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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started for halibut
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the taste of fresh halibut. Sweet, succulent, perhaps even faintly nutty. It’s hard to beat that first bite of the first fresh halibut of the year. Frozen halibut is terrific, and in fact it’s notable because it stands up so well to long term storage. But it’s still not as good as fresh. The good news is that halibut season opened February 1st. The bad news is that it’s sti...
Feb 24, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Get ready for fishing
My eyes were really opened in January. We were fortunate enough to be invited for three weeks of fishing in Florida, and of course we accepted. The first few days were devoted exclusively to fly fishing, but my awakening came on the day I was handed a spinning rod for tossing jigs. It was a very lightweight 7 foot rod rated for 1/8 oz to ¼ oz lures. In spite of its light weight it was surprisingly stiff. The reel ...
Feb 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: We live in rain country
Kodiak is wet. That isn’t news to anyone who has lived here even a little while, but the details might surprise even the crusty among us. Before writing this week’s column I went online to dig through the weather statistics for 2014, and I learned a few things that surprised even me. Kodiak’s average annual precipitation is 77 inches. If 2014 seemed especially wet, you’re right. Last year from January 1 through De...
Feb 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Planning and dreaming for spring fishing
This could be an exciting year for fishing. Sure we can anticipate more great fishing in the months to come. But I’m talking about the continuing evolution in tackle and fishing methods for Kodiak. Each year I spend the long winter months reflecting on the past season and lessons learned. But I also manage to fish other waters in warmer climates, trying out gear and methods that just might work on Kodiak. On top o...
Jan 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: The long season
Waterfowl season closes at sundown this Thursday, Jan. 22. But it’s no reason to put away your guns until fall! January 23 marks the start of my favorite hunting “season.” In truth there’s no closed season for snowshoe hare on Kodiak and no bag limit, but the next three months are my favorite period for hunting. You’ll encounter virtually no one else out and about, and the vast majority of bears are down for their...
Jan 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Island clime has guns over a barrel
Have you looked at your guns recently? Are you certain they’re still in good shape after weeks or months of storage? Kodiak’s unique climate is the worst I’ve encountered for safely storing firearms. Experience in other climates might delude you into thinking that you did a good job of cleaning and lubing your gun for storage. But your precautions likely aren’t good enough for Kodiak. High humidity. Airborne salt....
Jan 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Final chance to hunt ducks
The start of a new year is always a mixed blessing for this old duck hunter. The season ends on January 22, and it’s a long wait until it opens again in October. But the hunting is often best in the final weeks! Lots more birds are on hand than at any other point in the season, even as fewer hunters are out and about. The details vary with the weather and especially the ice cover, but when things go right, they’re...
Jan 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Ringing in the new year
Each of us celebrates the New Year in our own way, just as it’s significance is different from one person to the next. For me, it’s all about that word “New.” Sure I reflect on the year just passing and the lessons learned, but that is the foundation for my approach to a new year. I’m not looking for life altering resolutions, however. I’m intent on applying the lessons learned and finding new things to do and new...
Dec 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Get outdoors for the holiday
As surely as day follows night, the anticipation and excitement of Christmas morning passes. The gifts are all opened, the house is restored to order, and phone calls to family and friends are completed. Certainly there’s the work and anticipation of the evening feast, and of course there will be football on television. Christmas morning is a hard act to follow. But in our household, it’s just the beginning of the...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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