Episode 94 -Betting on yourself in life and hunting

From a tiny town on an island in southeast Alaska to graduating from medical school from the University of Washington. My buddy Stephen Ellison had plenty of excuses at his disposal. However, he refused to listen to any of them. He weekend warrior hunts Dall sheep, moose and took me to his special blacktail deer…

Column: Don’t be afraid to fail

I try to talk myself out of a lot of things. One might mistake it for being cautious or safe, but I know that’s not always true. My childhood memories on the ocean are always synonymous with some level of disaster. My brother and I look back and laugh, but I wonder how Dad felt….

Episode 92 – Chasing likes and being legit

I recently checked my social media and podcast motives…am I in this for likes and money? If so, I need to check myself because if I need likes or sponsors to feel validated, I’m screwed. I also continue to try and put word to the need to the idea of making it easier for hunter…

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…

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…