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Outdoor Kodiak: Late season rabbits
My rabbit hunting gets really serious in March. There’s no closed season or bag limit on Kodiak, so you could hunt them year-round, but I quit later in April due to the onset of their breeding season. The brush doesn’t thin enough to hunt again until November. Why am I so serious about March hunting? Cabin fever is only part of the picture. In fact, the hunting is usually better in March and April than at any othe...
Mar 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting a jump on lake fishing
How do you spot the devoted anglers on Kodiak? Check the road system lakes with each warming weather break in March. They might not be catching fish or even fishing, but they’re checking for open water and signs of fish. With the larger fish of summer still a long ways off, even the hope for a trout is enough to drag them out of their winter lairs. The slimmest chance of a tug on the end of their line is better th...
Mar 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting crafty
The number of comments and questions I received following last week’s column surprised and delighted me. It’s clear that lots of folks are feeling hemmed in by the weather and are looking for things to do. Ideas for craft projects head the list of questions. Making things is fun in its own right, but when those things are useful in your outdoor interests, they’ll enrich your life. I take a lot of pride in using th...
Feb 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: The long haul
December 21 may be the shortest day of the year, but it doesn’t hold a candle to February days. We have more daylight now, but the combination of weather and closed seasons makes the days drag. So how in the world do you pass the time when the weather is rotten? I’m a “crafty” kind of guy, using my hands and creativity to build lots of things in support of my outdoor interests. But it doesn’t take long to fill eve...
Feb 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Air guns for fun and economy
The high cost of ammunition is hitting the wallets of all shooters. Regular shooting practice, much less shooting for the simple fun of it, is becoming cost prohibitive. Reloading your own ammunition is part of the answer, but the costs of bullets, powder and primers have soared. Factor in the spate of cold, wet weather and opportunities to shoot are have been scarce this winter. You can go to the KISA indoor rang...
Feb 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Harvey's farmer speech the highlight of the Super Bowl
I confess. I didn’t watch Superbowl XLVII. But after learning about one of the ads, I wish I’d tuned in for those two minutes. No more, thank you. The ad featured a segment of a speech made at the 1978 Future Farmers of America convention by Paul Harvey, the late, great radio broadcaster. The ad’s sponsor, Chrysler (maker of Ram trucks and the reason for the commercial), incorporated the speech as the soundtrack w...
Feb 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started for halibut
Good news! The halibut sport fishing season opened February 1. What? You didn’t realize there was a closed season? It’s academic for most of us due to weather and cold, but in fact the halibut season closes during the month of January to protect their spawning. Halibut fishing in February is academic for most of us too, because the fish are so deep. Even if the weather was warmer, it’s not much fun to fish in wate...
Feb 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter is for reloading
I suspect that more ammunition is reloaded in the depth of winter than at any other time of year. The weather generally stinks and most hunting seasons are closed. The quiet hours while trapped indoors are perfect for reloading. Your mind turns to past and future hunts, and naturally you begin making adjustments to your gear. While many hunters I know reload their ammunition, I’m always surprised many more don’t. ...
Jan 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter gun care
“Here’s my baby!” My friend unzipped the gun case and withdrew his pet. It was a beautiful over-and-under 12-gauge shotgun, conceived from butt pad to muzzle for serious duck hunting. The stock was synthetic in a great marsh grass camo pattern, and the stainless steel of barrels and action had been overlaid with the same pattern. “I didn’t even get to hunt this year, but next year is going to be different,” he vow...
Jan 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Winter studies
“How in the world did you come up with that, Hank?” Over the years, that’s become a familiar refrain from fishing friends. I do some pretty weird things on the water, departures from the usual Kodiak methods. And they often work well. In truth, I owe most of the new fishing methods to Kodiak’s long fishless winter. In lieu of fishing, I read a whole lot about fishing and manage occasional winter fishing trips to d...
Jan 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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