Revisiting Small Game Hunting

Photo of a willow ptarmigan in transitional plumage. Photo by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Photo of a willow ptarmigan in transitional plumage. Photo by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Small game can be an entry for young people into hunting, but it’s also is a tradition for sportsmen going back centuries and shows up in classic literature from all over the world. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re revisiting hunting upland game birds and small mammals. It can be low-key fun that you do with friends near town, or it can be an all-consuming hobby involving extensive training and investment. Tune in with us to learn more.


HOST: Charles Wohlforth


  • Rick Merizon, small game biologist, Fish and Game
  • Derek Tomlinson, Ruffed Grouse Society


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BROADCAST: Thursday, December 15, 2016. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, December 22, 2016. 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. AKT

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Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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