Solo Hunting: The Challenges are Real, The Rewards are Great

In my near 3 decades of hunting and backcountry experiences,  I've hit a point in life where I actually prefer to hunt alone. The solitude I enjoy in the wild creates an intense appreciation for all things nature offers. Loneliness gives way to clarity,  which allows me to fully appreciate and understand the meaning of why I'm there.  It’s also true that I’m a born introvert.  I feel energized by time alone with just my thoughts. NIn my near 3 decades of hunting and backcountry experiences,  I've hit a point in life where I actually prefer to hunt alone. The solitude I enjoy in the wild creates an intense appreciation for all things nature offers. Loneliness gives way to clarity,  which allows me to fully appreciate and understand the meaning of why I'm there.  It’s also true that I’m a born introvert.  I feel energized by time alone with just my thoughts. No outside voices or influence, other than the sometimes deafening sound of creeks, storms or wildlife.o outside voices or influence, other than the sometimes deafening sound of creeks, storms or wildlife.

What Makes a Marriage Last? A List 20 Years in the Making

What Makes a Marriage Last?  A List 20 Years in the Making

Today is my 20th wedding anniversary.  I didn’t wake up to flowers, breakfast in bed, or on a beach in Costa Rica.  My morning consisted of doing dishes, folding laundry, cooking breakfast, feeding the chickens, hanging with my girls, and writing this blog.  Ryan didn’t get a day off, a good morning kiss, or breakfast at all- he had to wake at 3 am to go to work because it’s  Wednesday, a sturgeon opener,  and he has a lot of people at work counting on him. We didn’t get each other gifts, we didn’t have an elaborate plan, or a plan at all.  This is called life, and it’s not an Instagram dream.

Man As Hunter: The Hormonal Fluctuations of the Hunting Experience

Man As Hunter: The Hormonal Fluctuations of the Hunting Experience

If you are a male hunter, or are in a relationship with one, it’s obvious that biochemistry takes control over one’s mind and body when it’s time to go into the backcountry.    For many thousands of years, man was raised to be part of nature and it’s cycles, and with the changes of the seasons, the male’s  hormonal system adapted to the ways of living that demanded fitness, focus, and fortitude.  

The War on Masculinity and Ten Ways to Help Fight It

The War on Masculinity and Ten Ways to Help Fight It

The number one question that I get asked about is “What about my hormones?”  In the world today, almost every disorder, disease, or symptom has been related to a hormone dysfunction, and so naturally people think they need to fix their hormones.  In most cases hormones become a big issue when one is trying to lose weight, gain muscle, increase libido, or get pregnant.  But how much to do many people really know or UNDERSTAND what a hormone is, what it does, and why it’s important?    Improving energy, mood, sex drive, and body composition means you need to understand your hormones, and how you can help them throughout the natural aging process.

The Mistress Who Stole My Husband: My Reflection on Coming To Grips with Loving a Hunter

The Mistress Who Stole My Husband: My Reflection on Coming To Grips with Loving a Hunter

This  is a long blog.  Really, it’s a story.  One that has taken me nearly 20 years to write.  If you don’t have a relationship in your life, then this story may not interest you, but if you love, are, or know anyone who has a passion greater than most, you may get something from it. It wasn’t an easy story to live or write about.  It’s not easy to share our flaws, our secrets, our fears.

More Than Meat?

More Than Meat?

Ever get that question “Dude why do you hunt?”  It’s an unavoidable reality in today’s world where so many have become completely disconnected with what’s actually getting crammed down their piehole. It’s fashionable today to go with the easiest answer  “I hunt for the meat.”  Yes, it’s true, I myself do hunt to feed my family.