Episode 117 – Hunting Muskegs

It’s rut season for Sitka blacktail deer up here in Southeast Alaska so Ryan John and I talk about how to hunt southeast Alaska muskegs. We talk scouting muskegs, what Google Earth can’t show you, the importance of hunting the entire way to the muskeg not just the muskeg itself, how long to stay, being…

Column: Lucky? Good? Who cares

Right around noon I turned into a Snickers commercial. It’s one of the most predicable events in a Lund hunting trip in October. Pre-dawn enthusiasm and first light focus gives way to frustration. My steps go from calculated and quiet to sloppy. By noon, I’m dehydrated, hungry and wondering how long I’d make it after…

Episode 115 – BONUS – Hunting ethics and success

Inspired by the dude who dropped off another dude into the cove in which we were anchored, I podcast from a secluded beach after taking a buck. I punched the tag at 8:45, so by the time I was back to the beach, I had four hours to kill before my buddies returned from their…

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…

Dude…

I thought about Matt Hamilton’s “Dude” shirt as my buddy Ryan and I ambled up the mountain’s eroded path as the sun came up. It’s the best bargain hike around, by far. The name is all the social media captain you need and, in Matt’s usage, a reference to a movie that had a cult…

Column: Stuck in the chuck

JEFF LUND/Juneau Empire I tell my students two main lies. 1. I don’t know how to have a bad time. 2. Even my bad ideas start out good. The second one isn’t really a lie, and I justify both because obviously I have bad times, but the point is to be able to capture all…

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…

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…

Episode 91 – Being a good local with Matt Hamilton

“If I had one night left, what am I going to go eat, what am I going to go drink and who do I need to go talk to?” That’s Matt Hamilton’s motto and in this episode we talk about being a good guest, good local, and the real value of being a widely-known artist….