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Hank Pennington
 
OUTDOOR KODIAK: Insidious saltwater sinks into small parts
My most memorable experience in 40 years of hunting Kodiak came on my workbench rather than in the field. I had returned from a boat hunt for deer a week before, and like a good boy I took care of all my gear and cleaned my rifle. The real adventure began when I retrieved the rifle from storage o...
Jan 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Accentuate positive for effective change
I’m not one for big life-changing resolutions with the turn of a calendar page to another year. Or at least, I’m not very good at keeping punitive resolutions to change some glaring problem with my life. My embrace of a new year is more optimistic than that. I certainly take a glimpse at the year...
Dec 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Gear upkeep shortens long winter nights
I might not be the earliest riser on Kodiak, but I bet I’m somewhere on the list. I go to bed earlier than most, too. We have to have company or a major distraction on TV to keep me up past 9 at night, but in compensation I generally get up between 3:30 and 4 each morning. That can have distinct ...
Dec 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Hard to hit a hole-in-one when finding gifts
My wife insists that I’m the most difficult person in the world to buy gifts for. I claim she’s stretching things a little, but she’s sticking to her guns. The problem is that I’m pretty self-sufficient when it comes to buying things I want and need. I have to save a while for the bigger items, b...
Dec 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Polypro layer best bet for getting wet
Kodiak has about the most challenging weather in the world for outdoor enthusiasts. Sure, there are places that are hotter or colder. It’s hard to imagine, but there are even places that are wetter and windier. The big difference between Kodiak and so many other locations is in the variability. M...
Dec 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: December deer for taste, not trophies
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is rich with tradition. For many on Kodiak it’s time to join family and friends in loading freezers with venison. These late season hunts are all about sweet venison in the freezer rather than racks on the wall. I learned that the hard way on my first ven...
Dec 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 135 135 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: Game additions to Thanksgiving menu
Our family loves turkey as much as anyone. With all the trimmings, of course! But we had a great turkey dinner with friends a week ago. It’s hard now to work up our enthusiasm for preparing and consuming another so soon. Traditional meals are important and fulfilling, with favorite dishes reachin...
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Attention to tides gives insight to ducks
Duck hunting on Kodiak really picks up about now. Timing can vary with the weather, but most years you can expect improved hunts starting a week or two before Thanksgiving. The winning combination is a cold snap with a fair bit of wind. Does that sound familiar? Look out your window! Two things c...
Nov 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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