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Kodiak Tapestry: No matter how bumpy the road, enjoying the journey
Last summer, while driving the bumpy road to Saltery Cove, I was awestruck by distant fireweed-shrouded hills. The rays of the setting sun beamed through a fissure in the clouds, transforming the flowers into an Elysian field. I parked the four-wheeler I was driving, so I could take pictures. But pictures are flat, one-dimensional facsimiles of the real thing. A picture doesn’t capture the striking color of the la...
Jul 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Solving the halibut puzzle is more difficult this year
Having trouble finding halibut this year? You’re not alone. Early in the season we tried all our usual hotspots with little or no success. Friends reported the same experiences, and the hunt was on. Over the years we have found a rhythm to the timing and places we fish for halibut over the course of the summer. And we tend to fish for them in the same ways. My boat has put in a lot of miles and hours looking for h...
Jul 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: August deer hunting has its rewards
Deer season opens in just two weeks on August 1. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Early deer hunting on Kodiak is unlike any I’ve experienced elsewhere in the country. The grass on the hillsides can be over your head, and that’s not to mention the dense alders and thick salmonberries. It can be downright hot by Kodiak standards, the white sox biting flies can be fierce, and the “blow” flies can spoil a deer in short ord...
Jul 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Escape to isolated lakes
Kodiak’s fishing landscape is certainly challenging this year, isn’t it? The king salmon are scarce and halibut remain scattered in deeper water. The pink salmon are slow to show, while the usual array of sharp elbows and crossed lines dominate productive red salmon rivers. What in the heck can you do if you want nothing more than a relaxing day of fishing? For me, that means a fair chance to catch fish without th...
Jul 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kenai women warm to firearms
KENAI (AP) — Four women sat in a circle and listened to Ted Spraker retell an email he once received about how small of a gun could be used to stop a charging brown bear in its tracks on Saturday afternoon. Spraker told the curious women it could be any caliber, really. “The email said, ‘One shot to my husband’s knee cap and I ran away to safety,’” he said drawing laughter from the women. The moment was welcome co...
Jul 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Champion lumberjacks cut it up in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN (AP) — Neck and neck throughout the entire 2012 Alaska Ironjack Championships Wednesday evening in Ketchikan, the battle for first between Jake Justus and Derek Knutson came down to the final event — the boom run. Or, as it is more aptly called, “The Boom of Doom.” A race track four logs long floating in a pool of water, competitors had to traverse the course to one end and back. One wrong move, as nine ...
Jul 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Better late than never: Pink salmon appearing in Kodiak waters
It’s time for pink salmon! Right? Not so fast. From what I’m seeing, the run is a little slow in arriving, just as we have experienced with the king salmon and halibut. Normally we’re catching pinks with some regularity the third week in June and often earlier. But I just saw my first pink Sunday. Until proven wrong, I’m writing off their late arrival to the unusually cold ocean water we have around us right now. ...
Jul 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Deer season outlook
I’ve lived on this great island for close to 40 years now, and one thing never fails to surprise me. Kodiak’s deer season opens Aug. 1. That’s only a month away! I haven’t even caught my first pink salmon yet, and already I feel the press of deer season. This year’s deer season could be especially challenging on the road system. I haven’t seen any official numbers, but it’s clear that last winter was especially ha...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hunting for hidden hot spots
I sometimes forget how big the ocean is around Kodiak. Sure, we’re on an island far from the mainland, but we usually think about the size of the ocean only when we’re traveling. But the ocean close to home can seem awfully big when you’re hunting for fish and having trouble finding them. You don’t have to move far from shore at all to realize just how many places there are for fish to hide. That’s more philosophy...
Jun 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: High and dry helps spring camping fun
I conceived the topic for this column last week on the nicest day so far this year. Now, sitting with fingers on keys and staring out the window, one thought comes to mind. Are you out of your mind, Hank? I can barely see across the road, the fog is so thick. And in that unique Kodiak combo, the fog is laced with wind-driven rain. Sure, let’s write an article about the fun of spring camping! But in truth, the weat...
Jun 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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