The Land We Share:

A love affair told in hunting stories

ANCHORAGE, AK – Hunting is an age-old tradition that has been an integral part of human history, connecting people to the land and the natural world. The public lands that we Alaskans enjoy provide space for many soul-nourishing outdoor activities, such as hiking, climbing, canoeing, and kayaking. Moreover, these places also play a vital role in supporting the hunting tradition. In fact, many of our public lands were specifically set aside to provide refuge for healthy, harvestable populations of game animals.

Welcome to The Land We Share, where relationships and connections are forged through experiencing the migration of caribou, the winged movement of waterfowl, and misty mornings in the field. Here the too-short lives of good dogs intersect those of the people with whom they hunt for elusive birds and inspiration in the wild public lands of Alaska and the Dakotas.

In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Geographic has published a remarkable collection of over 60 outdoor essays called The Land We Share. These essays are written by Steve Meyer, a lifelong hunter, and Christine Cunningham, a lifelong Alaskan who embraced hunting later in life. Accompanied by a family of bird dogs, the two authors delve into how hunting on public lands nurtures the human spirit, sustains physical health, and deepens appreciation for the natural world. Although most stories are set in Alaska and the Dakotas, their messages and themes resonate across the nation, appealing to both hunting advocates and those with a profound connection to the outdoors.

The 61 short stories about a large family of bird dogs take place in beautiful settings with a resonant core of day-to-day appreciation for the natural world that nurtures the spirit, sustains health, and connects us to the land we share. We’re proud of this collaboration with Steve and Christine, and our public land agency partners.

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Christine Cunningham is a lifelong Alaskan and dog lover. Steve Meyer grew up in North Dakota and has lived and hunted in Alaska since 1971.

Photos, from left to right: author Steve Meyer and Cogsy, Winchester, author Christine Cunningham and Bossy, Boss as a pup on the West side of the Inlet


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Alaska Geographic is the nonprofit Cooperating Association to the Alaska US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. Our mission is to connect people with Alaska’s public lands by creating and delivering exceptional educational programs and products that foster stewardship, understanding, and appreciation of Alaska’s natural and cultural heritage. Since 1959 Alaska Geographic has raised and returned more than $23 million to our agency partners. For more information about Alaska Geographic and its initiatives, please visit our website.


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