Living your passion – Destin Log
By Maddie Rowley | 315-4353 | @maddiedestinlog | [email protected]
Kent Kaiser has been attacked by a Kodiak bear in Alaska; he’s been dropped into the icy arctic wilderness via helicopter, he’s panned for gold in clear-water streams, and he’s hunted huge trophy moose and harvested their meat for food.
“Moose is fantastic, it’s a delicacy and it tastes like beef,” said Kaiser. “No part of the animal goes to waste.”
If this sounds like an episode of Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild” show with Bear Grylls, that’s because it’s not too far off from it.
Kaiser, who lives in Destin for eight months out of the year and then moves to Alaska from June to October, wrote a book about his adventures called “Hard Way Back.”
In it, he details his passion for exploring Alaska, the “Last Frontier,” and the trials and tribulations he encountered while pursuing his dream job as an entrepreneurial outdoor and hunting guide.
Kaiser is a type of innovative disruptor in the hunting industry, much like an Uber or an AirBnB. He launched a self-guided moose hunting tour, virtually helping hunters coordinate their own trip by cutting out the personal guide part, which often costs tens of thousands of dollars.
“Everything in Alaska is about timing. You have to know where the animals will be and when to go and how to do it,” said Kaiser.
He provides people with specific knowledge of what to bring, where to go, and what to do for a fraction of the cost. The clients who hire him are allowed to kill one moose per person per year according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Kaiser was born in Niles, Michigan, and then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, at age 12 after his mother remarried.
“Moving to Alaska was