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Outdoor Kodiak: Tackle your fall fishing chores by packing away properly
I’m tossing in the towel! Good fishing continues in local waters, but I’m through for the season. The weather and water temperature have passed my comfort threshold, and other outdoor interests abound. Fishing isn’t as much fun than it was a month ago. With so many alternatives, what’s the issue? My tackle is in such disarray I can’t simply walk away from it. It has to be maintained before storage, or it will be r...
Nov 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Startup for snowshoe hare
Even with no closed season and no bag limit for snowshoe hare on Kodiak, hunting is mostly a winter affair. For one thing, the grass and brush are too thick to see them in summer and fall. I start my hunting well before the grass is thinned, because the early hunts help me zero in on their distribution and habits. Call my early hunts “scouting trips” and you’re close to the mark. I usually start my hunting early i...
Oct 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: One last trip
It’s hard to put away the fishing tackle for the year. I’m almost certain that I’m through fishing, but I have tackle still waiting for cleaning and storage in case I want to make one last visit to the water. There are no shortage of fishing opportunities even late in October. It’s a matter of donning the long underwear, gloves and hats to take advantage of them. But that’s a big step when the thermometer on my po...
Oct 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Remote deer dreams don’t have to be a nightmare
Before you know it, the road system deer season will be closed for the year. Anyone still hoping for sweet venison on the table will have to travel to find it. As a matter of fact deer hunts to remote parts of the island are annual traditions for many families. The hunting can be terrific and just as important for many of us, we’re unlikely to encounter other hunters. The reduced deer population due to last year’s...
Oct 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Stretch the deer season by expanding your toolbox
This is turning out to be a tough deer season on the road system for lots of hunters. Last winter’s harsh conditions appear to have cropped the population considerably. Dedicated hunters can still find bucks, but they have to invest a lot of time and walk a Stretch the deer season by expanding your toolboxlot of miles to find a legal buck. Do you feel the end of the road system season closing in on you? If you hav...
Oct 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gore-Tex survey rates Kodiak as tops in hunting, worst in conditions
A new nationwide survey conducted by Gore-Tex has identified Kodiak Island as the place with the best hunting but worst conditions in the United States. The survey included "avid hunter-athletes, representatives of top hunting organizations and members of the hunting media," according to an email from W.L. Gore & Associates, which manufactures Gore-Tex. Eleana Collins, a spokeswoman for Gore & Associates, said Ala...
Oct 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting ducks perfect winter activity
The first week of October stirs me deeply. Foul weather has slowed my fishing, even as it brings more and more ducks to Kodiak. And of course, Kodiak’s waterfowl season opens at 8 a.m. next Monday. Any opening day is special, but the start of waterfowl season has been a standout all my life. Sure, it’s crowded with hunters who won’t venture out again for the remainder of the season. But it also opens the door to m...
Oct 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Deer season heating up
October is deer season on the Kodiak road system. The season actually opened way back on Aug. 1, but most of us are just too busy with fish to wander into the woods for deer. There’s also the question of hunting conditions. Until now, the brush has been thick and the bugs bad, but with the cool weather in October, both improve. October on the road system is so different in fact, that it’s fair to call it a season ...
Sep 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Silver salmon find comfort in hiding from anglers
The opening of the upper rivers to silver salmon fishing on Sept. 16 is a hallmark for many anglers. All those silvers that slipped into the previously closed sections are suddenly accessible. I’m a devoted fan of silver fishing in rivers, but I tend to avoid the rush on opening day. The attraction for me is more about solitude and undisturbed fish, both of which are scarce on opening day as well as most weekends ...
Sep 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Trying to outwit silver salmon
It seems like I wait all year for the return of silver salmon to Kodiak rivers. As with so many other anglers, they’re my favorite salmon. Sure, their fight is fierce and they’re great on the table. But I have other reasons for picking them as No. 1. They fascinate me! One day they’re easy to catch, but the next day or even the next hour they can befuddle the most experienced angler. More interesting yet, the hot ...
Sep 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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