Column: Nap time

I had abandoned the posture of a hunter and was now sprawled out on the beach using a jacket as a pillow. I contemplated a nap, thought, “Why not?” and took one. It was one of those sleeps that undulates in depth. On one end, you’re conscious of what’s going on around you, like the…

Episode 89 – Spring bear and escape philosophy

The idea of escaping reality is a tricky one because not only do you have to define escape but also reality. I touch on those as well as being alone on hunts and the coming invasion of summer tourists, of which I will be one myself this summer, so I can’t be judgmental. “The sense…

Column: Waste of a good point

The worst thing on social media is when someone you don’t like has a great point. You had this whole little topic figured out. You felt really good about yourself because you had planted your flag on a side and there were plenty of others around you so you felt really welcomed and validated. Then…

Episode 88 – Representing the cause

Enter arguments in good faith. Listen. Great points are often lost thanks to stupidity and anger. From the ethics of hunting contests to committing crimes in the name of human rights, there are always examples of extreme lengths to which some go when they believe they are wronged. The result, often times, is a loss…

Column: Get to, not away from

A student asked me why people want to go to Mars. I said for the same reason people saw a map of a flat earth with sea dragons at the edge and decided to hoist the sails and go anyway…For the same reason people wanted to head west to the new (but already inhabited) new…

Episode 86 – Commercial fishing and mentoring

Derek Meister has been punching his Alaska card since he moved to Ketchikan 7 years ago. In addition to all the typical camping, hiking, kayaking locals do, he has worked on commercial fishing boats. He is the school psychologist at Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, so we talk the benefits of a community like Ketchikan…

Column: Now we’re even

It was probably the angriest my buddy Rob and I have ever been at each other. It was the summer of 2015 and he was most of his way through a limit of silvers on the Thorne River. He glided one near the shore. I grabbed the club and swung. Water splashed. The fish swam…

Episode 85 – Science, facts, hunting and earning local status

For the past few months I’ve been listening to the Right to Roam Podcast by four guys from Wyoming. It’s not your typical hunting podcast as these guys have biology backgrounds so there’s science and facts, not just anecdote, when they get into things. We talk about being good guests, hunting ethics, social norms, earning…