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…

Column: Otter squatter

An otter took up residence in my boat. I am assuming it was an otter because of the shell fragments in the runny excretions left in the forward stowage of my 21-foot North River soft top Seahawk. I’d like to skin the otter for weaseling its way in there, but I guess I can’t really…

Episode 179 – Influence, throwing up and leaderboards

Danny Lehr is the co-founder of Caffeine and Kilos, Excel Health and Fitness in Manteca, California, and the good friend who recommended I start a website and podcast. In this episode we talk about how pacing in stupid, growing a business, positive influences, throwing up, flipping dollar bills, and being on a king salmon derby…

Episode 178 – Winter caribou?

Caribou has always been on the list, but winter caribou seems like the type of Alaskan hunt I need to experience. In this solo episode I blame my Fairbanks buddies for my lack of self-control when it comes to seeking out Alaskan experiences. And yes, I know March is spring, but when the highs are…

Column: The Modern Walter Mitty

Dreams of the modern Walter Mitty are not known only to himself. He scrolls through Instagram for ideas, and when it’s time, fabricates a protagonist to be not only shared, but validated by anyone who cares to give it a Like. It’s the life he wishes he lived. At some point, that’s the overwhelming majority…

Episode 176 – The dark cloud

For some, the outdoors are an escape from an existence void of the type of purpose and excitement that make them feel happy to be alive. They are dependent on a hunt, hike or fishing trip that will make the dark cloud go away, but unless reality is fulfilling, the dark cloud will return. In…