay the fee and get the license, you can camp anywhere on state land as long as it's not expressly prohibited. These areas are far from roads, hospitals, police stations, and other conviences that we are used to when camping. My cell phone doesn't work at one place that i visit frequently. I don't have the gun for protection from bears or other wildlife. I have it just in case.
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Old 07-14-2003, 03:28 PM   #7
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be thankfull you can still carry

And you have the choice to carry a firearm. It is your choice ! but knowing what not so say at the crossing and what to say ! that
i have found insightfull here . For what it is worth bdavid i carry when in deep primitive country. 3 shots in the air for help stand a better chance of being heard then finding a placewhere your cell phone would work.:drillsrgt
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Old 07-14-2003, 05:24 PM   #8
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I do not mean to be an alarmist to you campers, but, I taught Search & Rescue in the far north all across Canada for many years. I know what lives in those woods. Yes, most bears avoid humans. Yes, I have shooed many a black bear out of camp - but there are a few cases on record when only a rifle could salvage the situation.

Here is a case in point. PLEASE, if you are faint-hearted do not click this link.

http://groups.msn.com/KenJamesPhotoAlbum/g...zzlyattack.msnw
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Old 07-14-2003, 05:48 PM   #9
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Look at this picture that Ken James provided

Does anyone honestly think that a Boler, Trillium or for that matter, any fiberglass or stickbuilt trailer would keep a bear that size out? I don't think so!
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Ken writes:I do not mean to be an alarmist to you campers, but, I taught Search & Rescue in the far north all across Canada for many years. I know what lives in those woods. Yes, most bears avoid humans.

Ken it sounds as if you already have your answer.
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Here is a case in point. PLEASE, if you are faint-hearted do not click this link.
Ken, Thanks for NOT posting the photo and giving people a choice. I do appreciate the caution though.
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Old 07-14-2003, 06:18 PM   #12
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I want to contact the American authorities in hopes of getting a clearance to carry a gun. I have a firearms permit.
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I want to contact the American authorities in hopes of getting a clearance to carry a gun. I have a firearms permit.
Do you shoot Black Powder? You may be able to go to a Mountain Man Rendezvous as a competitor, thus have a compitition to attend as part of your trip.

Just a thought.**:conf
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Old 07-14-2003, 07:12 PM   #14
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funny you should mention that

As it turned out there were a supriseing amount of black powder's
at the adirondack mini about 6 of 10 or so . If we only knew before hand !! Amazing how the threads of life cross.
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