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Outdoor Life’s Points North mission is to provide you with the best hunting and fishing news and entertainment for you to share with your friends. The team at Points North looks forward to exchanging thoughts and ideas with you on socia media, especially on their Facebook page where all their video stories are shared. Browning has partnered with Points North to bring you informational content on a variety of north-country hunting topics, brought to you from some of the most amazing locations in Alaska. 

What you need to know to hunt up north.

Wind Calling Wind at Long Range. Wind is probably the biggest bugaboo of longer range hunting and target shooting. At longer ranges, any inconsistency in the wind pattern could push you off target. The farther you shoot, the more complicated it gets. Watch the video on Facebook.

Points North from Outdoor Life. Longer-Range Accessories. If you're looking to get into longer-range hunting and long range target shooting there are a few accessories that will make it a lot easier. If you only have these essential items, you'll be off to a good start. #GoDeep. Watch the video on Facebook. 

Temperature can affect your zero. Cold weather can dramatically change your rifle's zero. If you sighted in your rifle in warm weather, you need to verify your zero before you go hunting in cold weather. The amount your impact is shifted depends on the ammunition you are using. Some powders and components are affected more than others, and with your cold-bore shot, you may see no change, some change, or a dramatic change, but you need to check. WATCH THE VIDEO. 

Setting up for wolves. How you set up your stands will greatly affect your success in predator calling, wolves are no exception. It's much more complex than just sitting down and blowing on a call. Wind direction is probably the most important factor to keep in mind. Wary predators like wolves will almost always try to approach from downwind of anything they want to check out. Also, be aware of how they tend to travel. Giving them an easy avenue of approach that gets them downwind of the caller, and they will usually use it. Wolves and coyotes alike prefer to use packed trails, frozen waterways, or even roads when they can, because it requires less energy. Using these paths in your calling setup will help direct them where you want them to go. WATCH THE VIDEO. 

The wolf rifle. If you're in the market for a predator rifle, here are some things to consider. You want your caliber to be appropriate for what you are going to focus on. There are lots of options that will kill everything, but shooting fur is really a waste if you are using a cartridge that blows big holes. You also wants a rifle that fits you, and can reach out there when a wary dog hangs up. WATCH THE VIDEO.

Calling Wolves. Calling in a wolf is the ultimate challenge for a predator hunter. There's a reason you often get funny looks if you ask about hunting wolves specifically, in Alaska. Although some are taken by chance, by hunters in pursuit of other game, I'd have to say that wolves are probably one of the very hardest species to target. Not only do they cover immense territories, but even if you can locate them, you'll be lucky to get a shot most of the time. Calling one in and harvesting it is an accomplishment no one can scoff at. WATCH THE VIDEO. 

Prevent misfires in cold weather. Hunting in extreme cold can throw a wrench in many things, but one I hear about every year is misfires, (or more correctly put) failure to fire. There are a lot of folks who go out hunting in the winter and hear the click at the moment of truth. Sometimes it's a light primer strike or none at all, and the culprit is usually a frozen firing pin. You want to make sure that your firing pin and spring are clean and VERY lightly coated with all weather lubricant. Gunk and condensation that freezes are not your friends. WATCH THE VIDEO. 

Filling the Freezer with Moose Meat. Many Alaskans take the saying "filling the freezer" very literally. A good sized bull like this provides hundreds of pounds of meat, enough to get us through the winter and close to next moose season, without having to buy any beef. Processing an animal this big is quite the chore, considering just a hind quarter will typically weigh as much as a whitetail doe. It's a satisfying, happy job when you know you will be eating good all winter! WATCH THE VIDEO. 

How to Acclimate Your Rifle. Late season hunts can be just as detrimental to your rifle as the worst august rain-storm. Having a coated, corrosion resistant rifle is a game changer, but that doesn't mean you should neglect it. Acclimating your rifle after hunting in the cold can prevent excess condensation. Here's how to do it, and some of the less corrosion resistant components that you should always keep an eye on. WATCH THE VIDEO. 

How to Make a Whisky-Bottle Moose Call. Moose hunting doesn't get any more exciting than antagonizing a wound-up, lovesick bull moose. "Last year's" scapula is one of the very best tools to mimic a bull raking his antlers, but there are other options as well. If you've got an old plastic whisky bottle (moose prefer the Canadian spelling), you can make a great rake that is light, convenient, and produces a lot of volume. (Oil cans and other plastic jugs also work great.) #browning #leupoldoptics. WATCH THE VIDEO. 

Build a Long-Range Shooting Position. To be consistent in the long-range game, you must have a solid shooting position. Here's what that looks like.  WATCH THE VIDEO. 

Long range rifles and optic. Getting into the long-range game can be intimidating. There are a lot of options out there for rifles—and you want to invest in the right one for you. Here are some features to look for when selecting your gun and scope.

Recipe: How to Make Corned Moose Brisket. It’s not just for St. Paddy’s day...
If you like corned beef, then you’ll love this. You can easily “corn” your own wild meat (moose in this case). It’s leaner, but tastes the same as corned beef, and it’s very easy to make! #browning #leupoldoptics  WATCH THE VIDEO.