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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: New Year’s freezer hides treasures, evils
I always prepare a special meal of fish or game for New Year’s Eve, so the day before I opened the freezer to survey possibilities. Holy cow! What a train wreck. In spite of all efforts to organize while adding treasures last summer and fall, the shelves had deteriorated to chaos. Who knew what l...
Jan 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Resolutions for fun year outdoors
Everyone has rituals for welcoming the New Year, ranging from parties with favorite dishes and drinks to heartfelt resolutions to “do better” in the next year. While I relish the gatherings with friends and family, I shy away from stern life-changing resolutions. My resolutions are more like plan...
Dec 27, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Holidays are a perfect time to share toys and hobbies with family
The Christmas holiday means days off with lots of family time and new toys for all ages. Kodiak’s long-range weather forecast of “mostly cloudy with a chance of snow” for the weekend has implications, though. It’s hard to tell at this point whether you will spend your time indoors or outdoors. Ev...
Dec 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Suit up in seaweed for tidal flats duck hunting
The last few weeks of duck season are my favorite time to hunt. There can be more ducks than at any other time of the season, and there are fewer hunters. But you have to specialize your hunting methods and pay close attention to the distribution and movements of the ducks. Freezing weather and s...
Dec 13, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Finding something special for an outdoor specialist
Is there a more difficult person to shop for than an outdoor enthusiast? Not in my experience. If you have an outdoor nut on your Christmas list, you have your hands full. Their fondest dream gifts are likely beyond your budget, and searching for meaningful gifts you can afford is a challenge. An...
Dec 06, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Experience pays when fitting a firearm
Of all the gear hunters own and carry, none is more personal than a gun. No matter the season, more thought and investment go into a firearm than any other aspect of hunting. But beyond that insight, it’s hard to generalize. Hunters range from casual to devoted, and along with that they put littl...
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Preparing firearms inside and out for storage season
As challenging as the hunting may be in Kodiak weather, an even bigger challenge surfaces after the season. When you put your guns away, they have to stay in good shape till the next time you use them. A host of challenges await an untended gun. Even if you did a perfect job of cleaning it, the o...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Don't duck challenge of November fowl
November sorts the serious duck hunters from the casual enthusiasts. But it’s not strictly a matter of deteriorating weather. The time and work required for few ducks discourages most hunters. The ducks seem to have left, and the few you see are just about impossible to approach. The up side is t...
Nov 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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