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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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Outdoor Kodiak: A mooch better choice than crowded hotspot
Boy, what a snarl of boats these days in the popular salmon trolling locations! Boats weaving in and out in close quarters, tangled lines, frayed tempers, and even a little yelling and name calling now and then. Not for this kid! Holy cow, if I had to do that to catch ocean salmon, I’d switch to golf. In my long experience salmon mooching is often more productive than trolling, and that’s saying something. It’s a ...
Aug 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Searching for the first silver salmon
I’m not alone in searching for my first silver salmon of the year. While I have been encouraged by offshore catches, I’ve been concerned all summer that the run would be late into their home rivers like our other salmon runs. I’m happy to report that my worries are over. Silvers are starting to appear along the beaches and trickle into road system rivers. As a matter of fact, I can pass on firsthand accounts of th...
Aug 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Ptarmigan hunting is enjoyable
My favorite hunting season opened last week without me. I suspect I’m not the only enthusiast who let it slip by. I’m talking about ptarmigan season, of course. It’s without a doubt some of the most enjoyable hunting imaginable, yet the season opens without fanfare. I think that’s because so many other options tempt outdoor enthusiasts. Pink salmon fishing is full swing, the nicest days are reserved for boating, a...
Aug 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Backup plans for fishing
Let’s face it. There are days when fish are simply hard to catch. And that seems especially true this summer with the cold water in the ocean. Even so, there are also days when you really need to catch fish. When you have kids or visitors on your boat the pressure to produce on slow days can seem insurmountable. You don’t have to produce trophy fish or fill any shipping boxes, but the fight against boredom and sho...
Aug 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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