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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 | 28 28 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 | 13 13 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 | 14 14 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 | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Doldrum ducks
The recent heavy rain and warm weather make for challenging duck hunts. There is so much water on the road system, the ducks have lots of places to rest and feed. Add to that all the open water off the road system, and the distant ducks still have no reason to move here. Right now there aren’t all that many ducks on the road system, and they have lots of places to hide from hunters. Should you wait until cold weat...
Nov 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: ’Tis the season for great eats
By now, most outdoor enthusiasts have done a great job of stuffing their freezers. We have our work cut out for us, eating all that great fish and game between now and spring. If your family is new to such plenty, you’ll soon discover that the biggest challenge lies ahead. Using it all between now and the restart of fishing in spring. If you don’t have lots of preparations, and especially easy ones, then your fami...
Nov 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting the old way
The road-system deer season ends this Friday, Oct. 31. Starting Saturday, Nov. 1 you ‘ll have to move off the road system to hunt deer, right? Not so fast. If you’ve taken the class and passed the qualifying ADF&G qualifying exam for either muzzleloading or archery, you can continue to hunt the road system “primitive weapon” deer season extending from Nov. 1 through Nov. 14. There are many good reasons to make you...
Oct 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Traveling for deer
As the road system deer season draws to a close, it’s time to plan hunts into the remote regions of Kodiak that will remain open through the end of the year. Even if you have venison in the freezer, hunts to outlying areas are not to be missed. For me, the road system season has always been a warm-up for remote hunts. Yes, there is a lot of neat country to hunt on the road system. Yes, there are deer and the hunti...
Oct 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Final days of deer season
The general deer season for the road system closes in roughly two weeks on Oct. 31. Do you have fresh venison in the freezer? If not, you had better get busy or start making plans for alternate hunts. Sure you can move off the road system or qualify for the primitive weapon season that extends through November 14 for archery and muzzleloaders. If that sounds like a lot of expense or hassle, I’ll return to my point...
Oct 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting for ducks on opening day
In recent days it’s become hard to focus on fishing. There are so many distractions! Wherever I go, I’m seeing ducks. Sometimes lots of them. With Kodiak’s duck season opening Wednesday who can blame me? Kodiak’s opening day is often a bit of a disappointment. The weather is usually better for beach walks than hunting, and with so much open water available, the ducks quickly disappear after the first half hour of ...
Oct 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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