Arizona Backcountry Desert Mule Deer Hunt

Arizona Backcountry Desert Mule Deer Hunt

As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list. ~ John Eliot   There is only one certain thing in life and that is the certainty of change. Over the last two years I’ve had a son, bought a house, dissolved a...
Training to Become a Solo Backcountry Hunter

Training to Become a Solo Backcountry Hunter

If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse. ~ Jim Rohn   Backcountry hunter. That title is getting thrown around a lot these days. Visions of ourselves, battling it out deep in the mountains. Digging our feet into...
Hunting Chukar on the Western Slope of Colorado

Hunting Chukar on the Western Slope of Colorado

Chasing the Sun   “Chukar in Colorado huh?” I reply into the phone at Bryce’s request to go chase something new. I’m a bit leary. I’ve seen one or two of them scampering around the fractured desert back in the day of mashing gears on my mountain bike. I was...
Hunting Dusky Grouse in Colorado

Hunting Dusky Grouse in Colorado

Permission Granted   “My permission slip is signed, pick me up at 3:00 am.” I whisper into the phone held tightly to my ear, not wanting Hazel to hear me in fear she might change her mind. Looking at my newborn in my other hand I think to myself, honestly, she...
Chasing Mule Deer in the High Country of Colorado

Chasing Mule Deer in the High Country of Colorado

Five Days In   “This is it, this is the one”, I think as I peek down the steep cliffside at a massive 3×4 mule deer. Christ, I blew enough stalks in the last five days, the odds have to be in my favor at this point or so I tell myself. This has got to be the...
Brain Leather

Brain Leather

Do the thing and you will have the power. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Vague at best. Yet ever since I first mouthed that sentence, it has crept into the stem that holds my brain in place with increasing frequency. I find myself subconsciously repeating this little...
Ape Encounter at the Rhinoceros’s Headquarters

Ape Encounter at the Rhinoceros’s Headquarters

A steady wall of snow pounds my windshield as I drive to an appointment at the warehouse district of Denver.  Any form of outdoor activity has been thrown out the window for the day–playing with snow at this time of year is about as appealing to me as driving in...
New Mexico Pig

New Mexico Pig

This time of year has been known to set me off in a panic. Just when I should be mellowing out after a long season, my inner conscious of a locomotive goes crashing into my thoughts without attempting to even pump the brakes. “Hey dipshit, it ain’t over until you say...
Tomorrow

Tomorrow

I’ve learned to hate that word, tomorrow. It’s never really sat well with me, not when I was a kid and not now. “Don’t worry sweetie, we’ll go tomorrow.” I’d hear and wonder to myself why tomorrow was a better option than...