Author: Gary Lewis

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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PacWest Outdoors: Breaking The Ice

A young dog learns her way around the duck blind. By Gary Lewis We wadered up in Dave Rogers’ seed barn. He had a sweet black Lab named Annie that knew she was top dog. When she met my pudelpointer, Liesl, she had to prove it. They had a little scrap and after the pecking order had been reinforced, everyone got along fine. Rogers calls his place River Refuge. He plants crops to encourage the birds to feed year-round or stop on their migrations north and south. Situated close to the Willamette, located just out of Brownsville, Rogers’ refuge...

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PacWest Outdoors: Easy Elk

While taking an elk in Oregon or Washington is never a cake walk, some tags are easier to draw and some units are much more hunter-friendly. By Gary Lewis Here in this valley, we are like the last line of defense to keep the elk out of the next valley. If they get down there into the orchards, it would be chaos.” My friend Dale, the property owner, waited for my dad and me on the gravel road. Through a screen of 30-year-old evergreens, we could see tan and chocolate shapes on a grassy slope, framed against the dark...

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PacWest Outdoors: Westerners Are Weakest Links In Minnesota Bear Camp

Hunting black bear from tree stands in the Upper Peninsula. By Gary Lewis Shifting shafts of sunlight sifted through timber. Squirrels chattered in the trees, chipmunks flitted through leafy groundcover. Then the camp robbers and jays appeared in the treetops. Brian Bachman, the owner of Arrowhead Wilderness Outfitters, had walked in with me. In a low voice, he whispered my instructions. “Sit still and watch.” He pointed to two paw-worn paths. “Bears come on that trail and they come on that one. They might also walk in on the trail we came in on.” With that, he walked away....

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