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September 19, 2014
Hunting mountain sheep is tough
September always makes me think of mountain sheep hunting, because this is the time of the year when the high country is at its finest — insects are remnants of what they were six weeks ago, autumn snows have not arrived in any amount, and the arctic willow is a splendor of colors...
September 19, 2014 - 6:56am
September 12, 2014
A reunion of sorts
“He didn’t want much to see them, with years in their faces and aches in their bones and the past in their heads so that all they could talk about, while whisky stirred dead fires, was this and that of long ago.” — The Way West, A. B. Guthrie And so it has been one of the...
September 12, 2014 - 6:11am
September 5, 2014
Hunt ends on a high note
(Last of two parts) We drive in the dark from Magdalena, N.M. heading west on the two-lane highway, and turn north on a sandy road just as the...
September 5, 2014 - 6:25am
August 22, 2014
Some Kuntzisms to ponder over
Having long fit the description of “old geezer” and “curmudgeon,” I have made certain observations over the decades that relate to the out-of-doors. Following are some “Kuntzisms” that you may or may not agree with. *Shotguns with longer barrels do not “shoot harder.”...
August 22, 2014 - 6:30am
August 15, 2014
Labs and dreaded baths
“You boneheads don’t know it but you are on a collision course with ‘the dreaded bath.’” I am speaking to Labradors Lucy and Oscar, who are sitting, listening to me as if they understand, and waiting for the words, “treat,” “supper,” “goodies,” “dog-dogs”...
August 15, 2014 - 7:11am
August 8, 2014
Remembering a great friend
T he first time I met Dean Tait was in June 1967 during the second year he and his father, Ted, owned T & D Amisk Cabins. The last time I...
August 8, 2014 - 6:35am
August 1, 2014
Taking proper care of fish
When I was a teenager I knew of an old fellow who carried onto a boat a rectangular wash tub where he would toss northern pike that he and his family caught. The fish were a sight to see when he arrived in camp in late afternoon. Sitting in the sun all day, the fish had a brown,...
August 1, 2014 - 8:50am
July 25, 2014
More fine Amisk fishing
During the boat run to Warehouse Bay I think back on the trip so far. Memorable stuff, like when we reached the border and Canadian customs asked Laurie and Katrina where they were going. Ben piped and said enthusiastically, “Canada!” The guard chuckled and said, “Canada’s...
July 25, 2014 - 8:09am
July 18, 2014
Family voyage to Amisk Lake
(First of two parts) “Each of us has an ‘Up North.’ It’s a time and a place far from the here and now. It’s a map on the wall, a dream in the making, a tugging at one’s soul. For those who feel the tug, who make the dream happen, who put the map in the packsack and go,...
July 18, 2014 - 8:45am
July 11, 2014
A half century of The Wilderness Act
Fifty years ago The Wilderness Act was signed into law, establishing wilderness areas in a number of states, particularly in the West, creating a uniquely American concept. That is wild lands preserved in their original state, yet open to hiking, backpacking, horse-riding, hunting,...
July 11, 2014 - 7:12am
June 27, 2014
Let the family adventure begin
“I grew up in paradise and didn’t know it,” Katrina says wistfully as she watches the trees and sky from our patio in Bozeman, Montana. “Just listen to the wind through the trees, the leaves rustling … in Texas and Oklahoma all we had was wind.” She thinks a moment and...
June 27, 2014 - 7:28am
June 13, 2014
Tales of breaking a few fishing rods
One of the most ingenious stories of breaking a fishing rod is a tale I read not long ago about a fellow fishing for smallmouth bass out of a kayak (why in the hell would anyone fish out of a kayak?) According to this guy’s account, he landed a smallmouth caught on a jig, but while...
June 13, 2014 - 6:22am
May 30, 2014
Hewitt’s book a great buy
Gray’s Sporting Journal published a piece I wrote entitled “Absaroka Rams” in its fall 1979 issue, and I have been a subscriber ever since, exposing me to the tales of John Hewitt, who wrote regularly for Gray’s over several decades until he suffered a stroke seven years ago...
May 30, 2014 - 7:38am
May 23, 2014
Big-game hunting costs outrageous
In 1967 at age 18 I determined that I wanted to go on a hunting trip somewhere out-of-state, so I contacted a few outfitters in western states and Canada. I settled on a mountain lion hunt in southeastern British Columbia because it was all I could afford at the time. (The outfitter...
May 23, 2014 - 6:21am
May 16, 2014
Farewell to fly-fishing
I quit fly-fishing about the same time as I quit riding motorcycles — when I was in my late 40s. I ceased the motorcycle riding because I began to feel my mortality, thinking I might end up crippled up in an accident. As it was, I managed to become disabled even without a motorcycle...
May 16, 2014 - 6:15am