Column: Why I love September

Watching the bears play on Sunday made me realize that September is one of my favorite months. It’s not that I want summer to end or that I hate tourists (the local economy would be crippled without them) but it is nice to get our city back, so to speak. The pace of life slows….

Episode 109 – Fair game or bear theft?

Ryan and I were glassing for black bears and two dudes appeared. I went over to them, introduced myself and asked what their plan was so we wouldn’t be in the way of each other. They said they were heading to a different peak. We told them we were hunting the bowl in front of…

Episode 103 – Opening Day Recap, Forkie vs. Four

Opening Day in the alpine did not disappoint, but it didn’t exactly go as planned for Fairbanks resident Steve Shannon and myself. We recap our hunt, but thanks to a lack of specifics and more closing thoughts, I recorded a preface which comes before the recap. In that preamble I talk about why doing hard…

Episode 102 – The Heart of Hunting

Steve Frith from The Heart of Hunting and I talk filming hunts, how to get started and why a good eye beats expensive gear. Steve recently released the short film of Harrison Gottschling’s Dall sheep hunt. Harrison told the story of his hunt on Episode 58 of this podcast.

Episode 101 – From Trout Fest to the Alpine Obsession

After fishing 7 rivers in 4 states over the last 15 days, Trout Fest 2019 is over and it’s time to get into the alpine for blacktail bucks. In this short episode I talk about the importance of always having something to look forward to, and why it’s impossible to say one is better than…

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…

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…

Episode 84 – Routines and senior quote lifestyles

You know when people like quotes because it represents a lifestyle they wish they led, and then you think, ‘Wait a minute…is that me?’ and you immediately head to the woods or river? In this episode I talk about distraction vs. happiness, getting a specific adventure spot dialed in vs. seeing new territory, pondering the…