I Have Elk Fever!

Archery elk season opens here in Oregon this week and I’m so excited, I can’t hardly stand it. The weather has just started to turn “elky”: cool nights and warm days. Without looking at a calendar, I know elk season is upon us and I look forward to it every year. The pre-season excitement grips …

Siskiyou Outback 15k – Part II

I signed up for the SOB 15k on the morning of the first day when the online registration opened. It had been on my calendar for months and I wanted to be sure and reserve my place at the asylum. More than that, signing up meant I was committing to see the race through. None …

Siskiyou Outback 15k – Part I

Three years ago, I got this wild idea that I wanted to run the Siskiyou Outback (SOB) 15k trail run near the Oregon/California border. The run is an annual event in July and since I start bowhunting elk at the end of August, the SOB seemed like good motivation to get in shape for chasing …

Brother Owen 1972 – 2012

My brother, Owen Alford, lost his battle with cancer on March 26th, 2012 (OwenAlford.wordpress.com). We were life-long friends. Owen followed me into bowhunting several years ago, bagged a blacktail buck, and then set his bow aside for several years while he worked nights and went to school during the day. It was always his intention …

Backcountry Elk Hunt 2011

Question: what kind of whackos spend 15 days in the backcountry drinking muddy iodine-flavored water, eating the same food day after day, and chasing elk from dark until dark? You guessed it: the same two guys and eight goats who went to Hells Canyon for a spring bear hunt. Why? Because IT ROCKS! Archery elk …