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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: Snowshoes on snowshoes
Venture off the road into the new snow, and you’ll quickly learn how snowshoe hares got their name. While you flounder and sink, their big feet let them zoom right over the top of the soft snow. A foot of snow might not sound like an issue for hiking, and it’s really not. The problems start when ...
Jan 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Prepare to stop the wind before it stops you
This has been some winter, hasn’t it? I hear lots of folks saying that it’s been 10 years since Kodiak’s last “real” winter with such sustained cold and snow. But for me the most notable feature has been the wind. I’ve been more or less trapped indoors because so many of my outdoor interests are ...
Jan 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Back away from TV, books for winter indoor fun
The hallmark of outdoor enjoyment in Kodiak is adjusting our activities to suit the weather. We try to anticipate the weather, but more often than any place I’ve ever been, we have to change our plans. I like to think of the changes as “detours.” And this winter has sure called for a lot of detou...
Jan 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Ducks in the home stretch
If you love duck hunting but stayed home in recent cold weather, take a look at the calendar. Jan. 22 is the last day of the season, and it’s less than two weeks away. If you had intended to do a little more duck hunting this season, you need to make plans now or wait until next season. I’ve usua...
Jan 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: New Year’s freezer hides treasures, evils
I always prepare a special meal of fish or game for New Year’s Eve, so the day before I opened the freezer to survey possibilities. Holy cow! What a train wreck. In spite of all efforts to organize while adding treasures last summer and fall, the shelves had deteriorated to chaos. Who knew what l...
Jan 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Resolutions for fun year outdoors
Everyone has rituals for welcoming the New Year, ranging from parties with favorite dishes and drinks to heartfelt resolutions to “do better” in the next year. While I relish the gatherings with friends and family, I shy away from stern life-changing resolutions. My resolutions are more like plan...
Dec 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Holidays are a perfect time to share toys and hobbies with family
The Christmas holiday means days off with lots of family time and new toys for all ages. Kodiak’s long-range weather forecast of “mostly cloudy with a chance of snow” for the weekend has implications, though. It’s hard to tell at this point whether you will spend your time indoors or outdoors. Ev...
Dec 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Suit up in seaweed for tidal flats duck hunting
The last few weeks of duck season are my favorite time to hunt. There can be more ducks than at any other time of the season, and there are fewer hunters. But you have to specialize your hunting methods and pay close attention to the distribution and movements of the ducks. Freezing weather and s...
Dec 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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