Episode 178 – Winter caribou?

Caribou has always been on the list, but winter caribou seems like the type of Alaskan hunt I need to experience. In this solo episode I blame my Fairbanks buddies for my lack of self-control when it comes to seeking out Alaskan experiences. And yes, I know March is spring, but when the highs are…

Column: The Modern Walter Mitty

Dreams of the modern Walter Mitty are not known only to himself. He scrolls through Instagram for ideas, and when it’s time, fabricates a protagonist to be not only shared, but validated by anyone who cares to give it a Like. It’s the life he wishes he lived. At some point, that’s the overwhelming majority…

Episode 176 – The dark cloud

For some, the outdoors are an escape from an existence void of the type of purpose and excitement that make them feel happy to be alive. They are dependent on a hunt, hike or fishing trip that will make the dark cloud go away, but unless reality is fulfilling, the dark cloud will return. In…

Episode 175 – Emperor geese and duck tips

Juneau resident Dallin Hanchett is back to talk about his trip to Cold Bay earlier this month for emperor geese. In this episode we talk conservation, a brief history of the emperor goose hunt and tips for diver ducks and puddle ducks.

Column: Ticket to paradise

Sheep. Goat. Caribou. Bison.Not necessarily in that order. In fact, I really don’t know what I would choose if I drew hunting permits for them all, but I’m not going to draw any of them, so I won’t have to worry.   As a side note, hunters get trapped into thinking they have to justify what…

Episode 174 – Tags, points and draws

With the deadline for draw applications in Alaska looming, I was feeling the crowd putting in for the tags that I want and wondered if tag-finding services were turning travel hunting into a rich person’s game. I texted my buddy Jaden who provided some interesting insight. I talk about Jaden behind his back in this…

Episode 173 – Alaska Fly Fishing Goods

Brad Elfers is the owner of Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in Juneau. In this episode he and I talk about whether or not guiding and shop owning are all they are cracked up to be, how the internet has changed the business and steelhead tactics in southeast Alaska.

Column: Is “my way” overrated?

I felt like a coach who was sitting on the bench waiting for the clock to run out. No need to foul. The lead had been blown, and the deer were sinking their free throws. Admit defeat. Wait for the horn. Better luck next year. What had started with two missed bucks with my bow…