• Come by it Honestly: Born into Bull Riding, by Sam Raetz
  • Wilderness, a River, and My Old Man, by Peter Hall
  • Blue Heron Lodge, Forks, WA
  • Westland Distillery: Seattle's source for single malt whiskey
 
   
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Come by It Honestly: Born into Bull Riding


Rodeo culture is often synonymous with small-town America: Everyone knows everyone, a strong work ethic is the norm, and more often than not, children pursue the same profession as their parents. The more time spent around the bucking chutes, the more apparent it becomes that bull riding is as vital to a family’s lineage as their last name. For better or worse, it’s who they are.

At first glance, the life of a professional bull rider seemingly comes down to the eight seconds they spend [hopefully] atop two thousand pounds of muscle and rage; however, it’s more complex than that. For the cowboys who are serious about making a name for themselves, it’s their commitment to the grinding lifestyle...

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Wilderness, a River, and My Old Man

Wilderness, a River, and My Old Man


Peter Hall and his father set out on a Yukon Moose hunt, by way of canoe, into the remote reaches of the Alaskan wilderness. The time they shared on the river reminded them both that the glory of adventure is found far beyond the kill.

At one in the morning the aurora fills the sky.  The remaining hour drive to Eagle, Alaska, puts us so far north that the bands of aurora ripple on a sharp curve around the pole.  The bathroom break takes twenty minutes as my dad and I gaze at the purple and green piano-key ribbons.  The overland portion of our journey will end in Eagle, but it will not be tonight, or tomorrow night.

My dad and I prefer to do things on our own.  I do not know if it is the freedo...

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Blue Heron Lodge: Forks, WA

Blue Heron Lodge: Forks, WA


“I love teaching folks how to appreciate the water; the ruggedness and beauty of the river are something special. I like to share with people a means by which they can experience these places. A drift boat and a fly rod are just my preferred means. Passing on some of my knowledge to my clients, sharing a boat and good conversation… that’s why I do it.”

Larry Ford has been guiding fishermen on the Olympic Peninsula since 2004, but his love for fishing the rivers of coastal Washington was born long before that. Raised into the family rock quarry business in Sonoma, California, Larry has spent a lot of time around loud trucks and equipment. It makes since then that when asked what his favorite a...Read More

Westland Distillery: Seattle's Source for Single Malt Whiskey


Seattle's Westland Distillery has made a name for itself by focusing on creating spirits that are a representation of it's Pacific Northwest roots. While much of whiskey in America trends towards corn-based bourbon, Westland has chosen to work with barley, a crop that is tradiontionaly grown in the PNW.  That barley, combined with the climate and water quality of the region, have lended themselves to making award-winning single malt whiskey.  While still using many of the old world processes of distillation, Westland is not out to recreate Scotch whiskey, but instead to make a spirit that helps to define and expand what is possible for American single malt whiskey.


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The Need for Wild Places

The Need for Wild Places


Filson’s content manager Craig Francis shares some thoughts on the value of getting into the wilderness and how Backcountry Hunters & Anglers supports the right for all Americans to do the same.

Filson HQ is, and has long been, in Seattle, Washington. We are a company rich with PNW tradition and have been supplying people for outdoor pursuits and work of all kinds for well over 100 years. The landscape of Seattle has changed drastically over the course of our company’s history and we find ourselves at the center of a booming city – one of the fastest-growing cities in the country over the last decade. While we are proud to call Seattle home, we do realize that time away from the city is cruci...Read More

A Normal Life

Living the life that you love does not shield you from loss. Fishing the remote waters of Alaska’s Alagnak River is a dream job for Russell Owen, but that dream has come at a cost. The life of a guide is not a normal life, but what he has learned from fishing has shaped him into the man he has become.



Video for Filson by Josh Fletcher

Life of a Guide




Alaska's Alagnak River is a place where there are no roads. A place where the weather does what it wants. A place where humans are no longer the apex predator. The life of a guide on this river is one of resourcefulness, persistence, and dedication.

Video by Josh Fletcher for Filson.

A Fool's Errand

A Fool's Errand

At times, shed hunting can seem a fool's errand. It can make you wonder why in the hell you’d ever thought it was a reasonable idea. Other times it is quite the opposite; miles hiked and time spent behind glass equate handsomely to fresh brown elk antlers. This trip would lean harshly to the fool's-errand end of the spectrum.


“Hey, man. I think we might have missed our turn,” Kyle mumbled over the prattle of ATV engines. I cast a sideways glance back the way we’d come. “Hmm… shit. Okay.”

For the second time that morning, we turned the four-wheelers and headed back toward the trucks. It was 9:30 a.m., and our best-laid plans for an early start were finished. Up ahead, David clung to the back of...

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Shed Hunting: Tips and Tactics

Shed Hunting: Tips and Tactics

Last week we shared a beginner's perspective on springtime shed hunting and what you might encounter when heading into the hills for your first time in search of antlers. This week, we hear from Sam Averett, a seasoned western hunter, who shares a few more detailed tips and tactics on the search for spring sheds.


Springtime shed hunting can provide a host of challenges and opportunities. Often, weather is unpredictable, and snow levels haven’t receded enough to allow for easy access. However, animals are often active during daylight hours and visible in areas they wouldn't be caught dead in during fall hunting seasons. It’s a great time to watch animals, learn their habits, and figure out whi...Read More

Sheds, Snow, and Steeps: A First-Timer's Notes on Shed Hunting


I grew up in the hardwood forests of the southeastern U.S. hunting whitetail deer with my grandfather. Much of what I consider valuable I learned from him, about life and about hunting. As a boy he told me stories of traveling left on the map to chase mule deer and elk in the American West. I’ve long dreamt of moving West, and when presented with a job opportunity in Washington state a few months ago, I knew I’d be within striking distance of the critters I’d so long thought about.

Now, I don’t know the first thing about hunting big Western country, but I do know that serious Western hunting folks spend much of the spring looking for shed antlers. Shed hunting, for the uninitiated, means to g...Read More

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