Episode 74 – Failing with grace

Dry spells happen. My current dry spell is something unlike any dry spell I have experienced as a hunter and angler. Unfortunately it has coincided with two visits from my girlfriend. I hope she doesn’t think I’m a bad Alaskan.

Column: Hunting in the age of trolls

So, a guy got mauled by a brown bear and told the story on a podcast. He told the story about the…tender areas… in which he was bit. It was incredible not only that the guy lived, but that he was so lucid during the experience. He said he reasoned himself through the bites and…

Episode 73 – Who am I?

As an outdoorsman and dude in general, I have to care about what the right people think of me and how I represent my lifestyle. Over the last 2 years I have realized just how important it is to not be careless in how I spend my hours or how I represent my lifestyle. I…

Column: Application process

Danny and I were texting the other day and both decided that while we both didn’t feel particularly fu*ked, we could always use a little unfu*king. This stemmed from me reading Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop. There’s an interesting dynamic that comes with reading this type of book. They aren’t the “Make your life better in 12…

Column: Less, but better

There are two years in one in Alaska. Not seasons, years. There’s your work year and your recreational year. When I lived in California there was a fishing season and a hunting season, but the hunting season was just a few weeks and I shared my region (comparable, maybe, to one of the southeast Alaska…

Episode 72 – Backcountry skiing

I know very little about skiing and snowboarding, but have done a little. I wanted to know what the backcountry skiing scene was like in Ketchikan so I talked to my buddies Shawn, Chad and Ian about it. The three of them talk about how to get back to the mountain, gauge snow safety, then…

Feature: Leaving the nest

At some point you leave the nest. In my case, it was post-college, after I took a teaching job in California. When I say leaving the nest, I don’t mean in the traditional sense — moving away from home, making my own way. No, leaving the nest for me meant giving up the safety blanket…

Column: Best Christmas gift – Attitude

My days as a bona fide, jersey-wearing athlete ended years ago after a loss. Just like pretty much everyone else. Some people go to college and play. I didn’t. But I did start my career as a recreational athlete which sounds like a euphemism for someone who proudly calls beer curls a workout. No, what I mean…

Episode 71 – Knudson Cove Marina

  Matt Burbank is the new owner of Knudson Cove Marina in Ketchikan. We talk about the behind the scenes, his adjustment to the career change, first impressions of the Ketchikan community and mule deer hunting.  

Column: Friend and Foe?

There was an article in the Bozeman Chronicle Sunday about fishing pressure on the Madison River (Montana), a river I can’t wait to visit this summer. You know, do the tourism thing, be another one of those out-of-staters crowding out the locals on their home water… Anyway, a 54-mile section of the river took 180,000…