IMG_0558_edited-1.jpgWe hunt waterfowl here in the last Frontier because we are the first hunters to see the primordial return of Wildfowl that have not yet seen civilization and are pure, untouched and WILD above all else. These birds have fed all summer on organic natural feed and have not yet went into farm fields full of pesticide, and other farm related poison as is common in the lower 48 states and Canada. Many of the new crop of birds have never even seen a human and we will be their first. Our birds are still in eclipse plumage and not highly colored as they will be later in the season. But we still value and love them greatly as they express the wild freedom that is available to us as Alaskans. These Wildfowl come off the vast tundra and the millions of lakes and wetlands of far North and far West even into Russia. They bring with them a fantastic sense of freedom and wildness. These freedoms do not exist elsewhere to the same degree as we enjoy them, but only if we are attuned to them. We do not live where Wildfowl gather in great concentrated numbers of the lower states and are easy prey to hunters. Our birds are a hard fought pleasure and we revel in the fight to learn all we can and experience all that is possible so that we are up to the task of obtaining these treasures for waterfowlin' and trout fishing are truly the sport of Kings. So, greet the new arrivals with awe and know that you are not just a viewer of the great migration miracle. You are a participant in this great and mysterious cycle of life. You are an Alaskan. You can be as tough as these wild birds. You are not that different than the Salmon struggling up stream to spawn, then die or the great Canvasback duck speeding along at 70 miles and hour to avoid your gun, We are simply just on a longer time table. Risk the tides, beat the weather, laugh at the cold. Live the dream. We are at the top of the world and the top of the heap of this fantastic. beautiful and wonderful sport and existence.