Hunting Trips

Nice Guns

Imagine walking into Cabela’s or Gander Mountain and having your pick of shotguns for the next hunting trip. Browning made that happen for us in South Dakota. When I learned of the trip, I was told to leave my shotgun at home. It’s a good thing I did. I don’t think Browning representatives would appreciate me showing up with my Remington Model…

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Good potholes: a hunting trip for the ages

 Crisp, fall air blanketed northeastern South Dakota as my Ford truck rambled down a nearly deserted highway toward a little piece of hunting paradise. I rolled down my window to get a better view and take in the cool, fresh air that could only mean one thing: It’s waterfowl and upland bird hunting time. I passed through one of the…

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Priarie Sky Ranch

Immediately upon arrival, I was greeted by Bruce Prins and his wife. Corrine, who together have created a top-notch hunting facility. The Prins’ Prairie Sky Ranch is located in the Glacial Lakes Region, which means wetlands and lakes dot the area and wildlife is abundant. The ranch is located on the top of a ridge formed by glaciers thousands of…

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Fishing Trips

Fishing Alaska like a local (End)

DOCUMENTARY DAY The following day could have been an outdoor documentary titled Flyfishing With Brown Bears. After making the tundra deathmarch from camp to creek, we hiked downstream of the stretch we had fished before. The route took us along a steep bluff, and I was glad to be atop it. Almost directly below, another sow, this one honey-colored, was…

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Fishing Alaska like a local (P3)

LONG LIVE THE KING The king, or chinook, is one of nature’s grander creations, and its annual migration from ocean to river spawning ground is among nature’s most mysterious and breathtaking events. Silver with black spots in the sea, kings turn a deep red as they near the end of their mating cycle. Driven by a tyrannical imperative to breed,…

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Fishing Alaska like a local (P2)

FIRST CAMP DO IT FOR DOLLARS A DAY Should you decide to go to King Salmon and the Katmai region, try the Ponderosa Inn, if you don’t mind a somewhat “urban” setting. For those who wish more traditional lodging, Virgil and Jean Banach operate a bed-and-breakfast on the Naknek River, about a 20-minute drive up a gravel road from King…

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Fishing Alaska like a local (P1)

The Alaskan wilderness is a fisherman’s paradise, one not solely reserved for wealthy individuals. By learning to fish as the locals do, without guides, such fishing expeditions do not have to be expensive. All it takes is the desire to camp out and explore remote areas by raft and foot. It was a gray afternoon in early July, and there were five…

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Wood maestro keeps Calif. boats fishing; strong season brings boats to Alaska yard

David Peterson specializes in repairing and rebuilding older wooden commercial fishing boats in boatyards around Eureka, Calif. He’s one of the reasons a lot of older wooden boats are still working the waters off the northern California coast. Take the last two boats he recently finished. The 35-foot Terron came out of the Anderson & Cristofani boatyard at Hunter’s Point in San Francisco.…

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