Alaskan hunters help those who have questions

HUNTERS JOHN WHIPPLE AND CASEY DINKEL pride themselves on rugged DIY-type hunting adventures that take the duo on epic trips for goats on the south shores of Kodiak or brown bears on the remote island of Unimak. Both consider themselves fortunate to live in a state that allows for such opportunities, and both want other people to experience the same joy and fulfillment they get from those hunts.

“We want to reach out to people in the lower forty-eight and show them that Alaskan adventures are very doable,” says Dinkel.

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That goal is accomplished through 60th Parallel Adventures, a company the friends founded in 2014 that features entertaining and educational content put together with photos and videos on their hunts. They cover hunting costs by acting as brand ambassadors for businesses like Black Rifle Coffee Company and SITKA Gear, but their real passion is in showing other people the ropes. Eager hunters often reach out to 60th Parallel through social media or email with questions, and the duo says they reply responsibly, providing information on what steps prospective hunters should take without giving away a checklist for finding the perfect honey hole.

“We stand on the backs of plenty of other hunters and we want to be able to give other hunters the tools to do that work. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start,” Whipple says.

Keep up with the adventures of Whipple and Dinkel on Instagram @60thparallel or on their website 60thparallel.com.


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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