Epic PNW Adventure for Salmon and Mushrooms October 2023

I recently got back from a coastal river, where my plan was to take part in three epic PNW harvest opportunities, all within a short distance of each other. Where else can all three of these activities be done outside the Pacific Northwest? I love that we can plan a day like within a few … Read more

How to get started big game hunting for deer and elk

Spike deer with eye guards shot in 2023

You already come to this website for fishing tips and a few other topics, but I’m telling you, you’ve got to get into hunting. Hunting is an integral part of the PNW harvest lifestyle. You need red meat in your freezer, and I’m not just talking about coho salmon here folks!

Hunting is practically a civic responsibility, vital for conservation and an important part of connecting you to the forests and mountains not just the rivers and seas!

But how does one get started? I’ve spent the last 5 years learning how to effectively big game hunt and I’m hoping this blog article gets you well on your way towards getting started. Highlighting easy approaches for beginners, tips and techniques I’ve learned and of course all the gear you will need.

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Chanterelle Foraging in Western Washington 2021

chanterelles cooking with butter and onion

One of my favorite aspects of hunting is being able to harvest mushrooms as I explore and hunt for big game throughout western Washington. Chanterelles are some of the best tasting and widely available fall mushrooms with a season that can go from September all the way into December depending on where you are.

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An Incredible PNW Summer in 2021

A couple of pink salmon from the Puyallup

2021 has brought us an absolutely incredible summer in the PNW on many levels. I want to share what I’ve been up to, some of the opportunities ahead and a bit of behind the scenes for me personally.

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Washington Elk Hunting October 2020

nice bull on my trail cam

This is my first year hunting elk in Western Washington, but I’m learning a lot and putting in the time to climb the elk hunting learning curve quickly. I wanted to share about this, not from the perspective of an expert, but from the perspective of someone seeing elk hunting fresh, which means if you too are trying to get into elk hunting, my learning journey could be valuable to you as well.

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Blueberry picking near Tacoma

Plentiful free blueberries
Plentiful free blueberries are available on hundreds of bushes

Blueberries are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and can be easily purchased at at nearby grocery store. However, berry picking is also one of the easiest and fun activities to get your family outdoors, harvesting their own food in the Pacific Northwest. There are plenty of U Pick options out there for a fee, but how about completely free U Pick blueberries?

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U Pick Strawberries Puyallup June 2019

Red all the way through
Red all the way through!

If you’re like me, you find most store bought strawberries to be basically inedible. They look red and appealing on the outside, but they are all white and tasteless on the inside. Disgusting! If you’ve never experienced the above pictured berry, which is red and delicious all the way through, you are missing out on one of the most delectable treats of the entire Pacific Northwest!

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