Big Game

4 Common Bear Myths Busted!

  Few animals in North America have inspired as much lore and misunderstanding as the bear. Both Black Bears and Brown Bears/Grizzlies are subject of innumerable stories and legends, and inspire a torrent of advice on everything from how to hunt them to how to defend yourself from a marauding attack. Fortunately, as in many stories, the reality of hunting bears is significantly less dubious than what you might hear. Here are 4 common myths about bear hunting that I hear on a regular basis, and my experience directly contradicts them.   Myth #1: Bears are tough (or nearly impossible) ...Read More

3 Tips for Tracking Wounded Bears

With spring bear season just over the horizon, there are many hunters chomping at the bit to get back out in the woods after a long winter. Bears are different than other animals like deer and elk in many ways, especially after the shot. Although general good tracking and blood-trailing principles are still just as valid, there are some key differences. Taking to the field, you want to give yourself the best chance of recovering even poorly hit animals. Over the years, I’ve tracked and recovered a lot of bears, even poorly hit bears. There are 3 key things I take into consideration to find a b...Read More

Midwest Whitetail Shed Hunting

As winter loosens its grip and the snow recedes, signs of a new season begin to appear.   New anticipation that is lined with excitement revives our souls as deer enthusiasts.   Shed hunting is the light at the end of winters tunnel. During the off-season winter months, the bucks we perused, never seen, and even the bucks we didn’t know existed, begin leaving behind a little piece of themselves.   Shed antlers are like our fingerprints, no two are alike and each is unique to a specific animal.   These small treasures are scattered across the vast and varying landscapes that surround us. ...Read More

Bears in the Grass

Spring; Glorious SPRING!  It’s a time many Alaskans (or anyone from a northern climate) patiently waits for.  Spring in Alaska means many things to me, as well as other men and women here who, like me, live by hook and bullet. It’s a time to fill the freezer with some of the best Alaska has to offer: Shrimp, halibut, king salmon and black bear meat. Mid-February is when we are first teased as one notices the daylight lingering just a bit more every day (approximately 3-minutes per day in February). March almost always has a week of winter weather that makes one feel like spring may never make ...Read More