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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...
Nov 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Nov 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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...
Nov 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 Navy...
Nov 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Tackle your fall fishing chores by packing away properly
I’m tossing in the towel! Good fishing continues in local waters, but I’m through for the season. The weather and water temperature have passed my comfort threshold, and other outdoor interests abound. Fishing isn’t as much fun than it was a month ago. With so many alternatives, what’s the issue? My tackle is in such disarray I can’t simply walk away from it. It has to be maintained before storage, or it will be r...
Nov 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Startup for snowshoe hare
Even with no closed season and no bag limit for snowshoe hare on Kodiak, hunting is mostly a winter affair. For one thing, the grass and brush are too thick to see them in summer and fall. I start my hunting well before the grass is thinned, because the early hunts help me zero in on their distribution and habits. Call my early hunts “scouting trips” and you’re close to the mark. I usually start my hunting early i...
Oct 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: One last trip
It’s hard to put away the fishing tackle for the year. I’m almost certain that I’m through fishing, but I have tackle still waiting for cleaning and storage in case I want to make one last visit to the water. There are no shortage of fishing opportunities even late in October. It’s a matter of donning the long underwear, gloves and hats to take advantage of them. But that’s a big step when the thermometer on my po...
Oct 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Remote deer dreams don’t have to be a nightmare
Before you know it, the road system deer season will be closed for the year. Anyone still hoping for sweet venison on the table will have to travel to find it. As a matter of fact deer hunts to remote parts of the island are annual traditions for many families. The hunting can be terrific and just as important for many of us, we’re unlikely to encounter other hunters. The reduced deer population due to last year’s...
Oct 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Stretch the deer season by expanding your toolbox
This is turning out to be a tough deer season on the road system for lots of hunters. Last winter’s harsh conditions appear to have cropped the population considerably. Dedicated hunters can still find bucks, but they have to invest a lot of time and walk a Stretch the deer season by expanding your toolboxlot of miles to find a legal buck. Do you feel the end of the road system season closing in on you? If you hav...
Oct 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Gore-Tex survey rates Kodiak as tops in hunting, worst in conditions
A new nationwide survey conducted by Gore-Tex has identified Kodiak Island as the place with the best hunting but worst conditions in the United States. The survey included "avid hunter-athletes, representatives of top hunting organizations and members of the hunting media," according to an email from W.L. Gore & Associates, which manufactures Gore-Tex. Eleana Collins, a spokeswoman for Gore & Associates, said Ala...
Oct 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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