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Outdoor Kodiak: Shooting refresher
Do you feel a bit awkward when you use your fishing tackle in spring after a long winter of idleness? I sure do. And the more technical the gear, the more my skills seem to have eroded. If familiar fishing gear can feel so awkward after a break, imagine what your guns are going to feel like come fall and the opening of hunting seasons. I know of almost nothing more challenging than accurate shooting when you don’t...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started for king salmon
The purr of the idling outboard was numbing as we slowly followed the shoreline in search of king salmon. After an hour without a strike on our trailing lines, conversation had died off and we even quit watching our rods. All that changed in an instant when my reel screeched. I looked back in time to see a boil in the water and a broad tail in our wake, kicking the motor out of gear and reaching for the rod in one...
Apr 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walking off winter
“You’re walking funny!” Huh? My wife was trailing a little behind me and had a good view of my stride. “Yeah, your feet are angled to the outside a little, almost like you’re bowlegged.” I couldn’t see anything like that looking straight down, but with her insight things began to dawn on me. My hips had begun to bother me after long walks, but I wrote it off to that thing called “aging.” My younger brother has bee...
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fresh fish for spring
Wouldn’t really fresh fish taste good about now? We do a great job of caring for our catch each year, assuring the best possible quality all winter long. But in the end, it’s still frozen fish. And when you love fish as much as we do, there is a difference. But it’s still a long ways to summer and great fishing, right? Not so fast. Any time the weather and sea state are right for boating, you too could be enjoying...
Mar 25, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Take advantage of longer days in hunt for hares
Long seasons tend to fall under the radar. You start off with enthusiasm for the renewed opportunity, but slowly other interests take over. The season is still open, but you’ve moved on to other things. And finally, with little fanfare, the season has passed. Consider silver salmon as a prime example. Hopeful anglers almost literally pace the shores in anticipation of their arrival late in August. Yet most quit fi...
Mar 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 44 44 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 | 42 42 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 | 47 47 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 | 52 52 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 | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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