Column: Why I love September

Watching the bears play on Sunday made me realize that September is one of my favorite months. It’s not that I want summer to end or that I hate tourists (the local economy would be crippled without them) but it is nice to get our city back, so to speak. The pace of life slows….

Episode 109 – Fair game or bear theft?

Ryan and I were glassing for black bears and two dudes appeared. I went over to them, introduced myself and asked what their plan was so we wouldn’t be in the way of each other. They said they were heading to a different peak. We told them we were hunting the bowl in front of…

Episode 108 – Who is in charge?

Human history is filled with heart-felt good and unfathomable evil. Unfortunately, that will continue. As a whole, we will do evil to others and evil to ourselves. However, individually we can find ways to fight it. Plenty of people have found ways to live healthy, fulfilling lives. It is not impossible to be healthy and…

Dude…

I thought about Matt Hamilton’s “Dude” shirt as my buddy Ryan and I ambled up the mountain’s eroded path as the sun came up. It’s the best bargain hike around, by far. The name is all the social media captain you need and, in Matt’s usage, a reference to a movie that had a cult…

Column: Stuck in the chuck

JEFF LUND/Juneau Empire I tell my students two main lies. 1. I don’t know how to have a bad time. 2. Even my bad ideas start out good. The second one isn’t really a lie, and I justify both because obviously I have bad times, but the point is to be able to capture all…

Episode 106 – Which boat is best?

I call it Episode 105, but it’s really 106. Anyway, I’m selling my 15-foot Boston Whaler with a 70 hp Yamaha (200 hours) and looking at upgrading to a mid-level boat to extend my range. I am primarily looking for a boat from which to hunt, camp and set pots, with fishing coming a close…

Column: The fun in hunting is misery

When you’re back home and the meat is processed and in the freezer, it’s easy to post, comment or otherwise communicate to everyone in your circle that the misery of alpine hunting or hunting in general, is worth it. I tried something different. As I was leaning on my trekking poles, cautiously making my way…

Episode 105 – From the Narrows to The Bay

How does a student from Ketchikan High School measure up against students from the Lower 48? Pretty well. I talk with 2018 Ketchikan High School Valedictorian Largim Zhuta. As a senior Largim was part of the 2018 High School Academic Decathlon Division III National Championship team and just finished his freshman year at Santa Clara…

Episode 104 – Telling good stories

I’ve always liked reading and listening to hunters and anglers who tell stories with their audience, not their ego, in mind. A good hunting story is about a little bit of suffering, a little honesty and just the right embellishment. With blacktail deer season 11 days old, hunters have some great stories that I love…