Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: Kodiak Island – In the Constellation of The Hunter

The hunt and the tradition are best learned experience upon experience. By Gary Lewis A few years ago, History Channel released a series called The Hunt, narrated by James Hetfield, songwriter, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist for Metallica. “Twice a year,” the History Channel press release explained, “on the rugged island of Kodiak, a select group of Hunters head into the wilderness for the ultimate test against the elements and the largest land predator on Earth – the Kodiak brown bear.” On the celestial equator the stars that form the constellation Orion, are known to various cultures to represent the...

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PacWest Outdoors: Vapor Trails in Cap Rock Country

Hunting Belding’s ground squirrel and rockchucks in eastern Oregon. By Gary Lewis Orchard grass or alfalfa. As goes the price of feed, so goes the price of beef and lamb and the cost to keep of course, a horse. According to the fellow at the feed store, orchard grass was going for $10 an 85-pound bale that year. Alfalfa was running $18 for a 160-pound bale. Each year, the cost varies according to supply and the demand. If the mule deer out in the fields were any indication, demand was high. They streamed down out of the junipers to...

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PacWest Outdoors: Blacktail Deer, Black Powder and White Smoke

Antlerless hunts offer additional opportunity for hunters in some western states. By Gary Lewis Our hunt was all but over. On the morning of the third day, both of our hunters had tagged out with blacktail bucks, one taken on a ridge top at the edge of a bank of cloud, ghost-like in the mist. The other was on a ridge on the other side of the valley, in sunshine under a clear blue sky. When my hunting partner (and TV producer) Sam Pyke, and I planned this trip, we had both applied for, and won antlerless tags that...

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Pac West Outdoors: Scimitars – South of Eden

Hunting the scimitar-horned oryx in the Hill Country where Texans helped save the species from extinction. By Gary Lewis Dead ahead, five hundred yards distant, on the fringe of a feather-leafed patch of mesquite and prickly pear at the edge where grass as green as the day of creation gave way to forest, stood three scimitar-horned oryx. They gave no indication they had seen us, but we were not fooled, Roger Schmidt least of all. With their horns flashing in the early light, they fed into tall cover. Ryan Lentz let out his breath. He carried a Nosler Custom...

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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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