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    Alaska Homestead Documentary?

    I saw a movie/documentary about a man who moved to Alaska and homesteaded a place. I believe it was filmed in the 60's or 70's. The movie was also based on a book written by the gentlemen. The man built his own cabin, hunted sheep, moose, caribou. I would like to purchase video as a gift for my dad for Christmas. He would enjoy watching it. I wrote the name down somewhere but can't find it. Thanks

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    I believe you are talking about Dick Proenneke (sp). Alone in the Wilderness is the title and it has aired numerous times on public broadcasting tv.
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    i would also like to know.i have seen it on public broadcast also.really a good documentary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiteSpeed1 View Post
    I believe you are talking about Dick Proenneke (sp). Alone in the Wilderness is the title and it has aired numerous times on public broadcasting tv.
    Thanks

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    Not sure if it's related but my favorite movie growing up as a kid was "The Wilderness Family". It was about a family that left the big city to rough it in Alaska. I think it came out in the late 70's/early 80's. I think I still have the movie on VHS:embarra:
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    PBS had it for sale. I've seen it 3 times on PBS. Great program.
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    Thanks for the link, I saw it on PBS too, great documentary.
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    Hunting shows have turned a once proud part of our heritage into a contest of inches. No wonder society sees hunting more and more in a negative light.

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    An incredible story...I agree

    I have met a few interesting characters while hunting the islands in Ak.

    I've hunted the islands from POW to Kuiu and its still possible to homestead or put a mining claim on some of the prettiest land you have ever seen.

    Some of the homesteaders you run into- more than likely- have a checkered past. One guy admits to having multiple outstanding warrants and has been on the run since 1983. Wild west justice still applies in these remote areas and liquor goes along way towards making friends.
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    One Man's Wilderness.:thumbs_up
    The kill is the satisfying, indeed essential, conclusion to a successful hunt. But, I take no pleasure in the act itself. One does not hunt in order to kill, but kills in order to have hunted. Then why do I hunt? I hunt for the same reason my well-fed cat hunts...because I must, because it is in the blood, because I am the decendent of a thousand generations of hunters. I hunt because I am a hunter.- Finn Aagard

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    If you like that you'll love the book The Final Frontiersman.

    My favorite line from the book. when asked why he filed the front sight off of his 44 mag bear protection pistol.
    "so it doesn't hurt as much when the bear shoves it in your butt" or something like that
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    Really good movie and book. True Alaskan frontiersman. Not as easy as he makes it look either.
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    This thread or one very similar recently renewed my interest in Dick Proenneke. There is a book out More Readings From One Mans Wildrness. It is the actual journals of Mr. Proenneke from 1974 - 1980. The book One Mans Wilderness was a quick read which left me wanting to learn more about this fascinating gent. This book details the actual journals in RLP's own words or as close as I have seen them. In addition it discusses how RLP was not real happy with several aspects of the 1973 book. I will say no more as to not ruin it for anyone interested. It is a great read and highly reccomend this book to interested folks. It is a about 475 pages Edited by John Branson and is published by The National Park Service. I found it on Amazon More Readings From One Mans Wilderness The Journals Of Richard L Proenneke 1974 - 1980.

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    This is a great film. The craftmanship of his cabin and wood working skills are unbelievable! Deep in every outdoorsman's soul is the yearning to do what he did. Very cool.

    Here is a link that tells more about it. http://www.dickproenneke.com/
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    Everybody knows, that the world if full of stupid people.
    But I got the pistols so I'll keep the pesos, yeah that seems fair.

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    Dick Proeneke was an amzing man. Truly an inspiration to those of us who love the outdoors!

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    dick proenneke is one of my heros, i own the dvd it i s a awesome movie , you will enjoy it ..

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    CHECK OUT THIS THREAD I POSTED A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. IT GOT SOME GOOD RESPONSES ON THIS DOCUMENTARY.

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    Whoa whoa whoa, Miss Lippy. The part of the story I don't like is that the little boy gave up looking for the buck after an hour. He didn't put posters up or anything, he just sat on the porch like a goon and waited. That little boy's gotta think 'You shot a buck. You got a responsibility.' If your buck gets lost you don't look for an hour then call it quits. You get your butt out there and you find that damn buck!

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