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Seeing is Believing

I remember the day I first saw Joe Riis’s portfolio of migration photography. He’d spent over six years hiking to remote places, installing and managing motion-sensored cameras, and concealing himself in blinds to capture a body of work that told the story of migration.

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Seeing is Believing

I remember the day I first saw Joe Riis’s portfolio of migration photography. He’d spent over six years hiking to remote places, installing and managing motion-sensored cameras, and concealing himself in blinds to capture a body of work that told the story of migration.

Inalienable Beliefs of a Waterfowler

Control is an illusion. Nothing proves that more than our relationship with water. Too much and there are floods; homes are destroyed and crops are ruined. Too little and agricultural fields become stunted and withered; people go hungry and the land burns.

The Big Woods

I am drawn to the allure of the big woods, the mountainous environment in parts of the Appalachians. In the Eastern United States, it’s the closest thing that I’ve found to adventure deep in the wilderness away from lights and sounds. Much of this area is public land for all to explore, camp, hunt, and fish. The valley floors are scattered with hemlock trees, beaver dams, and meandering streams.

Beyond the Layers

If someone had told me in my early twenties that hunting would lead me to some of my biggest learnings, my most gratifying experiences and give me a profound perspective about the world, I would have laughed them off.

Building a Retriever

A remarkable devotion exists with each of my Labradors, curated around the ideal of the perfect retrieve. When I reminisce on my past, each pup has bestowed me with a great balance, all while I endeavor to provide them with the best life possible.

Student of the Wind

Dark Hollow was uninviting at 5:00 AM on the cold predawn of November 7th. I'd given the neglected pasture that name as it had transformed over two decades into a labyrinth of thorn-infested honey locust and multiflora rose. If the devil designed a forest, this was it, and I sure as hell wasn’t welcome.

The Silence Game

There are two types of whitetail bowhunters: those who consistently get close to mature whitetails, and those who don’t. It’s that simple.

Waterfowl Off Season Power List

Let’s be honest, waterfowl hunters beat the hell out of their gear. It’s not out of negligence or apathy, it’s a byproduct of our relentless pursuit. Find the birds, gain access, make a plan, build a hide, set a spread, hunt it out, clean it up, process birds, find the birds, find the birds, find the birds…and so the season goes.

Constant Evolution — What My Sitka System Looks Like in 2022

Gear selection on expedition-style hunts is make or break and a clothing system is a critical component. My list is under constant scrutiny and dynamic, informed by cumulative lessons learned, sandwiched between the rarely occurring mountainside epiphany.

Minimizing Weight for The Backcountry

Learning to cut weight from your gear and not compromise your safety is a learned skill. After scrutinizing your pack list, it's easy to assemble a large pile of equipment. It's more challenging to focus on the little things that conspire against you, adding unnecessary weight and bulk. Ounces equal pounds, and the little things add up quickly.

Whole Grilled Catfish & Curried Vegetables

This is an easy to execute dish that would work equally well on a stovetop or at a campfire. It’s an ode to simple food, found close to home, that’s eaten at the peak of freshness. References to meals very much like it can be found in dishes from places as varied as India, Nigeria, the Caribbean and France.

Morel Mushroom Pizza

If Mother Nature stays on our side, British Columbia will have an unprecedented morel mushroom bonanza from late May until the end of June. Morel mushrooms are a prized delicacy in restaurants and kitchens worldwide. By the end of last year, 1,600 wildfires ravaged 870,000 hectares of land because of climate change, decades of fire suppression and unprecedented temperatures. In the ashes of wildfires or other natural areas impacted by intense burning, bumper crops of morel mushrooms can grow—although it’s never a guarantee.