Dropped: Project Alaska – the Finale

Guest post by Casey Keefer, part of the brother team of Dropped: Project Alaska. For nearly 30 days, the brothers floated down 100 river miles in Alaska with no provisions. Don’t miss the one hour finale tonight at 9 pm ET with a special “After the Drop” session starting at 10 pm ET hosted by Realtree’s David Blanton.  You can follow the conversation on Twitter by searching #DroppedFinale. 

So there you have it… I finally got to unleash the “Wrath”! For 20 days my bow traveled with me, patiently waiting for her chance to shine, and boy did she shine! I hit my moose at 39 ½ yards…behind the rib cage on the close side…the Kinetic Pro, which is the toughest arrow I’ve ever shot, powered it’s way through the vitals, and completely through the far shoulder on an 1800lb animal.  While the arrow didn’t pass through the cape on the far side, it did penetrate it…that’s saying an awful lot for the equipment. The kinetic energy and penetration were enough to bring my Alaskan moose to the ground (or the riverbed!) 40 seconds or so after impact…and for that, I thank my equipment and all of the fine people that spend their days developing the most reliable gear on the market.

Keefer Brothers

Casey and Chris Keefer of Dropped: Project Alaska

What more is there to say? 28 days in the wild, raw and untouched landscape of northern Alaska is an unforgettable experience. As I sat and watched the final touches on the last episode, I couldn’t help but relive each moment I spent in the Brooks Range in my mind. The sights, the sounds and the smells…each of these things will forever live on deep inside my soul…

Being out there for that long, and being totally dependent upon the land to provide for you changes a man…whether you want it to or not. As a matter of fact, the first few nights back in civilization, I couldn’t sleep one wink in those hotel beds…for some reason, I just didn’t quite feel right having the luxury of a shower and clean sheets. I felt as though I was somehow betraying the person that I had become after those 28 days.

As I sit back and look at what I’ve been able to be a part of, there’s a part of me that is happy with our experience and the outcome…but there’s an enormous part of me that wants more. You see, that’s what happens when you get out there…you realize this world for what it is, and all that it has to offer, and suddenly you can’t get enough. I’d like to take a second to thank each and every one of you who had a part in this…whether you’re a viewer at home and you’ve tuned in faithfully every Tuesday night, or you played an integral role in making this show become a reality, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to each and every one of you. Lastly, I’ll say this…as sure as the sun will rise in the east and set in the west, we’ll be back next year, bigger and better than ever with Dropped: Project X….

Until then, Be Alive.

Casey Keefer