Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: Lesson Learned! 12 Mule Deer Hunting Mistakes

Don’t watch the girls! And 11 more of the most common muley hunting blunders we make. By Gary Lewis We are poor predators at best. Mule deer are far better at survival than we are at turning them into steaks and burger. Sometimes it is good to remember what NOT to do. Over the years, I have made many mistakes on big bucks. Perhaps you, like me, are prone to learn things the hard way. Try to learn from the mistakes of others. Here are some of the classic blunders from mule deer country. Mistake No. 12: Park in...

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PacWest Outdoors: The Odds of Catching Pink Salmon

While the forecast for this year’s pink salmon run is down, there are still a lot of fish destined for the rivers of the Puget Sound. By Gary Lewis Along the banks of the Skagit, the regular waterline was visible, a white stripe along the rocks a foot above the surface. We launched near Sedro-Woolley and powered downstream toward the railroad trestle. Last time I fished the Skagit, way up in western Washington, the pinks were in. The big run hits the river every other summer in odd-numbered years. They may be finicky at times, but pink salmon are...

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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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