Spring caribou 2021

Certain elements of hunting and angling can become cliché. But some, no matter how often they are written about, filmed, or even simply mentioned, never tire.Alaskan caribou is one. The northern herds on the North Slope require a much more complicated logistical program, but for those with the coin for a fly in, or the…

Episode 186 – Public access and predators over prey?

Caleb Martin from the Alaska Outdoor Council is back to talk about the importance of science in maintaining sustainable yield populations in Alaska and protecting public use. He talks about the devastating effects of choosing predators over prey in areas that used to be rich in Dall sheep and moose. We also talk about the…

Episode 185 – Draw results, attitude and good content

The Alaska draws are out and again I drew nothing, but it really doesn’t matter. Draw time is the time to get upset at non-residents for drawing the tag locals like and that is an absolute waste of time. In this episode I talk about how insane it is to go out of our way…

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…

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…

Episode 175 – Emperor geese and duck tips

Juneau resident Dallin Hanchett is back to talk about his trip to Cold Bay earlier this month for emperor geese. In this episode we talk conservation, a brief history of the emperor goose hunt and tips for diver ducks and puddle ducks.

Column: Ticket to paradise

Sheep. Goat. Caribou. Bison.Not necessarily in that order. In fact, I really don’t know what I would choose if I drew hunting permits for them all, but I’m not going to draw any of them, so I won’t have to worry.   As a side note, hunters get trapped into thinking they have to justify what…

Episode 171 – The Freelance life

Taylor Balkom is a talented, award-winning freelance photojournalist who used to work for the Ketchikan Daily News. In this episode we talk about getting started in the freelance world, valuable experience, imposter’s syndrome, honing the craft and how giving away good content for free undermines the value of good photos and words. https://open.spotify.com/episode/0vvWMILkw8IjcSzB1ts0MF?si=e7eFKw4ARuaT4X9ludhG3g

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…