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Outdoor Kodiak: How not to slip up on felt-soled wader ban
Starting this year, felt soles on waders are no longer legal in Alaska. Why is that? Felt is an ideal surface for collecting and holding small critters and bits of plants. It doesn’t pose a problem if you stay in the same watershed, but the moment you move on to another, your felt soles carry the hitchhikers into new waters. It might not seem like a worry on an isolated island like Kodiak, but transporting organis...
Mar 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Be ready for big ones as soon as lakes thaw
I suspect I’m not the only angler on Kodiak who’s sick of winter! I’ve exorcized my frustration by cleaning, repairing and replacing tackle, but there’s only so much you can do. Inevitably, you have to start a search for fishing opportunities. The long spate of cold weather has kept the lakes sealed with ice. I’m no ice fisherman, so that strikes one possibility from my list. If you’re a judge of safe ice and incl...
Mar 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Tackle your tackle box before fishing
Do you need a jolt to stir you from your winter doldrums? Here’s a good way to startle yourself into spring. Open your tackle box! It doesn’t seem to matter how carefully I cleaned and stored my tackle last fall, nasty little gremlins work all winter to mess it up. At the very least, opening a tackle box to perfect gear will inspire fishing plans, but if you’re like me you’ll find issues to resolve in the weeks be...
Mar 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Choosing right air gun is a weighty decision
Last week I described options for shooting practice in foul weather, but this week I am going to get very specific. None of us can make it to the range as often as we need or want for shooting practice, no matter the time of year or state of the weather. But to become a really good shot and stay that way, you have to practice year-round and several times a week. The best way I’ve found to accomplish that is practi...
Feb 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Set your sights on better muscle tone, breath control
The weather has been hard on everyone’s shooting practice over the last couple of months. Though I usually spend lots of time in the field with a gun in February, it has been a challenge this year just to get out of my driveway! Even if you’re willing to brave the roads, you’ll find another complication. All of the pullouts and most of the small side roads are blocked by tall berms of snow left by the plows. It’s ...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fly fishing in deeper, warm layers
After the last few weeks of frozen pipes and brutally cold wind, I’ll take any sign of spring. At times like these, mud, water without ice and brown grass can be signs for optimism. I recognize that we have at least a couple of more snowy months between us and spring, but hopefully the long periods of bitter cold are behind us. With the first stirrings of spring, my mind turns to fishing. I’m looking for places to...
Feb 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Taking aim against the rising cost of ammunition
If it’s been a while since you bought ammunition, be prepared for sticker shock. In recent years prices have gone through the roof. That’s not news to dedicated shooters, but the occasional shooter will be shocked when he finally runs low and has to buy more. I’m dumfounded that in spite of the high prices, so many shooters continue to buy factory fodder rather than reloading their own. Sure, the price of reloadin...
Feb 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Snowshoes on snowshoes
Venture off the road into the new snow, and you’ll quickly learn how snowshoe hares got their name. While you flounder and sink, their big feet let them zoom right over the top of the soft snow. A foot of snow might not sound like an issue for hiking, and it’s really not. The problems start when you encounter drifts or low spots in the terrain filled with snow. I’ve moved from calf-deep to waist-deep snow in a sin...
Jan 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Prepare to stop the wind before it stops you
This has been some winter, hasn’t it? I hear lots of folks saying that it’s been 10 years since Kodiak’s last “real” winter with such sustained cold and snow. But for me the most notable feature has been the wind. I’ve been more or less trapped indoors because so many of my outdoor interests are best without the wind. But it’s high time I shook off my sloth and braved the wind. Too many projects have accumulated, ...
Jan 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Back away from TV, books for winter indoor fun
The hallmark of outdoor enjoyment in Kodiak is adjusting our activities to suit the weather. We try to anticipate the weather, but more often than any place I’ve ever been, we have to change our plans. I like to think of the changes as “detours.” And this winter has sure called for a lot of detours, hasn’t it? Especially in winter, it seems that no matter what I intend to do outside, I often have to cut the advent...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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