This was in 1984 during our first season in the Wrangell’s.
Dan, Brent and Me
This was taken about twelve years after Dan became a partner in AAA Alaskan Outfitters.
Troy was AAA’s first wrangler and packer.
George was our second and best wrangler. He started working for us in ‘85. He obtained his assistant guide license and worked in both the Wrangell’s and our Cold Bay area through ‘89. He also worked a few years in the mid 90’s.
Wrangell Mountain Guides
Guides we used in the Wrangell Mountains in ‘86. (L to R) me, Mike Herbert, George Lockwood and Dan. Brent and Earl Boucher not shown.
Les with his guides and the trophies he harvested on his 21 day four specie hunt. (L to R) Earl Boucher, Les, Dan and me. We hired my friend Earl who had just retired from the Air Force to fill in on this hunt. He also guided in our Western Alaska area through ‘89. This was in ‘86.
(L to R) Tim Orton from MN and assistant guide Mike Herbert in our Western Alaska area. This photo was taken in ‘88 during the filming of AAA’s marketing video. Mike guided in the Wrangell’s, Western Alaska and once in our Cold Bay area. Mike was my OIC before I retired from the Air Force. He was also one of my hunting partners before I started the guide business.
Western Alaska Guides
(L to R) Gary Thompson, Curt Johnson, Eric Sjodin, myself, Marty Phelps and Mike Herbert. This was 1990. Gary and Curt were Tony Lee’s guides when we bought the area. They worked for us for about five years. Eric was a new hire that year and only worked a couple years for us. Marty was a new packer that year and later obtained his assistant guide license .
Jeff started as a packer in ‘89 and then became an assistant guide for us and worked in our Cold Bay and Western Alaska areas. This was when Jeff packed out Randy Cain’s 11’3” brown bear in ‘92.
(L to R) Registered guide Brent Hudson with Roy Jablonski from NJ with Roy’s 71 1/2” moose taken on the Alaska Peninsula in ‘92. Brent was one of our long time guides at our Alaska Peninsula area starting in ‘90 and worked through 2004 and after that off and on for several years.
(L to R) Ron Watts, Marty Phelps and me with Tim Orton’s caribou in ‘92. Ron started guiding for us in ‘87 and worked in the Wrangell’s, Western Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula. Ron and I had hunted together for years before he decided to get his guide license and guide for us. Marty packed for us in ‘90 and ‘91 and guided for us in ‘92. He died in a tragic accident while sheep hunting in ‘93.
Brent at his favorite camp, Chiginagak.
(L to R) Chuck and Sonny Pearcy from WV with Sonny’s massive palmed moose. Chuck started guiding for us in ‘89 and initially guided in the Wrangell’s, then worked in Western Alaska for the next eight years. I worked for Chuck when I was stationed at Galena AFS. He did us a big favor by hiring on with AAA.
(L to R) Myself, Dave Alderton from MO and Bob with Dave’s 8’ brown bear taken in ‘93. Bob started guiding for us in ‘91 and worked in our Western Alaska, Dog Salmon River and Cold Bay areas. Bob’s last year of guiding was in ‘97.
Demitrious Deoudes (Dee)
Dee, Dan and me (not pictured) moving gear out of Bryson Bar after the Chitina River took over the camp. This was August ‘99. We made about ten long trips through the woods with everything we needed to start our sheep season.
Demitrious Deoudes (Dee)
(L to R) Me, Robin Margolis from WV, Dee and Dan with Robin’s 8’3” bear taken in 2001. Dee started working for us in ‘90 guiding in the Wrangell’s, Western Alaska, Alaska Peninsula and one time in Cold Bay. Dee is still working for AAA now as a guide and chief pilot.
Gary started flying for us in ‘91 at our Dog Salmon River camp. He soon became our chief pilot. He also had his assistant guide license and was used around the camp on numerous moose hunts calling in moose. He called one in so close that after the client shot it they used a wheelbarrow to pack him into camp.
Larry taking inventory of the food at the Dog Salmon River camp. Larry became our permanent cook in ‘92 and worked through ‘02.
Sagen & Thor Juliussen
(L to R) Thor, Jack Dunn from OR and Sagen with Jack’s caribou that he harvested in ‘97. Jack was one of our oldest hunters at 77. My son-in-law Sagen started packing for us in ‘92 and started guiding in ‘94. His brother Thor started packing in ‘94 and started guiding for us in ‘96. It was always great having them in camp. They mainly guided in our Western Alaska area but both guided hunters to 10’+ bears at the Dog Salmon River camp during spring hunts.
(L to R) Brent, Thor, Danny Webb from WV and myself with Danny’s 10’ 3” brown bear that had a 29 2/16 B&C skull. Thor guided Danny to his giant bear in 2000.
Sagen and Thor
(L to R) Sagen, myself and Thor on change out day. They had just finished getting the antlers ready for air travel.
(L to R) Mark Giese from WI, Sagen and me with Mark’s caribou. Sagen set up a flashlight on a space blanket so I could see where to land to pick them up.
(L to R) Tony and Dan Genter from CA with his wolf taken on the Alaska Peninsula in ‘93. Tony started guiding for us in ‘92 and worked at the Dog Salmon camp through 2005.
Mark Confer and Steve Lanphier
(L to R) Mark, Steve and myself after we helped Steve recover Don Renard’s 8 and a half foot brown bear in our Western Alaska area in ‘95. Both Steve and Mark started working for us in ‘93. Steve and Mark worked for us in both the Western Alaska and Alaska Peninsula areas. Mark also worked in the Cold Bay area. This is one of my favorite photos.
Steve back in ‘93 packing Jeff Gross’ 437 5/8 B&C caribou back to the chalet. Steve was the guide and that was our largest scoring caribou ever.
Dee flying my grandson Greg out of spike camp during his brown bear hunt.
(L to R) Myself, Carl McCollum from FL, Mark and Dan. Mark guided Carl to his beautiful 8’3” brown bear in the spring of ‘99.
Chris started packing for us in ‘96 in our Western Alaska area, then obtained his assistant guide license a year later but decided he would rather pack. We gave him the extra responsibility of taking care of the meat house and after that we made him the camp manager. He has always done a great job. After I retired in 2005 Chris became the camp manager of the Dog Salmon River camp and is still working there.
Chris and Eric Spitzer
Chris and Eric by the locked moose antlers at the Otter Lake base camp in ‘99. Eric was a great packer and is now an Alaska State Trooper.
Chris with one of the 10’ brown bear heads that he is so good at skinning out. It is a very detailed and never ending job at the Dog Salmon.
John with Dianne Hutchison from PA with her caribou that she harvested out of the Otter Lake base camp in 2001. This was during the 9/11 attack. John started guiding for us in ‘93 and guided in Western Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula and our Cold Bay area. John was one of our guides that we used to guide bow hunters for brown bear.
Mark Confer and John Koldeway
(L to R) Mark, myself and John with two big Western Alaska brown bear.
(L to R) EJ and client Terry Byrne from OH with his blond brown bear taken in the spring of ‘01. EJ started working for us in ‘98 and worked through ‘07 before he retired. He guided in both the Western Alaska and Alaska Peninsula areas.
EJ Hiett and Brent Hudson
EJ and Brent getting ready to go home after a fall season at the Dog Salmon River camp. I always hated those fall snows.
Randy Hestand and Thor
(L to R) Thor, Marty Johnson from AZ, Randy and myself with Marty’s caribou in ‘95. This was Randy’s first year of packing and after he obtained his assistance guide license he guided for us until ‘98.
(L to R) Dennis, Mike Sweeney from FL and myself with Mike’s caribou taken out of Otter Base camp in ‘99. I tagged along on this day because I had guided Mike on three previous occasions. Dennis started guiding for us in ‘98 and guided in Western Alaska, the Wrangell’s and on the Alaska Peninsula.
(L to R) Dennis, Chris Parrack from TX and myself with Chris’s beautiful folded palmed 68” moose taken in ‘99. Dennis had a great year guiding on two 60”+ moose including this one which was our second largest taken in our Western Alaska area ever.
Scott with the locked antlers that he packed in for me. These moose were 69 and 56 inchers that died a slow death. Scott packed for us for three years starting in ‘95.
Mark on the left with Ken Crary from WI with Ken’s 9’3” brown bear that he took in ‘01. Mark started in 2000 and only worked three years but he managed to work in Western Alaska, Alaska Peninsula and the Wrangell’s.
Jason packing out Eric Payne’s 73 7/8” moose rack taken in ‘99 at the Dog Salmon River camp. Jason packed for us in ‘98, ‘99 and ‘06.
(L to R) Joe Clark, Ed Martin and Jason packing out Eric Payne’s big moose.
Tom Losk, Jeremiah Simmons & Chris Moore
(L to R) Tom, Jeremiah and Chris have just finished packing in a moose. Both Tom and Jeremiah started packing for us in ‘01 and later obtained their assistant guide license. Tom had actually hunted moose and caribou with us and later came back to be a packer. He had a couple of clients in ‘03.
(L to R) Myself, Jimmy Breen from LA, Jeremiah, Tom and Chris with Jimmy’s 7’4” black bear, AAA’s largest. This was ‘03 and I was helping Jeremiah and Tom get experience.
(L to R) Tom Wells, Tom Wells, Jr., Ron Watts, myself and Tom Losk with Tom’s 58” moose that he harvested behind the Otter Lake camp in ‘02. Ron started guiding for us in ‘87 and guided on one hunt a year which was a great help. Tom Losk was still in training.
Jeremiah and I were giving Brent a hand with his client Doug Leech from WV. Doug harvested this 10’4” giant back in ‘02. Jeremiah continued to work at the Dog Salmon after I retired.
(L to R) Bruce Haugen from ND and Shawn with Bruce’s wolf taken in Western Alaska in ‘03. Shawn started working for us in ‘02 and continued to work at the Dog Salmon River camp after I retired.
John was the chef for the Dog Salmon River camp starting in ‘02 when long time chef Larry Bussman moved on after 11 years. John worked for AAA right at 10 years.
Here Gary is dropping off guide Mike Warner and client Gary Young from WV. The Chiginagak volcano is in the background.
Troy with one of his clients super big bear. Troy started guiding for AAA in ‘03 and is currently still working for Brent.
Troy in one of AAA’s spike camp cook tents doing one of the many chores that a guide does on a daily basis.
(L to R) Packer Ryan Enyeart and guide Jeff Brand during the 2018 spring bear season. Jeff started guiding for AAA in ‘03 and is currently working for Brent.
(L to R) Jeff, hunter Wyatt Wingrove from WV and packer Ryan Enyeart with Wyatt’s 10’5” brown bear, AAA’s largest in the spring of ‘18. It had a B&C skull of 28 9/16.
Kelly started packing for AAA in ‘05, obtained his assistant guide license and is currently guiding for Brent.
Lyle on the spotting hill looking for brown bear. Lyle started guiding for AAA in ‘06 and worked through 2012.