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Outdoor Kodiak: Thanksgiving traditions
Thanksgiving is a time for gatherings of friends and families to give thanks for our bounty. It’s also a time for great food! Every family has its traditional Thanksgiving foods, and I’m not about to try stepping between you and them. Most are too good to miss, and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without them. Our family enjoys its favorite array of foods too, some of them dating back through several generations. My f...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Snoeshoe hare season
Nov. 15 marks the opening of my personal snowshoe hare “season.” Kodiak has no closed season and no bag limit for the furry speedsters, but other factors make me start my hunting around this time and end it around mid-April. I prefer to wait until deer hunters are out of the hills so I don’t disturb their hunts. It just seems polite, since they only have a few days left in October, while I have roughly five months...
Nov 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting serious about ducks
Forty years of duck hunting on Kodiak have taught me an important lesson. The season may open in October, but the hunting doesn’t really turn on until the middle of November. There are enough birds to make it interesting earlier in the season, but the larger flocks don’t begin arriving until now. Best of all, these later arrivals are not schooled in the ways of the road system. They don’t know the terrain and they...
Nov 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fishing reflections
Our boat is winterized and covered, and the tackle is cleaned and stored. Those are clear signs our 2013 fishing season is over for us. If you’re still fishing, more power to you! I have to laugh a little at the psychology of our season’s end. In April we couldn’t wait for days when the temperature topped 40 degrees and the seas were calm enough to launch our boat. Come fall, even 50 degrees is too cold. Of course...
Nov 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting like our forefathers
Deer season closes on the road system this Thursday. That’s true for all but a few hunters, those who have gone through the steps to qualify for a special “primitive weapon” season running November 1 through November 14. Primitive weapons are of course muzzleloaders and bows. There are additional restrictions on the configuration of the arms, but it’s best to go directly to ADF&G for answers. They’re found on Page...
Oct 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Remote deer hunts
How is your deer season progressing? Does the looming end of the road system season threaten you with no venison in the freezer, or does the single road system deer leave too much vacant freezer space? It’s time to consider booking a hunting trip off the road system, where the season extends another two months and in most places you’re allowed to take more than one deer. Deer hunting on the road system has been ha...
Oct 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Sweet venison
One of my favorite experiences is serving Kodiak venison to guests who “don’t like venison.” It’s fun to watch their faces after the first bite. Their expressions are best described as a mixture of surprise and delight. “Wow! That can’t be venison. It’s not gamey!” But there are a few secrets leading to those happy smiles. Even if a deer comes from Kodiak, there are myriad ways to make it taste just like gamey ven...
Oct 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Last chance for silvers
Silver season is over. Or is it? Perhaps you will want to rethink your views after reading the following: October is a terrific time for silver salmon. Sure, there are a lot of dark fish developing their spawning colors after weeks in freshwater. But fresh, silvery bright fish are still coming into their home rivers. Best yet, you’ll have almost no other anglers on the water to contend with. Waters crowded even a ...
Oct 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Duck season opener
Are you fed up with howling wind? I’ll play weather service and forecast that next Tuesday, Oct. 8, the winds will die and the weather will be perfect. It might happen sooner, but it’s a certainty that the weather will be terrific a week from now. How can I know that? Because Oct. 8 is the opening day of Kodiak’s waterfowl season. And we always have perfect “bluebird” weather on opening day! Duck hunters are disap...
Oct 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting serious about deer
Everyone should be enjoying brawls with silver salmon by now. But each trip out the road reveals more fall colors. Like me, I bet your eyes are scanning for deer all the way out and back home. Before long, the lure of those golden hills will break your regular river appointment. The thought of deer hunting and fresh venison will be too compelling to resist. Whether now or in October, it will be time to get serious...
Sep 17, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 98 98 recommendations | email to a friend
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