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Deer Stand Stories: Men-vs-Women-Who’s the Better Hunter?

In my book Deer Stands and Stories  I’ve gathered and shared a great group of true stories from fellow hunters and outdoors-people that allows everyone to spend a few hours laughing and enjoying the antics and tales. Within this book you will find 43 stories, with 82 pictures accompanying, that illustrate that the excitement, tradition, and fun of deer hunting and shares deer stand stories that will appeal to everyone. As I share my book-writing…

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The Characters of Alaska- WWII War Veteran Howard Hunt

Recapping and recalling some of the “characters of Alaska” that I have written about within the pages of my Alaska! and Alaska 2! books has been a real delight for me. Meeting these glorious people during my Veterans to Alaska trip this last September has taken that joy to a whole new level. If you are just stopping by my blog, be sure and take a moment to read about past “characters” Keith Bayah and…

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Anticipating of Hunting Season

Deer Stands and Stories Do you have some deer hunters in your home who have been spending lots of time lately eyeing the calendar, plotting what new hunting gadget they are going to buy this year and basically bursting with the anticipation of the upcoming Minnesota Deer Hunting season? Just know,  you are not alone. For those who are antsy about November hunting season, my book Deer Stands and Stories will be a great way…

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The Characters of Alaska: Clare O’Donnell

When I speak of the “characters” of Alaska, I am not referring to a fictitious, made-up characters in a book. I am referring to salt-of-the-earth types who live and breathe like you and I. During my recent Veterans to Alaska trip in September, I took the three veterans who traveled with me to meet many of the “characters” that could be found within the pages of my Alaska! and Alaska 2! books. One of the…

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The Characters of Alaska: Keith Bayah

When I speak of the “characters” of Alaska, I am not referring to a fictitious, made-up characters in a book. I am referring to salt-of-the-earth types who live and breathe like you and I. According to the dictionary, “character” definition refers to the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual. During my many travels to the great state of Alaska, I have met and befriended many of these “characters.” People of impeccable honesty…

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Veterans to Alaska: How it all Began

On September 1, 2015 three central Minnesota veterans departed on a trip of a lifetime. This trip was not only a brain-child of mine, but it was the result of a passion that I have carried with me for quite some time; the passion to show appreciation to our veterans while sharing the amazing state of Alaska with others. These veterans were nominated by local service organizations not only for their service to our country,…

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Robert Erickson Featured In Saint Cloud Times

A civil engineer and outdoorsman who has traveled to Alaska nine times over the past 30 years this week announced plans to finance and lead a seven-day Alaskan trip for three local veterans. “The veterans deserve so much more than they are getting,” said Bob Erickson, 82, who is not a veteran but ran his own civil engineering and construction company in St. Cloud. He continues to volunteer with organizations such as Catholic Charities and…

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Veterans To Alaska

Why veterans to Alaska? Many have asked why I have an interest in supporting our war veterans. I believe it is a result of life in my youth. Born in the depth of the depression, March 3, 1933, I then lost my father at the age of 6. In the time of few, if any government safety nets, mother hat to support me and my sister, age 9, on $43.00 a month from an insurance…

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Alaskan Wildlife – 1

Moose Protecting the wildlife is important in Alaska, as it is a valuable resource for tourism and sport hunting. Moose are one of the most vulnerable of species. They’re more likely to get into trouble due to their large size, and with little to fear except bears and humans. While wandering through neighborhoods, a common problem for moose is falling through what looks like solid ground into decaying wooden septic tanks. Many villages have no…

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Seward’s Folly – 2

A Difficult Boundary When the U.S. bought Alaska from Russia in 1867, the U.S., Canada and Great Britain had to agree on a north-south boundary, and they now had to mark it. This meant surveying a vast area of mountains, lakes, rivers, sloughs and trees and other brush and vegetation, without our modern electronic surveying equipment. There was also the lack of access, severe weather, and consistent irritations by the many biting insects. In 1907,…

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