Column: Not so lucky draw

By Jeff LundFor the Juneau Empire Well the draw results have been posted, and again I am a winner. I am a winner because though I didn’t draw any of the tags I wanted, I am still a resident of the state of Alaska. How’s that for cheesy optimism? It’s true though. Outside of muskox…

Episode 186 – Public access and predators over prey?

Caleb Martin from the Alaska Outdoor Council is back to talk about the importance of science in maintaining sustainable yield populations in Alaska and protecting public use. He talks about the devastating effects of choosing predators over prey in areas that used to be rich in Dall sheep and moose. We also talk about the…

Episode 185 – Draw results, attitude and good content

The Alaska draws are out and again I drew nothing, but it really doesn’t matter. Draw time is the time to get upset at non-residents for drawing the tag locals like and that is an absolute waste of time. In this episode I talk about how insane it is to go out of our way…

Episode 184 – Editing and HS basketball memories

I’ve been neck deep in editing my book (hoping for an April release) and starting another writing project about basketball in southeast Alaska. So I’ve tricked myself into believing that I don’t have time to do a podcast which is an absolute lie. I talk about this in a short solo episode.

Column: My favorite month, I think

Part of being an Alaskan requires tolerance, selective observation, quasi-scientific data gathering or a bit of each. If the decision of residency came simply down to a matter of degrees Fahrenheit, Alaska would be the land of the most irrational folks in the United States. But comfort is relative. We, of course, know that while…

Episode 183 – Overnight success

After the positive rejection I received regarding my book manuscript, I have decided to self-publish my book A Miserable Paradise and see what happens. I felt like there was a stigma that was something like self-publishing was for authors who weren’t good enough to get a book deal. But after talking to some authors and…

Episode 182 – Afognak vs. New Mexico elk

Tongass Talk host Adam Krick (Colorado resident, formerly of Metlakatla) is back to talk about travel hunting, guiding elk in New Mexico and how that compares to hunting elk on Afognak, why Etolin elk hunting might be the most difficult hunt in Alaska, the problem with too much hunting content plus universal tactics for hunting…

Episode 181 – Rejection and bad attitudes

So my manuscript was rejected by a publisher, but it’s just part of the process. In this episode I talk about the positive rejection email I received and two groups of people I don’t understand:1. people who selfishly choose the worst possible way to read or hear a comment2. people who thing that by saying…

Column: Don’t waste it

The problem with having a favorite time of year is the temptation to wish away the rest of it. Outdoorsmen and women, probably men more than women, can get so fixated on an identity that we can’t live year-round, we just punt away so much of our time. This makes us risk totally miss the…

Episode 180 – Hunts, habitat and stocks

It’s tag hunting season for non-residents, so Jaden Bales (the Wyoming Correspondent) and I talk about off-season podcast listening habits, ice fishing, cow elk hunts, cow caribou hunts, the decrease of non-resident tag allotment in some states, why increasing population and improving habitat is important and what happens if you can afford the tag but…