First Hunt

Went to Admiralty with friend Bob B. deer hunting on Sat. A beautiful day in the low 50’s, overcast, and little rain. We did not see any deer, but I did see I am out of shape.

Started my new job last week. Back to being a fishery biologist. Got everything I could ask for – higher start up pay based on experience, 4 day work week, office that looks down Gastineau Channel, and working with a group of friendlies.

First thing I said to Sara and her sister when they picked me up from my last hitch on the North Slope was “I don’t miss it already”. It was an “Alaskan Experience” working up there, and I’d be hard pressed to remember 3+ years where I learned so much on the job about equipment and tools, not to mention the industry that drives Alaska both economically and politically. Best thing I could have heard from my boss he said as we left together on the plane “If your new job doesn’t work out, call me.” Pretty comforting to know I still have a job if I need it.

I picked up my butchered and vacuum packed Chilkat sockeye salmon from my processor. It was the nicest fish I think I’ve seen. Not a drop of blood from the pressure bleeding. That will be good in the freezer for 2 years anyway.

Mark Stopha
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801

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