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 …

Let’s go drinkin! (…water that is…)

On multi-day, backcountry hunts, having a source of drinking water is an important issue. Water weighs a lot, so it’s not feasible to carry enough to last more than a couple of days. Water in the woods can also be infected with nasty things like giardia, e-coli, and parasites, so drinking that “fresh” mountain spring …

Spring Bear Hunt – Part II

Bear hunting is all about figuring out what bears like to eat, finding their food source, and waiting for the bears to show up. Bears eat whatever is nutritious and abundant at the time, so the food sources keep changing month to month. We glassed and glassed the green hillsides and valleys, looking for bears. …

Spring Bear Hunt – Part I

Spring is a new beginning and with that comes another chance to chase brother bear around the countryside. Me and my buddy, Brandon, did just that over the Memorial Day weekend. We love the Hells Canyon country on the border between Oregon and Idaho and spring bear season gives us an excuse to hike in …

Santa Rosa Island

This week I’m going to take a break from goat stories and share some photos and comments about my recent trip to Santa Rosa Island, California. Santa Rosa Island (SRI) is part of the Channel Islands National Park, located off the Ventura coast. The official Park Service website is here: I visited SRI at the …