"This is My Alaska"

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Arctic Adventures

"THIS IS MY ALASKA" is an action packed two hour color feature all filmed in the great Alaskan wilderness by Master Alaskan Guide Leroy (Buster) Shebal. It is a true story of a man and the land he loves. "THIS IS MY ALASKA" has a sense of continuity that will excite you as you follow Buster and his wife Vivian, through an actual year in their amazing lives around the time of Alaska statehood in 1959.

The warm inviting scenes in the Shebals' Fairbanks home beckon you to come and sit by the fire to listen as Buster and Vivian introduce the audience to the winter, spring, summer, and fall hunting and fishing adventures. As you follow Buster and the sportsmen he guides, from the Arctic Ocean to Alaska's South Central Coasts, you are part of a powerful drama wrapped in the wild beauty of the Alaskan frontier.

As spring comes to the Arctic, it is still 25 to 40 below zero and only a few hours of sunlight at Point Barrow, an Eskimo village at the northern tip of mainland North America with a population of around 1700 people. From Barrow you begin your search for the gigantic polar bear, flying over the dangerous polar ice packs with pressure ridges of ice jutting up fifty feet high. The polar bear has no natural enemies, so you often find him hunting you as you hunt him.

Since only the old mature male bears were taken as trophies the population was not hurt. However the Federal Sea Mammal Act which was passed later halted hunting as well as Alaska's intense research program. This research program along with hunting of the ice bear, is a most unusual and informative part of your trip with Buster through the Arctic. The polar bear seen taken in "THIS IS MY ALASKA" is displayed life-size, in the Fairbanks Airport letting people see what a tremendous animal they are.

During territorial days the unspoiled fishing for salmon, giant trout and arctic grayling is almost unbelievable by today's standards. In July the ice starts clearing off the lakes and there is another adventure in store for you. Buster takes you up to the very heart of the Brooks Range, 150 miles above the Arctic Circle for the most fantastic fishing you have ever seen.

As you watch a migration of 10,000 caribou parade by while we fish for the big ones, thirty pound lake trout that fight like an Arctic wind and are excellent eating. Then you leave the lakes and try fly rod fishing in the fast running streams for the smaller rainbow trout, the fighting grayling and the best sport of all, the sockeye salmon. The only competition on the stream is about a dozen brown bear nearby showing off their salmon catching skills.

If there is a favorite time of year in Alaska it would have to be the Fall season and its spectacular fall colors. It is a busy time laying in the land's bounty for the coming long winter. The first venture is to get a moose for the Shebal's freezer. Enroute a stop is made at an Indian village on the Yukon River where a fish drying rack is being loaded down with salmon. The next stop is at a lake in the Yukon Valley where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents are engaged in banding 10,000 ducks in a single week. The moose hunt is conducted along a beautiful clear creek in the Brooks Range. Things get real exciting as Buster carefully calls the giant bull in close enough for Vivian to draw a bead and bag him.

Next Buster takes two hunters deep in the heart of the Brooks Range to hunt for Dall Sheep, caribou and grizzly bear. Fine trophies are taken in all three species. You will also witness a fall caribou migration and a few anxious seconds as a grizzly that has just killed a caribou charges us.

The season of superb hunting and fishing ends down on the southern coast in an area that is often referred to as the Switzerland of Alaska. Nowhere in North America is the scenery more breathtaking. Here glaciers are still breaking off into the sea and high up in the crags you will find the Rocky Mountain Goat, considered to be one of the most challenging animals to hunt in North America. While pursuing this wary "King" of the mountains, you live off the sea by digging clams, catching crabs in a crab pot and catching salmon.

You start the year of fabulous hunting and fishing with a bush plane adventure above the Arctic Circle near the remote Eskimo village of Anaktuvuk Pass. The game management biologists have determined there is an imbalance of the population of the wolf to the caribou and the wild sheep in the area. Residents of Alaska, particularly in the remote areas depend on wild game as a food source. It is the duty of the game management to assure an adequate harvest each year.

In the month of March as we take off in search of the Arctic wolf the thermometer can reach as low as 65 degrees below zero. We spot a herd of caribou. We land to make a closer inspection and find wolf tracks and a freshly killed cow caribou and her half eaten unborn calf. It is easy to see why Alaska paid a fifty dollar bounty for the killer wolf. Back in the air the combat begins as the pack is sighted. As you watch the only complete aerial wolf hunt ever filmed you can understand why some hunters do not live to return for another hunt and why others refuse to attempt it.

Other interesting events include 3000 pound walrus at their breeding grounds; highlights from the North American Champion Sled Dog races along with the hilarious fun of playing baseball on snowshoes. Eskimo life can be seen as it really was in both the most primitive and advanced villages in Alaska. We also see the celebration after Eskimo men bag a 25 ton bowhead whale. The airplane enthusiast will enjoy the feeling of riding along in a bush type airplane, especially during the wolf hunt and polar bear events. These are only a few of the many fascinating events in "THIS IS MY ALASKA."

This is the sportsman's dream, the perfect year, action that doesn't stop and scenery unequaled. Every minute of "THIS IS MY ALASKA" is filled with a refreshing combination of human interest and action that adds to its true-to-life appeal. IT'S A FAMILY PICTURE with a G rating.

Color by Deluxe

Running Time: 2 hours

Rated G

Leroy "Buster" Shebal and his wife settled in Fairbanks in 1948, opening a gunsmithing and retail hunting equipment shop. In 1953, Buster began flying into remote hunting areas and guiding hunters. At the time of Statehood in 1959, Buster was a member of the Governor's Fish and Game Advisory Committee. When a few of the more than 400 registered guides were singled out for "Master" guide status, Buster was awarded "Master" Guide License Number 17.

In 1953, a movie camera became a constant companion. The winters of the early sixties were spent showing film in the lower 48 states with incredible success. Offers from major studios prompted the production of :"This is My Alaska" in 1967. Several million people came to theaters from 1969 to 1971 to see the film. It received outstanding reviews across the country including Box Office and Variety magazines.