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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: Try these tricks for luring year’s first Dolly Varden
Fishing for Dolly Varden is a rite of spring for Kodiak anglers. Days lengthen noticeably in May and the air warms. The rivers fill with Dollies, and it’s time to start the new fishing season. I wish I could predict the date when the run will start, but it’s highly variable from year to year. Ris...
May 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Whales and eagles but no bears (oh, my!)
My wife and I had celebrated a small weather break with a stroll along the top of sea cliffs after dinner. Looking down below us we noticed three sea otters alongside a reef. That wasn’t unusual, because we see them feeding there on almost every visit. But this time they were absolutely still, no...
Apr 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bear Chronicles 2015: Old bruin knows dinner bell, good manners
November 2005 was notable for early, heavy snow and generally lousy weather on the southeast end of Kodiak Island. Snow drifts were over knee deep in places and drifts on the lee side of the prevailing northwest winds were too deep to gauge. We had a group of four veterinarians from Arizona, New ...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Jig, mooch for kings without downriggers
I’m among the legions who love king salmon, both on the line and on the table. I’ve fished for them for over 50 years now, and they continue to fascinate me. In recent years downriggers have become standard equipment for saltwater fishing. They certainly make it easier to catch kings when they’re...
Apr 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 20 20 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 | 26 26 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 | 31 31 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 | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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