Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: Air Boats, Alligators, and Adventure Land

Central Oregonians in Central Florida on a hunt for the Real Florida. By Gary Lewis Have you been to Disney?” On the last leg, from Salt Lake to Orlando, I sat next to a 70-year-old attorney from central Florida. I wanted to catch a glimpse of authentic Florida. I asked what he thought a visitor to Florida should see, grasp and take away. He thought for a minute then asked if I had been to Disneyworld. Really? We stayed at the Driftwood Resort in Vero Beach, a delightful place and toured the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. When...

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PacWest Outdoors: Smoke on the Water

Smallmouth bass, crude oil, and current events on the Columbia River. By Gary Lewis One of the funny things about smallmouth is how they got out west. The bronze-bodied fish with the angry red eyes were brought by railroad in buckets from the upper Midwest in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In some cases, smallies bound for elsewhere were released into creeks and rivers because trains derailed or were delayed. The hardy fish thrived wherever it found cool, flowing water. It did so well in the Columbia, the state of Oregon recently did away with the size and...

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PacWest Outdoors: In The Way Of Silence

A hunt for black bear in cedars with a rifle that belonged to Chub Eastman. By Gary Lewis His name was Charles Eastman. Most folks called him Chub, others called him Grizz. After a career that included Winchester, Leupold & Stevens and Nosler, he was one of the country’s foremost authorities on rifles. When I heard he was gone, I picked up the rifle again and turned it over in my hands. It was a Mauser 9.3×62 stocked in figured wood, hand-checkered. It wore a slim 6X Leupold. Its bolt was polished and textured where the hand would contact...

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PacWest Outdoors: The Good Old Days in Blacktail Country

A 1914 Model T and old Winchesters on the hunt in the 21st Century. To these young hunters, these are the good old days. By Gary Lewis I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But, it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary, will be unable to own...

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PacWest Outdoors: Strap On Sixguns And Stoke That Lever-Action

Join the Single Action Shooters Society to explore family history and tune up shooting skills in the off-season. By Gary Lewis A couple of years ago, digging through a box of old family photos, I came on a newspaper clipping of one Paul Cunningham, my grandma’s uncle. A larger than life character, his visage had been carved on a totem pole on Whidbey Island and I remembered what grandma had to say about him. He was a big game hunter, a lover of fine rifles and fast horses, a friend of Buffalo Bill Cody. He was a frontier policeman...

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