Episode 157 – Trolling for salmon and alpine prep

There’s a silver salmon derby this weekend, but I’ll be up on a mountain looking for a goat or buck. In this episode I talk personal preference when it comes to trolling up salmon, seeing alpine terrain for the first time, and all the chores around the house – dehydrating salmon, cooking venison leftovers, bleaching…

Episode 156 – Early season recap

Photo by Jess Johnson Jaden Bales (the Wyoming correspondent) and I talk the benefits of technology and how technology has also ruined hunts. Without it I wouldn’t have made it through the fog and up the mountain to the alpine where I shot my second buck of the year and proposed to my girlfriend Abby….

Episode 155 – Hiking, Habits and Cheetos

Well it’s August, which means all previous routines have been disrupted by the delightful cycle of fishing and hunting trips. But that can make it difficult to keep up with previous positive habits when new habits are formed. Habits like bringing Cheetos as a snack.

Episode 153 – Opening day errors

“Keep Hammering” is the battle cry for those embracing a tough hunt. However, sometimes I hear, “Get a burger” because I’m mentally weak or the miles and failing stalks are adding up. In this episode I discuss three mistakes from my opening day hunting trip. I didn’t miss out on a huge buck or do…

Column: The best month according to my truth

In a non-scientific study intended to deliver the results I desired, I discovered that August is the most desired month in Southeast Alaska. I collected a staggering amount of data that supported my hypothesis and ignored anything that might prevent me from reaching my desired conclusion. I made diligent observations in my head over a…

Episode 150 – Mountain Goat Preview

My buddy Ryan John and I both have plans to chase mountain goats on over the counter tags in August. In this episode we talk our strategies, what he’s learned, how goat hunting is different than alpine deer, why he no longer weighs his pack during training hikes, and the considerations that come with hunting…

Column: Brake-fest

I’ve always known I could go over the handle bars. That’s what kept me from really opening things up when heading down hills on my mountain bike. I imagine crazy hypotheticals such as a brake breaking, a tire coming off or a list of other catastrophes that end up with me flying. I assume this…

Episode 145 – Boat ownership and travel

I extended my range by buying a 2008 North River in November. Since then I’ve been learning as I go and sharing what limited knowledge I have about shopping, boats and the fears of catastrophe with friends who are in the market.  

Episode 139 – Overused terms and hunting grouse

“Weird” “strange” and “crazy” are some of the most used words these days. This is because there really isn’t anything else to describe what’s going on and using a thesaurus to find a synonym doesn’t really make anything better. I escaped my pandemic-induced lethargic week of distance teaching with a weekend in the woods chasing…