Episode 55 – Kings and bucks, crisis or just a dip?

Disconcerting days for locals regarding two resources – salmon and deer. I talk about the recent reduction of deer for non-qualified hunters in Unit 2 (Federal land only) and the time change of the salmon derby in Ketchikan because of Chinook returns. Concerns over the deer population in Unit 2 lead to the change from…

Episode 52 – Hiking the Chilkoot Trail and kayaking Glacier Bay

I talk kayaking Glacier Bay, hiking the iconic Chilkoot Trail and Prince of Wales Island with four first-time visitors to Alaska (Abby Hoffman, Ian Hall, Jordan Kiler and Tanner Harms) and Klawock resident Tonya Busse. We cover trip planning, necessary gear and the importance of good people.

My favorite mountain

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – My favorite mountain is where I shot my first buck but that’s not the only reason. It’s a great bargain mountain, in that an old logging road takes you within striking distance of alpine so hikes to its upper reaches do not necessitate substantial chunks of time. My buddy Jesse and…

One’s not better than the other

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – It’s funny how a stretch of water can mark such a drastic difference in lifestyle. This, of course, is drastic within the context of still being wild southeast Alaska. We’re not talking about taking the IFA Ferry from Hollis and three hours later docking in Ft. Lauderdale. But to be sure,…

It’s more fun when you’re done

The following is my recap from the Prince of Wales International Marathon   I’m writing this column in my head as I run a half-marathon, hoping that A.) I remember great lines should they come as my feet pound the asphalt, B.) enough interesting things happen to make it worth reading and C.) it’s interesting,…

A taste of summer in April

(SitNews) Klawock, Alaska – It’s almost 8 p.m. and there is so much light I can’t help but throw up celebratory fists in triumph over my first Alaskan winter since I moved back. I don’t know if I expected to be locked into a never-ending tussle with the cold damp darkness of winter, or I…

Steelhead update

Well, it’s spring, so there are spring steelhead which of course makes it great. On the horizon is the annual salmon bonanza on the ocean and in the freshwater. guess I’ll have to make more frequent updates…

New Articles

Check out the Feb. issue of Alaska Sporting Journal for two articles, one about ringing in the new year on a wolf trapping adventure, and the other about a Kansas man who has been bringing a little bit of the Jayhawk state to the Last Frontier since the late 1980s.

What’s the howling about?

(SitNews) Klawock, Alaska – It occurred to me as I waited for Dave to pick me up to tag along as he and Elijah checked their wolf traps, how really ordinary this was for them and how little I know about the subsistence lifestyle. I’ve disappeared into the woods seeking deer or fish or just…

Back in black(s)

After 14 years of being around only in the summer, I forgot what it was like to be in Alaska during the fall. I have been terribly unproductive when it comes to writing, because after my long-term sub job ends after school, I drive to the river to catch and release really big, but really…