James Majetich grew up in Florida but lived for the summers that he spent in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota at his great aunt and uncle’s cabin catching walleye and kayaking the endless lakes and streams. There, he discovered his love for wild places, though his life always seemed to take him in another direction.
Shortly after leaving home, James tried his luck in New York City before enlisting in the Marine Corps. He spent five years in the service before returning home to Florida, however, he still felt that pull of the wilderness calling him. James sold nearly everything he owned then loaded his dog, some clothes, and what fishing gear he had in an old $1,800 hatchback and hit the road for Alaska where he resides today.
These days, James spends his summers fishing and backpacking with his wife, son, and of course, the dog. Through the fall he hunts moose and caribou, and in winter he can often be found in the backcountry on his trap line.