Virgil Umphenour moved to North Pole, Alaska in the spring of 1971 shortly after returning from Vietnam. He began hunting and fishing throughout Interior and Western Alaska shortly after arriving in the state and started guiding in 1987.
In 1991 he founded Hunt Alaska, which is headquartered in Fairbanks. He took two of his children, Eric and Shelbie with him at early ages hunting, fishing, and trapping. Eric harvested his first dall sheep at age 12 and Shelbie took her first dall sheep at age 13.
Virgil is now a master guide, Eric a registered guide, and Shelbie an assistant guide.