Returning to My Roots

July 10, 2013

This article originally appeared July 10, 2013 in the Weiser Signal American. Sometimes there are places and events from our childhood we wish we could experience again, sometimes because our perception has changed and sometimes because we wish to experience the thrill again. My childhood was filed with trips to the mountains – the Strawberry […]

Breaking the Mold

October 9, 2012

I grew up immersed in hunting culture.  My family hunted, I hunted, and nearly everyone I went to school with hunted.  Hunting has never been an activity I’ve questioned or thought of as out of the ordinary.  I’m more comfortable with the pungent smell of a paunch shot than I am driving in city traffic. […]

On the Edge: My Quest for Balance

September 5, 2012

I was a long ways from the comforts of home and I was in a position I hadn’t desired nor anticipated when I had rolled out of my sleeping bag that morning. It was late afternoon on an archery elk hunt 12 miles into the backcountry of Oregon when I’d caught a glimpse of a […]

Confessions of a Meat Hunter

August 23, 2012

The thought never crossed my mind to let the forky walk.  By the time I could have asked myself to begin the debate, it would have already been too late.  The thrill of seeing a buck – any buck – still grips me after 15 years of repeated exposure, and with great effort I calmed […]

Ground Shrinkage: It Happens, but Does it Matter?

April 27, 2012

This past week, I filled my 2012 spring bear tag. The tag is a difficult one to draw (for the past 5 years it has been drawing at about a 15% rate) and I filled my tag with a full month left in the season. When I shot the bear from 180 yards away, I […]