Column: Over the next hill…

There’s always a fish or deer or quorum of wigeon that peck at you during the off season. If not, then it’s a lake, mountain or muskeg. This off-season was a bonus. Not only was it a flock of geese that flew too high for my 12-gauge to reach, but also that 4-point buck that…

Episode 161 – SE Alaska Duck Hunting 101

Dallin Hanchett is back to talk about duck hunting. In this episode we talk best loads for different ducks, indispensable gear, cooking sea ducks, watching the tides and what to look for when hunting waterfowl in southeast Alaska. Here are some of his recommendations for hunting ducks and geese in southeast Alaska:Shotgun – Remington 870…

Episode 160 – Alpine deer…still?

Heading up another mountain this weekend to look for a mountain goat or maybe even one last deer up top. In this episode I talk about the importance of your social media bubble, how late deer are in the alpine and why it’s important that someone has a little fun in 2020 so there’s some…

Episode 159 – Brad Brooks

Brad Brooks is the founder of Argali, maker of top-tier hunting content and gear. In this episode he and I talk about his recent trip to Kodiak, how to be a good hunting guest, entrepreneurship, making good content and keeping your ego in check. Check out Argali Outdoors for advice, videos and order yourself a…

Episode 158 – Nick Jans

Nick Jans is the author of the best-selling books The Grizzly Maze, A Wolf Called Romeo and is a prolific Alaskan writer. His column On the Edge appears monthly in Alaska Magazine. In this episode he and I talk about the writing process, confidence, editing and the importance of clarity and cadence when writing for…

Episode 157 – Trolling for salmon and alpine prep

There’s a silver salmon derby this weekend, but I’ll be up on a mountain looking for a goat or buck. In this episode I talk personal preference when it comes to trolling up salmon, seeing alpine terrain for the first time, and all the chores around the house – dehydrating salmon, cooking venison leftovers, bleaching…

Column: Food for thought

One of the least-discussed issues during the pandemic has been the state of our national health, and what we, as individuals can do about it. The healthier we are when confronted with the need to combat illness, the more likely we are to have positive outcomes. Plus, there’s the added bonus of feeling better when…

Episode 156 – Early season recap

Photo by Jess Johnson Jaden Bales (the Wyoming correspondent) and I talk the benefits of technology and how technology has also ruined hunts. Without it I wouldn’t have made it through the fog and up the mountain to the alpine where I shot my second buck of the year and proposed to my girlfriend Abby….

Episode 155 – Hiking, Habits and Cheetos

Well it’s August, which means all previous routines have been disrupted by the delightful cycle of fishing and hunting trips. But that can make it difficult to keep up with previous positive habits when new habits are formed. Habits like bringing Cheetos as a snack.

Column: Stop and smell the alpine

Sometimes I am terrible at learning lessons. In the clarity of aftermath, I can say confidently that a lesson has been learned, but a lesson is only truly learned when the next time I have the opportunity to make the same mistake, I don’t. Anytime you are new to something you don’t really know how…