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…

Column: There’s no place like home

Every once in a while, I count the months and discover it’s been months since I went into the world. Went Outside. Flew to the Lower 48. Whatever you want to call it. It’s Thursday night, a week before this will be printed, and I’m preparing myself. The plan is a few days in Laramie,…

Episode 82 – Acceptable Contradictions

There’s nothing wrong with asking yourself questions…think about why someone might hate hunting, why fly fishing is cruel or why the Alaska Marine Highway is just a luxury. When you digest those points of view you come out with a better understanding of what you believe, you change your world view,  or end up really…

Column: The happy life of an average Alaskan

There’s a difference between accepting your fate and giving up. I’ve come to the realization that my particular place in the outdoor world isn’t going to be the expert of anything except maybe that “get back on the horse” metaphor. I can do things well enough to be successful and have fun, but there will…

Episode 80 – Noise, politics, happiness and manipulation

In the last two years I have paid much more attention to what it means to “love the outdoors” and the debates surrounding how that should best be done. In this episode I talk about social pressure for the government to regulate rather than preserve freedom,  the freedom to define happiness, and the freedom to…

Column: New to me

When I was a kid, there were spots on the Klawock River I thought were secret. Where no one else went because they didn’t know about it. Sure, the trail that had been made by boots other than ours, but those are the wrong details to be concerned with. There was no asphalt turn out…

Episode 79 – Making the most of your voice

In this episode I talk with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers board member Steve Shannon about the importance of making the most out of your voice since most politicians don’t read your Facebook feed to find out about important issues. We also talk about drawing tags, sharing information, and how best to represent our lifestyle as…