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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter fly tying
The next three months are the long haul for outdoor enthusiasts, especially with endless days of wind and rain. A friend of mine characterizes the season well: “Horizontal 32-degree rain in the dark.” In spite of our best intentions to get outdoors and enjoy all that Kodiak has to offer, we can go days, weeks, and seemingly months without a day when good weather coincides with time off. Staying physically fit is c...
Jan 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Storing firearms in a wet climate
As a lifetime user and admirer of good firearms, it’s always a special pleasure to see those owned by individuals, rather than those displayed on a rack in a store or museum. An individual owner wraps his firearm in personal insights and hunting stories, which can be even better than seeing the gun itself. But I’ve learned to be a little apprehensive about the first glimpse of a gun proffered from storage. It can ...
Jan 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Waterfowl season's end
The waterfowl season will come to a close at the end of legal shooting hours on Jan. 22. There’s good news and bad in that. The bad news is that you’ll have to wait eight long months to resume your hunts on Oct. 8. The good news is that you’re likely to find the best hunting of the year in the two weeks between now and season’s end. There are usually more birds around as the season closes. Sheer numbers improve yo...
Jan 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Best wishes for New Years
Lots of folks approach New Year’s Day filled with resolve for big changes: Lose weight. Save money. Be a better person. While those are worthy goals, I shy away from the big ones in favor of smaller goals that are easier to achieve. I like to break my resolutions down to smaller bites so I can measure my progress a little better. Call it an incremental approach. I take encouragement from small gains. Take for exam...
Dec 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Holiday outings
The gifts are all open and your dinner is a fond holiday memory. What a great Christmas! But there’s a problem looming: You have a house full of guests and the kids are staying home for another week. How in the world will you follow up on such a memorable Christmas day? Houses get small in a hurry when days stretch between Christmas and New Year’s. As my mom is fond of saying, “Too much togetherness requires breat...
Dec 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for anglers
Christmas is closing fast, and with it the flurry of Christmas shopping. I have to confess that of all the outdoor enthusiasts in our family, the anglers are the most fun to shop for. There are so many options! Better still, anglers lose or wear out their gear faster than any other group, so they always need replacements. As always, you have to be careful about your gift selection when the price tag soars. The mor...
Dec 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for outdoor enthusiasts
Is there anything more difficult than Christmas shopping for outdoor enthusiasts? Absolutely! The harder job is being an outdoor enthusiast and “helping” loved ones select your gifts. I get to see both sides of the challenge since I’m an outdoor nut and married to one in her own right. After more than 40 years of practice, we’ve managed to sort the problem to our satisfaction. I bet I can help you through this dif...
Dec 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Holiday deer hunts
For many Kodiak families, deer hunting turns downright serious in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This is not horn hunting with dreams of trophies on the wall. They are on a quest to put up a winter’s supply of sweet venison. Several important factors highlight holiday deer hunts. Most of the bucks have dropped one or both of their horns. And even if they still sport a pair, they’re likely to fall o...
Dec 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Thanksgiving traditions
Thanksgiving is a time for gatherings of friends and families to give thanks for our bounty. It’s also a time for great food! Every family has its traditional Thanksgiving foods, and I’m not about to try stepping between you and them. Most are too good to miss, and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. Our family enjoys its favorite array of foods too, some of them dating back through several generations. My f...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Snoeshoe hare season
Nov. 15 marks the opening of my personal snowshoe hare “season.” Kodiak has no closed season and no bag limit for the furry speedsters, but other factors make me start my hunting around this time and end it around mid-April. I prefer to wait until deer hunters are out of the hills so I don’t disturb their hunts. It just seems polite, since they only have a few days left in October, while I have roughly five months...
Nov 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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