Outdoor Kodiak: Rotten weather rabbits Duck hunters celebrate rotten weather for the great hunting it promises.
Most rabbit hunters save their ventures for good weather. What do you do if you prefer rabbits to ducks, but duck weather is prevailing?
You could stay home, but not me. I’ve figured out how to find snowshoe hare even in bad weather.
That may not interest anyone enjoying the last couple of weeks of duck season, but what happens if the rotte...
Outdoor Kodiak: New Year's outlook With the turn of the calendar to 2013 there is one detail we should all remember.
Be sure to buy 2013 hunting and fishing licenses before going out!
While I’m not much for resolutions, the start of the new year is my signal to begin making plans and preparations for upcoming seasons. I’ll talk more about those in the future, but in fact we haven’t finished with some that started in 2012.
Duck season ends Jan. 22...
Outdoor Kodiak: Home for the holidays The excitement of Christmas morning has passed, even if the refrigerator is full of leftovers and the house a shambles of gift wrap and new toys.
In many households the togetherness of Christmas will keep on giving for days to come, with mom and dad off for the week and the kids home from school until after the first of the year.
So, what are you going to do with yourselves?
The new toys for young and old need bre...
Outdoor Kodiak: Holiday deer hunts For many Kodiak families, holiday deer hunts are a tradition. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, they set out for regions of the island with liberal bag limits and put lots of venison in the freezer.
Remote hunting is certainly better than in the heavily hunted areas of the road system, but holiday hunts also mean a rich family time. While I grew up on family hunts from remote line cabins on a Southwestern ranc...
Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for fishermen It occurred to me that last week I overlooked Christmas gift buying for one group of outdoor enthusiasts.
It’s easy to forget about fishing this time of year, but in no time at all, the fishing opportunities will be popping up like spring flowers.
My frame of reference for recommending gifts is my experience last year with new ways and places to fish. The water was colder than usual and the fish weren’t...
Outdoor Kodiak: Christmas for outdoorsmans I’m luckier than most when it’s time for Christmas shopping. My wife and I share many outdoor interests, and I have a pretty clear idea what she needs as well as what she wants.
Sharing interests is a two way street at Christmas. She also has a pretty clear idea of what I need and what new things I’d like to try.
If don’t share the same interests with your own outdoorsman, how can you find shopping help?
Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting ducks in December The wind blasted onshore, ripping sheets of water from the river meandering across the tide flats. It was so cold the airborne droplets froze instantly, lashing me with icy pellets and bouncing to the ground to shine like diamonds in the bright sun.
Any sane human being would be home by a warm fire, but I’m a duck hunter. And the ducks were flying. Moment by moment, more appeared from the white haze over the ocean...
Outdoor Kodiak: Preparing for winter In my early years on Kodiak, I spent many unplanned nights in the hills.
I was prone to walking too far, staying too late and shooting deer at dusk, when I should have been hiking the miles back to my truck.
My wife and I had a deal worked out, based on my overnighting record before we moved to Kodiak in the 1970s. When I set out on a trip I’d tell her where I was going and when I expected to be back, but she wasn...
Outdoor Kodiak: Slow days for ducks We can’t always pick our days, much less the weather, for duck hunts. If conditions aren’t ideal, should you stay home or hunt anyway?
I vote for hunting even when conditions aren’t right. If I don’t manage to connect, it’s still a great opportunity to scout locations for future hunts.
Duck hunters face two major challenges in November. There aren’t many ducks compared to late-season hunts and there is more open w...
Veteran recalls Kodiak experience Spring 1944 promised a surprise for both the civilian and military personnel of Naval Operating Base Kodiak. A press release announced that an all-girl dance band would arrive to perform for the whole community. Enticing ads appeared in the military newsletter and the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Flyers flew around town and anticipation grew. There were few enough women in Alaska, especially during the war years. The Nav...
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By DOUG CAPRA/For the Kodiak Daily MirrorAssociated Press