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Outdoor Kodiak: Clean your freezer
With the promise of warming weather in the not to distant future, it’s time for an important chore. Cleaning your freezer. Do it now. Don’t wait until a glut of fresh fish comes pouring through your door. For us, it’s more than getting rid of old fish to make room for the new. It’s an opportunity to size up our efforts from the previous season. I’m talking not only about how well we preserved our catch, but also h...
Mar 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter Lakes
This has been a warm winter compared to recent years. Sure Kodiak has had lots of water as usual. But most has come as rain rather than snow. It recently occurred to me that the cold winters forced me out of one of my favorite pursuits. It iced over all the lakes, and I had to give up my winter trout fishing. Ice will come and go on the lakes this winter, but any time you can find open water there’s every reason t...
Mar 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Halibut fishing today
I wonder how many people realize that halibut season opened Feb. 1. For that matter, how many knew it was closed for the month of January? Almost no one fishes halibut in the winter, whether due to the weather and rough seas or the fact that halibut move into deeper water for the colder months. But if you have the right boat, the right weather and the will, it’s possible to put fresh halibut on your table right no...
Feb 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Knock around guns
I grew up in the Southwest in an era when every truck had a gun in a window rack and every saddle had a gun boot. No one locked doors on their houses or trucks, and no one worried much about losing a gun or anything else to thieves. Guns, especially rifles, were a part of everyday life and unremarkable to see or carry. Most had open sights rather than scopes, and they wore scuffs and dings testifying to decades of...
Feb 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Time to test your gear
Outdoor enthusiasts on Kodiak, especially hunters, have to confront the possibility of becoming stranded in rotten weather. Wind, rain and snow can quickly descend, stranding you for hours or days with only the gear you’re carrying. Most of us work to avoid getting stuck, but we also carry survival gear in case worse comes to worst. The extent of a gear collection reflects lots about the individual’s experience in...
Feb 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter reloading
I’m not alone in doing most of my ammunition reloading in winter. In fact the long hours of darkness and rotten weather are the perfect settings for the time consuming process. It continues to amaze me that more hunters don’t reload their own ammo. Participants in most other shooting sports do it, both for better performance and cost savings. Could it be that the majority of hunters actually shoot comparatively li...
Feb 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 69 69 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 | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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