As a Western hunter, I am used to spot and stalk. But chasing the Coues deer of Arizona made me realize how much I still need to learn.
Essays and Stories
To many, duck hunting means mallard hunting. Not us. We don’t see many mallards. So that’s why we were willing to drive 12 hours to chase them.
Chasing steelhead is about much more than fillets on the grill. It is about taming lightning. It is about the pursuit of wildness within us.
Hunting prairie chickens in South Dakota, one of their few remaining strongholds, makes you think about how important it is to conserve this iconic bird.
Ptarmigan hunting in the Lower 48 states is an exercise in mountaineering. So if you want to hunt them, you need to climb mountains.
Hauling commercial hand trolling gear on my friend’s boat gave me a whiff of days past as a deckhand. Hard work felt good. So did catching fish.
I am not a fly fisherman. I don’t like kayaks. I am scared of grizzly bears. But in search of trout, I bested all three of these fears and hangups.
Never have I gone so far, or endured so much, for so little. But do I regret my trip to the Canadian Rockies? Not in the slightest.