Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: The Haunt

When the sun goes down, the biggest and the rarest of the wild hogs come out to feed. This is when a hunter might get a chance at a white or a silver boar. By Gary Lewis South of San Antonio, twenty-four hours into a two-day hunt for wild boar, we stopped to check the trail cameras. In front of an automatic feeder, I’d set the first one, a new Bushnell Trophy Cam HD. When I put the card in the laptop halfway through the hunt, I clicked through more than 200 images. Huge numbers of animals had fed...

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PacWest Outdoors: Our Gear-Up Guide for the Chukar Hunter

Get ready for fall hunts with this look at upland bird hunting tools for our favorite time of year. By Gary Lewis A shotgun, a pointing dog, a good pair of boots and all that land all the way to the horizon. If there is one great wing-shooting opportunity for the rugged individual in the West, it’s the chukar hunt. And much of the best chukar habitat is on land owned in common by all Americans. If there is anything else to bring along, it fits behind the seat of the truck and in the game vest. For the...

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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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