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…

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…

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…

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…

Episode 75 – “Obsolete” Man Skills

For this episode I’m a total sucker because I’m promoting an article by reacting to it. Anyway, there’s a list of 7 obsolete man skills that the 21st Century Man should abandon “if you’re at all interested in being ahead of the curve” that I think embodies the disjointed, unclear message regarding who men are…

Episode 74 – Failing with grace

Dry spells happen. My current dry spell is something unlike any dry spell I have experienced as a hunter and angler. Unfortunately it has coincided with two visits from my girlfriend. I hope she doesn’t think I’m a bad Alaskan.

Column: Hunting in the age of trolls

So, a guy got mauled by a brown bear and told the story on a podcast. He told the story about the…tender areas… in which he was bit. It was incredible not only that the guy lived, but that he was so lucid during the experience. He said he reasoned himself through the bites and…

Episode 73 – Who am I?

As an outdoorsman and dude in general, I have to care about what the right people think of me and how I represent my lifestyle. Over the last 2 years I have realized just how important it is to not be careless in how I spend my hours or how I represent my lifestyle. I…

Column: Less, but better

There are two years in one in Alaska. Not seasons, years. There’s your work year and your recreational year. When I lived in California there was a fishing season and a hunting season, but the hunting season was just a few weeks and I shared my region (comparable, maybe, to one of the southeast Alaska…