Episode 170 – Bowhunting recap

After missing with my bow on Nov. 1, I haven’t had another shot at a buck, though I have seen at least one every weekend. This is madness. There are only a few days left in the season so I will admit I’m feeling a bit of urgency. In this episode I talk about my…

Column: On to Plan J

Thanks to circumstances outside of my control, I wasn’t able to hunt the spot that fueled my off-season rut dreams. I took one buck there last year, but it was the other two that had me itching. The buck that never cleared the brush while I was at full draw. The buck that raked a…

Episode 169 – Traveling hunters and local issues

I grew up watching Lower 48ers take Alaskan salmon back to their homes and in October I took a Wyoming mule deer back to mine. Traveling to someone else’s spot to live out a dream can be a complex issue and one that often leads to debate. For every angry local about meat leaving the…

Episode 167 – The Rut Part 1

The first weekend of Rut for Sitka Blacktail deer is behind us and I went 0/2 on shots (both clean misses) with my bow, but I was seeing deer and giving myself a chance. In this episode I talk about what has worked for me as far as hunting blacktail in muskegs in high traffic…

Episode 166 – Mule Deer Recap

On Day 1, I was hoping for a 3 or maybe a 4-point buck because we had scouted an area and seen big bucks. By Day 4 I was ready to shoot a spike we called Chopstick. So much happened during the 6-day hunt in Wyoming it was difficult to get the days straight, but…

Column: Earning the local title

My buddy texted at 4 a.m. saying the hunt was a no-go. He’d been up all night and was worried he was getting run down. One of the worst things you can do as a teacher is fall behind on your health early in the school year, even when there isn’t a Pandemic. Anyway, I…

Episode 165 – Telling stories

Telling a story is easy. Telling a good story isn’t. You’re trying to convey an experience to someone who wasn’t there and a lot of times they end up being dry and detail lacking, too big on trying to make it epic or over-the top ego strokes. In this solo episode I talk about what…

Column: Duck, duck, jalapeno popper

I have to resist the temptation sometimes to wish that I had started things earlier because that might imply that my life, to that point, may have been lacking. I didn’t really start deer hunting until I was 33 years old. I didn’t start duck hunting until last year, though I owned a shot gun for over…

Episode 164 – The halfway point

All of a sudden it’s October and almost time for Wyoming mule deer. In this solo episode I talk about how fast things move, solo hunts, hoping I don’t chalk my mule deer hunt as a “learning experience”, prepping for the blacktail rut here in Alaska, duck hunting and why it’s important to have some…