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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter gun care
“Here’s my baby!” My friend unzipped the gun case and withdrew his pet. It was a beautiful over-and-under 12-gauge shotgun, conceived from butt pad to muzzle for serious duck hunting. The stock was synthetic in a great marsh grass camo pattern, and the stainless steel of barrels and action had been overlaid with the same pattern. “I didn’t even get to hunt this year, but next year is going to be different,” he vow...
Jan 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter studies
“How in the world did you come up with that, Hank?” Over the years, that’s become a familiar refrain from fishing friends. I do some pretty weird things on the water, departures from the usual Kodiak methods. And they often work well. In truth, I owe most of the new fishing methods to Kodiak’s long fishless winter. In lieu of fishing, I read a whole lot about fishing and manage occasional winter fishing trips to d...
Jan 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Rotten weather rabbits
Duck hunters celebrate rotten weather for the great hunting it promises. Most rabbit hunters save their ventures for good weather. What do you do if you prefer rabbits to ducks, but duck weather is prevailing? You could stay home, but not me. I’ve figured out how to find snowshoe hare even in bad weather. That may not interest anyone enjoying the last couple of weeks of duck season, but what happens if the rotten ...
Jan 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: New Year's outlook
With the turn of the calendar to 2013 there is one detail we should all remember. Be sure to buy 2013 hunting and fishing licenses before going out! While I’m not much for resolutions, the start of the new year is my signal to begin making plans and preparations for upcoming seasons. I’ll talk more about those in the future, but in fact we haven’t finished with some that started in 2012. Duck season ends Jan. 22, ...
Jan 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Home for the holidays
The excitement of Christmas morning has passed, even if the refrigerator is full of leftovers and the house a shambles of gift wrap and new toys. In many households the togetherness of Christmas will keep on giving for days to come, with mom and dad off for the week and the kids home from school until after the first of the year. So, what are you going to do with yourselves? The new toys for young and old need bre...
Dec 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Holiday deer hunts
For many Kodiak families, holiday deer hunts are a tradition. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, they set out for regions of the island with liberal bag limits and put lots of venison in the freezer. Remote hunting is certainly better than in the heavily hunted areas of the road system, but holiday hunts also mean a rich family time. While I grew up on family hunts from remote line cabins on a Southwestern ranc...
Dec 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for fishermen
It occurred to me that last week I overlooked Christmas gift buying for one group of outdoor enthusiasts. Fishermen! It’s easy to forget about fishing this time of year, but in no time at all, the fishing opportunities will be popping up like spring flowers. My frame of reference for recommending gifts is my experience last year with new ways and places to fish. The water was colder than usual and the fish weren’t...
Dec 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for outdoorsmans
I’m luckier than most when it’s time for Christmas shopping. My wife and I share many outdoor interests, and I have a pretty clear idea what she needs as well as what she wants. Sharing interests is a two way street at Christmas. She also has a pretty clear idea of what I need and what new things I’d like to try. If don’t share the same interests with your own outdoorsman, how can you find shopping help? One solut...
Dec 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting ducks in December
The wind blasted onshore, ripping sheets of water from the river meandering across the tide flats. It was so cold the airborne droplets froze instantly, lashing me with icy pellets and bouncing to the ground to shine like diamonds in the bright sun. Any sane human being would be home by a warm fire, but I’m a duck hunter. And the ducks were flying. Moment by moment, more appeared from the white haze over the ocean...
Nov 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Preparing for winter
In my early years on Kodiak, I spent many unplanned nights in the hills. I was prone to walking too far, staying too late and shooting deer at dusk, when I should have been hiking the miles back to my truck. My wife and I had a deal worked out, based on my overnighting record before we moved to Kodiak in the 1970s. When I set out on a trip I’d tell her where I was going and when I expected to be back, but she wasn...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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