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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: Shed your winter weight to better enjoy the outdoors
I doubt I’m alone in feeling confined by all the snow Kodiak has “enjoyed” this year. I grew up in the desert and I’m more of a walker and less of a snow sport enthusiast. Recent visits to desert country confirmed the distinction.The wide-open spaces and easy walking beckoned like no fresh layer ...
Apr 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Light tackle fishing
If you’re planning to buy new rods and reels for your boat this year, don’t be too quick to settle on traditional halibut gear. The door has opened on a new world in halibut fishing, and there are very good reasons to move on to the newer options. When you hear “halibut” rods, what do you think o...
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Plug-cut your herring and pre-rig for trolling
Boat owners will know immediately what I mean by recommending “pre-rigging” for trolling. Passengers in the boat might not appreciate the fine details, but they will immediately recognize the clatter of tackle boxes and tangle of leaders if the owner isn’t pre-rigged or prepared for gear changes ...
Mar 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: How not to slip up on felt-soled wader ban
Starting this year, felt soles on waders are no longer legal in Alaska. Why is that? Felt is an ideal surface for collecting and holding small critters and bits of plants. It doesn’t pose a problem if you stay in the same watershed, but the moment you move on to another, your felt soles carry the...
Mar 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Be ready for big ones as soon as lakes thaw
I suspect I’m not the only angler on Kodiak who’s sick of winter! I’ve exorcized my frustration by cleaning, repairing and replacing tackle, but there’s only so much you can do. Inevitably, you have to start a search for fishing opportunities. The long spate of cold weather has kept the lakes sea...
Mar 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Tackle your tackle box before fishing
Do you need a jolt to stir you from your winter doldrums? Here’s a good way to startle yourself into spring. Open your tackle box! It doesn’t seem to matter how carefully I cleaned and stored my tackle last fall, nasty little gremlins work all winter to mess it up. At the very least, opening a ta...
Mar 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Choosing right air gun is a weighty decision
Last week I described options for shooting practice in foul weather, but this week I am going to get very specific. None of us can make it to the range as often as we need or want for shooting practice, no matter the time of year or state of the weather. But to become a really good shot and stay ...
Feb 28, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Set your sights on better muscle tone, breath control
The weather has been hard on everyone’s shooting practice over the last couple of months. Though I usually spend lots of time in the field with a gun in February, it has been a challenge this year just to get out of my driveway! Even if you’re willing to brave the roads, you’ll find another compl...
Feb 21, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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