The hunting life along the Denali Highway

Hunting is a part of Alaska life. Whatever you think of the activity, if you live in Alaska you probably know someone who hunts, or yourself are a hunter. Alaskans hunt for sport, personal use, subsistence, to earn a living, or maybe just to be outside. Some go to be with friends and family, others like the solo experience. One popular hunting area for people living between Anchorage and Fairbanks is the Denali Highway. This Outdoor Explorer discusses hunting preparation, changes in hunting culture and practices over the years, trends such as access and technology, and the ethics of hunting. John Schandelmeier joins us. John is a life long Alaskan, dog musher,  commercial fisherman, and outdoor columnist for the Anchorage Daily News.

HOST: Paul Twardock


  • John Schandelmeier, outdoor columnist for the Anchorage Daily News.


BROADCAST: Thursday, October 15th, 2020. 2:00 pm – 3:00 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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