KUIU Chugach Rain Gear – The Ultimate In Awesomeness!

I hunt in Oregon, all seasons, all weather, and it rains here a lot. Staying dry while hunting/hiking is difficult because if the rain gear is too heavy, then you get hot and soaked with sweat. When moving through heavy brush, “breathable” rain gear (like gore-tex) can load up with water and soak through. Balancing …

Banjo’s First Upland Bird Hunt

Bird hunting season is in full swing here in Oregon, with opportunities to hunt upland birds (grouse, quail, pheasant, chukar, hungarian partridge) and waterfowl (ducks and geese). My elk hunting buddy, Brandon, is a die hard upland bird hunter and when he invited me on a hunt last week, I jumped in the truck and …

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 …

Black Bears

During my recent elk hunting trip, we had a couple black bear encounters. This bear was feeding on currant berries very close to the trail I was hiking on. I accidentally spooked the bear as I walked up and it ran out about 20 yards, turned and watched me. The wind was blowing from the …

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 …

Gun Dog Banjo – My Best Good Buddy

Meet my best good buddy, Banjo. He’s a four-year-old purebred golden retriever who is getting ready for his second season as a gun dog. Banjo loves being outdoors, getting wet and muddy, and chasing birds. Oregon has 107 days of duck hunting fun, starting in mid-October and Banjo has been training steadily in preparation. Waterfowl …

Mmmm…That Fresh Buck Goat Smell

If you’ve ever been around goats at a petting zoo or a maybe on a farm, chances are you have not been around a buck goat at those places. Just to clarify terminology, male goats with their testicles intact are called bucks (or “bucklings” when less than full grown) and goats with their breeding tackle …

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 …

Training Hike

Packgoats get out of shape just like we do. Mine spend the winter in the barn being lazy while me and my dog, Banjo, are out chasing ducks and geese. It’s spring now and time for all of us to get back in shape, so I decided to check out the Elk Mountain trail, off …