O Brother Bear Where Art Thou?

Every other year, we are able to draw eastern Oregon spring bear tags and this year, we hunted five days in the mountains. Once we left the truck at the trail head, we never saw another human and that’s exactly the way I like it. I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that we …

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 …

Turkey Teamwork

It’s a beautiful thing when a plan comes together and last weekend, our plan turned into turkey dinner. Me and fellow packgoat maniac, Brandon Arn, and turkey master, Chad Gooch, headed to eastern Oregon for a weekend chasing wild turkeys. People who have never hunted wild turkeys sometimes mistakenly equate them with the docile domestic …

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 …