Lifestyle

In The Rearview

2019 marked the fifth year for The Journal of Mountain Hunting, and it was certainly a memorable one. Since it’s humble beginnings, the Journal has grown and changed but the content has largely stayed the same — centred around a deep-rooted passion for mountains and mountain hunting.

Tenkara Fishing: A Guide for Backpackers

Originating from Japan, this minimalistic technique was developed on inland trout streams to provide a simpler experience. Paring it back to just a rod, line, and fly, tenkara takes fishing back to basics

Trophy vs Meat, By Neil Cosco

Thinhorn sheep are another example. Regulations set in place currently only allow the harvest of full curl or 8-year-old rams, and through this, a harvestable surplus is very attainable.

Books of the Year: 2018, By Adam Janke

So, in the spirit of book recommendations, below you will find the most notable books I read in 2018. Some are old, some are new. Some are non-fiction while others are fiction. Regardless of your tastes, there should be something on this list that will pique your interest.

Hunter Heritage: The Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia

Our way of life is under attack and science-based wildlife management has taken a back seat to emotional and ideological decision making. Under the weight of politically manipulated social pressure, hunting opportunities have been eliminated here in British Columbia and around the world.

NMO’s Guide to Staying Sane: Read an F-ing Book, By Nolan Osborne

You cannot control the animals, you cannot control the weather; you can only control your outlook and experience. Surprising as it may be to those who haven’t experienced it, but hunting in the mountains is often as much a mental challenge as it is physical. Here is a classic scenario, and I typically encounter it a couple times a year while guiding in Northern British Columbia around the beginning of September.

A Modern Ethic, by Karl Blattmann

I was once vegan, and now fill my freezers with the spoils of our hunts. When people hear that I previously (attempted to) make my own tofu, and now proudly hang trophies throughout my house, they are usually dumbfounded. You, my dear reader, are likely having a similar reaction.

In this article, I hope to show you that my former and current lifestyles are far less contradictory than you might presume. Further, I will argue that despite our many differences, the time has come for those who profess to care deeply for the flora and fauna of this planet to band together on what common ground is shared rather than emphasizing and disputing the morals and ethics of our seemingly opposed world views. It is important to note that these are my own personal views and not those of any organization or group with which I am associated.

The Paradigm of Sheep Hunting, By Robbie Kroger

Now I am no expert hunter. You could even call me nascent in that endeavor. That said, during my one and only sheep hunt, something shifted in my hunting ethos. What I realized (and maybe

Spences Bridge Sheep Count: Wild Sheep Society of British Columbia by Mark Trousdell

The Wild Sheep Society of BC hosts the annual Spences Bridge Sheep Count in early April of each year, volunteers dust off their binoculars and spotters and make the journey to Spences Bridge to locate, identify and record bighorn sheep. This ground-based population inventory provides an estimate of total abundance and an index of the sex and age composition of the population for the bighorn sheep located between Lytton and Cache Creek, British Columbia.

Wild Game Curing Part 2, By Tina Windsor

Fermented and dried meats aren’t cooked, and as such require different considerations than the sausages in the first article. Having never experimented with whole muscle curing wild game, my biggest concern was that there could be diseases present in deer meat that could not be managed through the regular pork or beef preserving techniques – particularly when creating anaerobic environments by grinding and stuffing sausages.