Afognak Island in Alaska is true wilderness. Josh Randall of Afognak Wilderness Lodge is one of the fortunate few to hunt and guide this area and call it home. Josh recently sat down to interview with Rack Camp.
Why do you love to guide where you do?
North and East Afognak Island has been my lifelong home, so I know it well and its true-wilderness abundance hasn’t changed much through the decades. Our family was grandfathered in when it became a protected state park, thus protecting the great natural resources for future generations.
What is your favorite animal to hunt?
Both the Sitka blacktail deer and Kodiak brown bear
What is your favorite thing about guiding?
Meeting the wide diversity of hunters, who are mostly really fine intelligent, hard-working and personable folks.
What is the most memorable trip you’ve guided and why?
Can’t pick just one out. There’ve been many, usually due to the quality of the hunter.
What makes your guide service great?
From the hunter’s standpoint, they are very vocal and appreciative of hunting out of our very sea-worthy, stable catamaran boats then returning to a comfortable, modern log guest cabin every night with excellent meals by our cook. It sure beats a leaky tent.
Do you have any dream hunts yourself?
What are some of your favorite gear items?
My .375 rifles with home reloaded ammo
Do you have any other passions?
I have a knack for construction … making the visions become reality and get to build quite a bit around our wilderness property.