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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: Time to tune up your shooting
Newcomers to Kodiak are startled by our long deer season, beginning each year on August 1 and extending through the end of October on the road system. In fact it runs through December 31 on the remainder of the island. On August 1, most people are chasing halibut and pink salmon without regard fo...
Apr 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walk, bike or paddle to stay in hunting trim
The seeds for this week’s column were planted about a year ago. I “wintered” too well, gathering a few pounds through the holidays as I meanwhile allowed weather and schedules to come between me and my regular exercise routine. By spring, I was in sad shape. It wasn’t so much a matter of poor eat...
Apr 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring lakes
April marks the beginning of some of my favorite fishing of the year. But with the warm winter we’ve experienced this year, I could have started long ago. Most years I’m waiting impatiently for the ice to retreat from road system lakes. Newcomers to the island and even many old timers aren’t awar...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walking stick proves worth on hillsides
The calendar may claim it’s spring, but on Kodiak the claim always seems to precede the fact by a couple of months. Rather than March, our spring always comes sometime in May. This year is nonetheless an anomaly. We’ve certainly had more than our fair share of rain, but you have to climb high int...
Mar 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: The lowly codfish
While I certainly relish the sweet taste of spring’s first halibut, that’s only part of the story. I’m happy with any fresh fish I can get so early in the year! At the top of our list of “alternate” sits the codfish. I know, I know…. Cod can be a royal nuisance when you have your heart set on kin...
Mar 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring tackle boxes
A few weeks ago I wrote about problems with reels that have stored all winter without maintenance. I managed to service all my reels but two before storing them, and I paid the price with the neglected pair. Corrosion, rust and failed lubricants work together to shorten the lifespan of even the m...
Mar 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Last chance for rabbits
The season for snowshoe hares may never close on Kodiak and there may be no bag limit, but in fact there’s a practical limit to when you hunt them. Somewhere around the middle of April their breeding season starts and is in high gear by May. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the arrival of the fir...
Mar 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 ...
Feb 24, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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