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Deer Hunting in the ‘Burbs: Urban Archery Seasons Open Across the Country

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Archery hunters in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas and Minnesota may not have to go far to find their deer this year, some will walk out their back door and climb into a tree stand in their own backyard. These states have all instituted Urban Deer Hunting programs and the trend is spreading. The Arrowhead Bowhunters Alliance started hunting in Duluth, Minnesota, over ... Read More »

Hunting Poodles: Pretty and Practical

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When I heard that Uncle Si of Duck Dynasty had bought himself a standard poodle for hunting, my first thought was “That’s reality TV for ya, pretty dang unreal.” So when I heard that I was to play host for a gathering of poodles and their owners in my own backyard, I thought, “I gotta see this!” This group was on their ... Read More »

Humpie Heaven: If You Ain’t Fishing It, You’re Missing It

Kimberly Mason, Puyallup River, Pink Salmon

PUYALLUP RIVER — I had been waiting for this day for two years. Did the fishing live up to my expectations? Absolutely. If you haven’t fished the Puyallup River for pink salmon, you’ve been missing out. Big time. Yeah, it’s crowded. Yeah, it’s a long drive for us here in Lewis County. But it’s worth every mile. In three hours ... Read More »

10 Rules of Combat Fishing Etiquette

It takes a coordinated effort for an angler to land a fish along a long line of fisherman. When there is more than one fish on at a time, it becomes a ballet of skill and courtesy.

I spent several days in a on the Cowlitz this week. Some days I only worked my line for a few hours and other days I spent most of my time wading in and out of the water whenever someone hooked a fish and I saw a photo opportunity in the making. I started the week hunting fall Chinook (my ... Read More »

Space Invaders: A Short Study of the Abundant and Abundantly Interesting, Irritating and Destructive Species in Local Waters

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I spent some time at two of our more picturesque and fine-fishing local ponds this week: Swofford Pond (Mossyrock) and South Lewis County Pond (Toledo). I didn’t catch any fish, but that was probably because I was concentrating my efforts on photographing the wildlife — some of which was very weird wildlife. South Lewis County Pond is a local favorite ... Read More »

Riffe Lake Silvers at Mossyrock Dam

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I was invited to tag along on a trip to the Mossyrock Dam (off HWY 12, just under 3 miles past Mossyrock) to fish Riffe Lake for silvers (aka landlocked coho) with Jay and Lucie yesterday. I arrived 15 minutes after Jay began fishing, he already had his limit of five fish on the bank. Why were the fish on ... Read More »

Dual Purpose Dog: Lucie Labrador

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Six months ago, Lucie the Labrador retriever was found alone and near death from starvation, wandering the streets of Yakima. At the same time in Salkum, Jay Pattee was sitting in his home, looking for a dog on the Internet. “I hit this site called Res Q Angels. They’re in Yakima. I saw Lucie’s picture and called right away,” said ... Read More »

Winter-run Steelheading with Guide Scott Gibson

Matt Russell, Auburn, Winter-run Steelhead

COWLITZ RIVER — For those of you that think of a good days fishing and instantly recall hot summer days spent kicked back in a row boat on a lake with a lazy attitude and six-pack of cold beer, quietly drinking in the scenery and not really caring whether you go home with anything more than a deeper tan — ... Read More »

Steelie Chrome Dreams Come True

Photo by Brandon Mullins. After landing my first buck steelhead I kissed my fish while guide Scott Gibson looked on with a wry grin.

COWLITZ RIVER — Perhaps you have finished your holiday shopping, sent all the cards you intend to send, decorated your house with lights and wreaths, and have even started to partake in holiday cheer by sharing the love of the season with friends and family. Not me. I haven’t even begun any of my holiday chores. Not one. Nothing. I’ve ... Read More »

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