015 10,000 Miles on The Haul Road with Steve Opat



Steve Opat is an 8-year veteran of hunting in Alaska and has been involved in 40+ successful big game hunts in Alaska including over a dozen trips up the Haul Road for caribou.  He has also successfully hunted Moose, Dall Sheep, Mtn Goat, Muskox, Black Bear, Grizzly Bear and more.

In this episode Steve and I swap stories about one of Steve’s favorite hunts in all of Alaska, the Haul Road Caribou hunt.  Steve refers to this hunt as “iconic Alaska” due to its combination of a harsh, but beautiful landscape, an epic road trip, a large caribou herd and the relatively low cost and easy access for the average hunter.

Listen in as we discuss where the Haul Road is, what its like to venture north on the most remote stretch of highway in the United States, and what awaits the opportunistic hunter on the Arctic Tundra of the North Slope.

 

Steve with the bull he refers to as “The Blob”

Steve with a solid caribou from the Haul Road

“The Blob” before he was killed by Steve.  This pic was taken by another hunter who passed on this bull while looking for a bull with big tops


014 Adak Caribou Hunt Recap with Micah Ness and Dustin Coy



I sit down with Micah Ness from Silverline Films and my buddy Dustin Coy from Washington State and we recap our Adak Island caribou hunting adventure.  We tell stories from the hunt plus behind the scenes explanations of what went down while filming Adak: The Winds Of Homecoming.

Abe and Dustin glass for caribou on Adak Island

Dustin and Abe paddle gear and Dustin’s caribou back to town in their Alapacka Rafts

Setting up camp on the last night of the hunt

 


013 The Seven Doors Of Doom with Cory Herendeen and Dustin Coy



Cory Herendeen is the owner of Aleutian Outfitters specializing in transported caribou hunts and guided fishing and duck hunting trips on Adak Island.

Cory has been hunting and fishing on Adak Island for the past 12 years.

 

Cory Herendeen holds a large octupus caught near Adak Island in the Bering Sea

 


012 Monster Caribou with Allen Bolen



Allen Bolen is the CEO of AMP SMART, part owner of Bolen Lewis Guiding Co., and accomplished bowhunter.  Allen has harvested 4 Boone & Crockett class caribou species with a bow including the new #3 Pope and Young Central Barren Ground caribou.

Allen Bolen with the new #3 Pope & Young Central Barren Ground Caribou
Allen Bolen with an archery harvested B&C class Quebec Labrador Caribou
Allen Bolen with an archery harvested B&C class Barren Ground Caribou
Allen Bolen with an archery harvested B&C class Woodland Caribou

 


011 Wish We Were On Adak with Dustin Coy and Micah Ness



 

Dusting Coy is a builder, hunter, husband and father of many children.  You can find Dustin on IG @coydustin and @cascades_hunting

Micah Ness is a photographer and film maker.  He can be found at www.silverlinefilm.com and on IG @silverlinefilms and @wildernesspro

Together, we sit down in Anchorage after a flight delay and discuss our upcoming hunt on Adak Island.

If this hunt sounds interesting, check out the Adak Island Caribou Guide at www.huntalaskadiy.com  It goes through every detail of planning a hunt on Adak Island and is now available for pre-order.

 


HendFam Stories – Cooper Landing, Alaska “The Road Podcast”



The whole Henderson family is driving home from some real good fishing’ on the Russian River.  We are passing through Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula, talking about flossing reds and fighting strong fish in the current.  There is a cooler full of sockeye fillets in the back of Juno, our green Ford Excursion and we are headed north to our next adventure.

This episode was recorded on June 28th, 2018.  I’m a bit late getting it out but I hope you enjoy some of our family shenanigans 🙂

Cheers!


010 Mark Huelsing of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast



Mark Huelsing is a husband to one very patient and understanding woman, a father to two amazing kids, a hunter, an explorer, a wanderer, a thinker and a writer.

Mark loves to share his passion for the outdoors with others through stories of success and failure. He has written for various publications including Field & Stream, Petersen’s BOWHUNTING MagazineExtreme ElkBowhunting.comWired to Hunt, Rokslide, and many others.

Mark is the host of the Hunt Backcountry Podcast.

You can find Mark at https://exomountaingear.com/podcast/ and  http://soleadventure.com

Mark Huelsing is taller than he sounds :- )


009 Bjorn Olson and Kim McNett



Bjørn Olson has made an art of wilderness bikepacking in Alaska. He envisions coastal shorelines, frozen rivers, game trails, and tundra as opportunities to explore ambitious new routes to cycle in all seasons. Combining packrafts with fatbikes, Bjørn and partners have pedaled and paddled their ways through long wilderness adventures with their “go-light, go-far” ethic.

Bjørn is a renaissance Alaskan adventurer. The son of a hunting guide, he is an accomplished sea kayaker, he plays in rock gardens, surfs winter shore break, and has circumnavigated the rugged coast of southcentral Alaska to Kodiak.  He embraces mountaineering, back-country snowboarding, and even rough terrain unicycling as ways to experience the Alaskan wilds.

Bjorn can be found at http://www.mjolnirofbjorn.com

Kim McNett is a lifelong naturalist, and has been sharing and interpreting Alaska’s natural beauty through art, education, and guiding since she transplanted from her home state of Washington in 2009. Diversity of wildlife, ecosystems, and native cultures fuels her curiosity and inquiry of the natural world, and her illustrations document its detail and intricacy. Through guiding, educating youth, and interpretive artwork, Kim encourages a sense of awareness and stewardship for our remaining wild places.

From sea kayak touring to winter fatbiking, Kim and Bjorn are either on a wild adventure, or in the midst of preparing for one.

Kim and her artwork can be found at https://www.kimsnaturedrawings.com


008 Bretwood “Hig” Higman and Erin McKittrick



Bretwood “Hig” Higman has a PhD in Geology and his partner Erin McKittrick has a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology. 

Together Hig and Erin are known for trekking long distances in Alaska by foot and packraft, including a one-year trek from Seattle, Washington to the end of the Alaska Peninsula, approximately 4,000 miles. 

In 2013, Hig and Erin journeyed approximately 800 miles around the Cook Inlet with their two children, Katmai (4) and Lituya (2).  Katmai walked every step of the journey.

Erin has authored four books about their adventures including Mud Flats And Fish Camps.  Together they run the non-profit, Ground Truth Trekking.  They can be found at www.groundtruthtrekking.org

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering on the the trail building crew this summer in Alaska with Hig and Erin, you can contact Hig at hig314@gmail.com.

 

NOTE: I’m currently behind on podcast episodes (SURPRISE) due to living an awesome life in Alaska far away from computers and WIFI!   As a result, I’m going to be streamlining my podcast release process which, unfortunately, means that I will be including less information in the show notes.  Please let me know if you miss the show notes terribly.  Otherwise the next several episode descriptions will look very similar to this one.

I hope that you continue to enjoy my conversations with the interesting and awesome folks who I am fortunate to meet in my journeys.

Cheers, Abe.