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Outdoor Kodiak: Planning and dreaming for spring fishing
This could be an exciting year for fishing. Sure we can anticipate more great fishing in the months to come. But I’m talking about the continuing evolution in tackle and fishing methods for Kodiak. Each year I spend the long winter months reflecting on the past season and lessons learned. But I also manage to fish other waters in warmer climates, trying out gear and methods that just might work on Kodiak. On top o...
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: The long season
Waterfowl season closes at sundown this Thursday, Jan. 22. But it’s no reason to put away your guns until fall! January 23 marks the start of my favorite hunting “season.” In truth there’s no closed season for snowshoe hare on Kodiak and no bag limit, but the next three months are my favorite period for hunting. You’ll encounter virtually no one else out and about, and the vast majority of bears are down for their...
Jan 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Island clime has guns over a barrel
Have you looked at your guns recently? Are you certain they’re still in good shape after weeks or months of storage? Kodiak’s unique climate is the worst I’ve encountered for safely storing firearms. Experience in other climates might delude you into thinking that you did a good job of cleaning and lubing your gun for storage. But your precautions likely aren’t good enough for Kodiak. High humidity. Airborne salt....
Jan 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Final chance to hunt ducks
The start of a new year is always a mixed blessing for this old duck hunter. The season ends on January 22, and it’s a long wait until it opens again in October. But the hunting is often best in the final weeks! Lots more birds are on hand than at any other point in the season, even as fewer hunters are out and about. The details vary with the weather and especially the ice cover, but when things go right, they’re...
Jan 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Ringing in the new year
Each of us celebrates the New Year in our own way, just as it’s significance is different from one person to the next. For me, it’s all about that word “New.” Sure I reflect on the year just passing and the lessons learned, but that is the foundation for my approach to a new year. I’m not looking for life altering resolutions, however. I’m intent on applying the lessons learned and finding new things to do and new...
Dec 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Get outdoors for the holiday
As surely as day follows night, the anticipation and excitement of Christmas morning passes. The gifts are all opened, the house is restored to order, and phone calls to family and friends are completed. Certainly there’s the work and anticipation of the evening feast, and of course there will be football on television. Christmas morning is a hard act to follow. But in our household, it’s just the beginning of the...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Stocking tradition rivals main gift event
Christmas mornings are a high point of the year for families. And each family does it differently in traditions that pass down through families while new traditions are added. But opening gifts from under the tree is only a small part of the event. There’s the anticipation that builds as the family staggers one by one from a restless sleep. And no small measure of encouragement to help awaken the laggards! A big b...
Dec 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Ducks for Christmas
For many families Christmas translates into at least a week off from work and school between Christmas and New Years. That’s a lot of time at home! In fact it may be the longest holiday of the year for some of us. The rest and family time are certainly welcome, but with the short hours of daylight, it also can turn into a little too much indoor time. You certainly want the family time, but it’s nice to get a break...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoors Kodiak: Shopping for the Holidays
Christmas is just three weeks away, and it’s time to think seriously about gifts for the outdoor enthusiast. If you’re shopping for someone with sharply different interests than yours, that can be tough. I’m fortunate, in that my wife is my favorite outdoor companion. I have lots of time in the field with her, so it’s pretty easy for me to come up with a list of things she really wants and needs. She would probabl...
Dec 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting deer during cold weather
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are important to many Kodiak families. It’s prime time for putting sweet venison in their freezers. Sure they have to invest the time and money in reaching the remote regions of the island. But it’s also the best time of year for filling tags. Even with warm rain rather than snow, many of the deer have dropped down to lower elevations. They’ve also concentrated into sp...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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