Take Action to Preserve YOUR Public Land!

Our greatest single asset is our public land! My friend Mia Sheppard works as the Oregon representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, whose mission is to "guarantee you a place to hunt and fish." Mia is calling on all of us to contact the BLM and let them know ...

Duke 1998 – 2013 RIP If Only Humans Were Half as Loyal

This past Sunday my wife and I decided it was time to put Duke our German wire hair pup down.  Nothing easy about that decision.  Duke was unquestionably loyal to me his entire life.  I wanted to return that loyalty by making sure Duke would not suffer or live in ...

A Ram on the Swing Set

I've seen some incredible things over the past year, and lucky for me I've also had a camera pointed at a few of them. Come to think of it, the things I've witnessed through a camera's viewfinder in 2012 just may break my belief in various 'camera curse' superstitions. [caption id="attachment_8746" ...

Zookeeper Outshines Trinketboy!

[caption id="attachment_8640" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Karnopp in classic hunter, kill, trophy pose"][/caption] One member of our former Oregon elk camp was very gifted when it came to locating random toys and collectibles in the woods. High in the Wallowa Mountains, he would return from his elky wanderings with a variety of items ...

Doing My Part

[caption id="attachment_8598" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Dead Hog"][/caption] In position.  Take my time.  Catch my breath.  Get comfortable.  Get solid.  Sights centered and moving up and down in tandem with breathing.  Exhale slowly watching sights lower onto target.  Breath all the way out sights are on and squeeze before next inhale.  Boom! "You got ...

Autumnal Equinox 2012

[caption id="attachment_8483" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Lemon Shark...Grizzly Bear?"][/caption] The autumnal equinox is my favorite day of the year. Forget Christmas, my birthday, or the Fourth of July, Sept. 22nd (or the 23rd some years) has brought me more gifts and produced far more grandiose displays. There’s something that takes place deep within ...

Friendship and Adventure – What Fishing is All About

  [caption id="attachment_7052" align="alignleft" width="270" caption="Holy giant pike!"][/caption] Captain Mark Engler has been a trout fishing guide for over twenty years, but his world really revolves around just two things: duck hunting and pike fishing (he is now guiding both).  So when he’s not bitching at clients to get back in their ...

Rivers Blown? Material Aquisition Time!

Raging flooding blown out rivers.  Not a good week to be an Oregon winter steelheader. When mother nature gives you lemons, it’s time to make lemon aide. Take advantage of some sheet water and flooding corn fields and sloughs. Time to go harvest some tying material, the old fashion way, ...

Thank You! Jozy Gustafson

I can’t pin-point the exact moment that my little Brittany became gun shy, but I can tell you that it was on her first hunt, shortly after she pointed her first covey of Huns, when she was 10-months old. Filled with the excitement of flushing birds and shotgun blasts, she ...

A Damn Expensive Steelhead Trip

[caption id="attachment_6087" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Opening morning"][/caption] I’ve lived in Missoula for 7 years and until the other day, had never fished the Clearwater. Sure, at minimum it’s a 2-hour drive over a dicey mountain pass, but I used to drive from Bend down that jeep trail to Macks Canyon several times ...