Episode 114: John Whipple

In this episode I get to catch up with John Whipple, of 49mm creative, who was on an early episode of Tundra Talk, following our goat hunt on Kodiak in March of 2018. We talk about what John’s been up to lately (which includes some firearms and bear defense instruction), as well as how hunting in Africa compared to the hunting we are used to here in Alaska.

Episode 113: In the Face; Bears, Bullets, and Exploding Barrels of Gasoline

In this episode, Frank Schultz, Rob Simard, Nick Muche, and I discuss our bear hunting misadventures up to this point in what has been a crazy busy spring. Enjoy!

Here is a link to the Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor phenomenon that we discuss:

Boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion – Wikipedia

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Episode 112: Things Going Badly

It’s Frank Schultz and me in this episode, where after the previous episode, Frank has some cautionary tales to add involving all of the dental work he’s needed to have. We talk about potato guns, cracking muzzleloader stocks, and the troubles of running jet outboards in dirty rivers, as well as my catastrophic flub on a black bear recently. Enjoy, and hopefully learn from our mistakes!

Episode 111: Full Throttle into Spring

In this episode we get to hear about some squirrel shooting from my son Jed, then Matt Herkstroeter and I talk about how fast the transition from winter to spring/summer is here, the million things we’ve been up to, and of course plenty of spring bear hunting talk. Enjoy!

Episode 110: Caribou Closure with Larry Bartlett

In this episode I’m joined by Larry Bartlett to hear some more detailed information on the looming closure of federal lands in units 23 and 26A for non-local caribou hunters. This is a heated issue, but an important one, and the effort to keep non-local hunters out doesn’t seem to be supported by evidence. We fully believe in the need for rural residents to have first priority at times when caribou numbers are down, but they aren’t. This was pressed for time and Larry has some amazing stories and experiences, but it was important to squeeze this in while we still have time. If you can call in to give feedback at the meeting, it is from 3pm-7pm (or until the end of public input) (AK time zone), please do.

Public Hearing Information:

Friday, April 23, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (or until the end of public participation)
Teleconference: Toll Free: (877) 918-3011
Passcode: 8147177

Episode 109: Spring Fever 2021

In this episode I’m joined by the crew, Dr. Frank Schultz, Nick Muche, and Temple Dillard. We’re all antsy and ready for spring and hit on a number of topics including (state-level) fish and game proposals, and just being wound-up and needing to make some new hunting stories.

I plan on following up with more detailed discussion on the current proposal to close caribou and moose hunting for non-locals in unit 23 and 26A, but below are links to the announcement (along with contact and meeting info), as well as to my article on outdoorlife.com discussing the issue (that also contains links to pertinent herd information).

Public hearing announced for Temporary Wildlife Special Action Request WSA21-01 regarding caribou and moose in Units 23 and 26A | U.S. Department of the Interior (doi.gov)

Caribou Hunts Are in Danger on Federal Land in Alaska | Outdoor Life

Episode 108: Freels in Alaska

In this episode, I’m joined by my dad Britt Freel, as well as my uncles Jerry and Tracy. I get to hear a bunch of stories about the old days, how we came to Alaska, and what it was like growing up in what was then a wilderness town of Fairbanks, as well as hunting moose and caribou, and what “the bus” was like as a hunting camp. Enjoy!

-Tyler

Episode 107: Connor, Christina, and Adam Owen

In this episode, I sit down with Connor, Christina, and Adam Owen to hear their stories from both of the hunts that Christina drew tags for last year, and her transition from southern California to full-blown Alaskan brown bear killer. Enjoy!

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-Tyler