In August of 1957 my grandfather, Gordon Eastman headed into the high country of Alaska with an 8mm film camera in hand to document an Alaskan hunting adventure. This would become his first of many films titled, Hunting Alaska Today and is probably one of the earliest hunting adventures ever to be laid down on film. I’m sure at that time he had no idea his grandson would head back into some of the very same country nearly 60 years later to retrace those very footsteps across the shale and tundra.
I think all hunters have a yearning and gravitation to relive a hunt or two from families hunting heritage, whether a bull elk hunt dad went on in Colorado or an epic adventure to the Yukon that Gramps took dad on nearly 50-years ago. Hunters are just like that, although some of the roughest, toughest grittiest survivors of our sometimes too-modern society, hunters can be a very sentimental bunch sometimes, and I am no different.
After lying cramped inside a down bag on a ridge-top high above a glacial valley inside a fly tent for three long days in an Arctic white-out blizzard, a few rams were finally turned up, but a closer look was needed to ensure legality.
Later on in the hunt a barren ground caribou was bagged and much to my surprise once I returned home, the bull is nearly identical to the bull my grandfather killed almost 60 years prior. Sometimes coincidence can be a pleasant surprise.
Join me for this very special two-part adventure that will air on the Outdoor Channel on January 6 and 14. Check the Eastmans.com website for details and air times and be sure to set your DVR. Also, feel free to head over to our Facebook page (facebook.com/eastmans
) and let us know what hunt you would like to retrace in your hunting heritage.