Episode 125 – Mink, Marten and Wolf Trapping

When I was in elementary school my brother, dad and I trapped mink and marten and wanted to get enough to make some mittens and a hat for my grandpa. Grandpa passed before we had enough material but I still have the furs. So I decided to get back into trapping a bit to finish…

Column: The art of the story

Halfway through telling the story I started hearing it from the perspective of the listener. This happens sometimes, which I like, because it’s a gauge of self-awareness. No one has their day made by hearing a story about a deer I shot or a fish I caught. At most, I’m hoping to entertain, and maybe…

Episode 124 – The Rich Outdoors

Cody Rich (Backcountry Fuel Box and The Rich Outdoors) and I talk entrepreneurship, how to not become self-absorbed, when DIY is not DIY and our dream hunts.

Episode 123 – Focal points, social media and resolutions

I don’t really have goals for 2020, just my eye on a couple focus words to keep me from being one of those types whose only purposes are killing, catching and posting. I do all three, but that can’t be it, because there aren’t enough steelhead, a big enough buck or enough likes to compensate…

Column: The Future of Fish

Cod Point was an appropriate first stop since we like to match the contents of the book to the book club meeting. In this case it was “Cod” by Mark Kurlansky. Dave directed the landing craft into an inlet where fresh cabins garnished an otherwise thick forest. After a few minutes of pointing out the new…

Episode 122 – Backpacking food with Heather’s Choice

“I wanted to put quality food in people’s packs.” In this episode I talk with Heather’s Choice owner Heather Kelly. Heather was born and raised in Alaska and owns a dehydrated food company based in Anchorage. We talk why Alaska is worth coming back to, why nutrition is important and combatting entrepreneurial obstacles.

Episode 121 – Boat ownership, duck hunting and 1984

Paranoia is part of new boat ownership, right? And it eventually goes away? Please say yes. In this episode I talk about the joys of owning a real boat and the 2 a.m. storm worries. I also talk about failed stalks during duck hunts, learning new things and release some of the darkness that comes…

Episode 120 – Sagebrush Dry Goods

John Peterka runs Sagebrush Dry Goods in Kake, Alaska. Not exactly the hub of outdoor gear, so in this episode John and I talk business dynamics and small town life in southeast Alaska. We talk about how he arrived in Kake, how he became accepted by the community, why his latest float plane flight got…

Column: Thankful for being overwhelmed

I grew up in southeast Alaska. I’ve circled Gustavus with a few teammates in a five-seater waiting for the weather to clear so we could land and play basketball games. I’ve slept in Yakutat’s gym, a math room in Kake, a wrestling room in Wrangell, got locked out of a hotel in Sitka, kicked out…