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KODIAK — I’m delighted to report a momentous weekend. My wife and I visited a favorite beach and connected with our first pink salmon! They’re few and scattered now but with each passing day more and more will be converging along our beaches. By the end of the month, there will be hordes alm…

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KODIAK — If you’re new to Kodiak and love deer hunting and venison, there’s a nice surprise in your future. But don’t feel alone if it catches you unaware. 

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KODIAK — After a long winter and wet spring here on Kodiak, warm sunny weather can create a problem. Should you face up to your accumulation of outdoor chores or should you play?

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I confess that I’m fascinated with king salmon, and it’s not just their potential for large size. They’re different than other salmon in many ways. And, frankly, fishing for them is more like hunting.

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KODIAK — It’s one thing for the halibut to be moving shallower now, but another altogether to find them. We’re catching ours here and there in the shallows, but it will take more time for their numbers to build in the usual hotspots.

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KODIAK — A quick glance at the calendar should reveal a surprise. Though most folks haven’t caught their first salmon or halibut for the year, deer season is only 10 weeks away.

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KODIAK — We had some interesting surprises on the water over the weekend. Most notably, the water was really warm. Wherever we went, the faithful little gauge on our fish finder continued to read 47 degrees!

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KODIAK — Kodiak summers entice us outdoors to enjoy time with family and friends. From fishing and hiking to picnicking and grilling burgers on the BBQ, it seems like every activity is an opportunity for picture-taking. But how to capture memories and create good photos at the same time? 

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KODIAK — With summer fast approaching, people will be itching to start combing beaches and scrambling along mountain forest trails to take advantage of the Emerald Isle’s sunshine. Among the plethora of outdoor activities available is the opportunity to forage for nature’s bounty of healthy …

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KODIAK — Now that spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner, Kodiakans have been gifted several hours of extra daylight. For many, that means one thing: more hiking opportunities. 

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KODIAK — Any day now, I expect Dolly Varden to get serious about their annual spring migration to the sea. After a long winter on limited rations in lakes, the warming water and promise of plentiful food will launch them on their way.

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KODIAK — With the prospect of herring, then capelin or “grunion” and needlefish or Pacific sand lance spawning around Kodiak over the next couple of months, it’s high time to get serious about king salmon fishing.

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Though many hunters have the week off between Christmas and New Year, it’s not possible for most to make jaunts to the far end of the island for deer.

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KODIAK — It’s always fascinated me that a great big roast turkey is central to our annual Thanksgiving feast. The truth of the matter is that by historical accounts of the event, they shared the billing with quite the array of domestic and wild meats along with wild and domestic produce and fruits.

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KODIAK — Though Kodiak’s snowshoe hare season never closes, my own personal season starts around Nov. 1 and runs through the end of April.

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KODIAK — This time of year can be challenging for duck hunters. The resident birds are wise beyond measure while the early migrants are already south in warmer places.

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KODIAK — Hunting Kodiak’s road system can be a treat, but in fact it’s only a small fraction of the lands in the entire archipelago. There is a long list of exceptional destinations beyond the reach of your car or ATV.

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KODIAK — Call me a duffer or a geezer, or just plain old fashioned, but I’ve always held a special place in my heart for single shotguns. I doubt I’m alone in starting my youthful shooting career with single shots.

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Shawn Rice thought he had a winning entry for the 2016 Eric Lochman Big Buck Contest. That was until the prized rack crumbled a day before the entry deadline. 

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Last weekend we practiced marine science questions for the statewide ocean science quiz bowl competition called the Tsunami Bowl. The competition is not until February, but there is much to learn about and we prepare for the whole school year leading up to it. Last weekend we went on a retre…

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October is deer season for many Kodiak hunters on the road system, even if the season actually opened way back on August 1 and extends to year’s end in remote regions.