Spring is always a busy time of year for the kids and I. We are finishing up school, getting the farm ready for planting, Turkey hunting in a few states and trying to take some personal time before life goes crazy into the summer. This spring is becoming
one of the busiest, for a very good reason.
In less than two months, my production crew and I will be in Alaska for the first time. We will be hunting Brown Bear over the course of ten days in some of the world’s most amazing country, which I have never laid eyes on. The sheer magnitude of that statement alone is exciting.
Prepping for an adventure like this takes on a whole new list of challenges and opportunities.
We typically do not fly on our hunts as we bring a considerable amount of gear with us and honestly the road miles do not bother us anymore. On this bear hunt, we will be in multiple planes of all sizes, with the smallest plane large enough only for pilot
and one passenger. The challenge of being as light as we can and aware of space is our primary concern.
Thankfully, I have taken a year around approach to my physical fitness and generally being in shape. Knowing this hunt may push me to new levels, I have ramped up all aspects of my training to best emulate what the hunt will bring. With a 50lb-weighted vest on, my morning cardio sessions now force me to visualize carrying out my Alaska Brown on my back. Visualization is a huge motivator for me.
In all of the preparation over the next two months and the excitement of the hunt, I have not lost sight of this opportunity and how I hope to capture as many memories as possible. Through the lens of our cameras, the audio of our microphones and the
emotion that pours over me, I can’t wait to bring all of it home to share with everyone.
I am equally compelled to find similar opportunities in the years and decades ahead for those closest to me, especially Gus and Lily. I look at these trips as my chance to learn more and ultimately bring them with next time.
AK on my mind