Author: Gary Lewis

PacWest Outdoors: Prep School For Predator Hunters

Schooling two new coyote hunters in the desert in Eastern Oregon By Gary Lewis We tend to think about coyote hunting a bit too late in the season. Hunters who love to hunt coyotes more than anything else know that August and September are the best months to hunt the sharp-toothed critters. That’s when the pups get kicked out of their dens and learn to hunt on their own. But deer and elk seasons – October and November – offer good opportunities to call in coyotes too. My favorite place to hunt coyotes is around livestock where the predators...

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Double Rifles “On Safari” in the High Desert

Prepping for a hunt in Africa on static, moving and charging targets back home By Gary Lewis We’ve had reports of a couple of crop-raiding elephants in the vicinity. We think they’re close and if we don’t act now, they could destroy some junipers. And we here in Central Oregon love our junipers.” They stood in a semi-circle as I described the upcoming “safari,” to two dozen enthusiasts of the double rifle and the big bore bolt rifle, firearms that the uninitiated refer to as “elephant guns”. We encouraged our shooters to wear safari gear, a shade-giving hat and...

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Reflected Light On The Upper Columbia

A quest for sockeye salmon seven dams up the big river By Gary Lewis Sunlight seeped into the consciousness of the dark over the hills of the Columbia Basin. I thought back to the night before. We had checked into the Marriott in Wenatchee, received a visitor basket full of apples and applets and cotlets and other goodness. Off the highway into the lap of luxury. And then I called our guide for the morrow, Brad Wagner. “I’ll be by to pick you up at 2:30,” he said. “Excuse me? Did you say 2:30 in the morning?” He said...

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PacWest Outdoors: To Catch a Shark

With fur and feathers and chum on a savage sea. By Gary Lewis You’ve heard of Shark Week on Discovery Channel. This is not that. We booked two days on the F/V Miss Raven, a 43-foot fishing vessel out of Newport. Our mission was to find blue sharks in the deep blue, chum them to the surface and stick them with feathers. We called it Shark Weekend. On board were my daughter Tiffany and her husband, Sterling West, Paul Galvin, Sam Pyke, Will Saunders and Mathew McFarland and his boys, Chisel and Finney. To catch sharks on the fly,...

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PacWest Outdoors: Pig Central

Hunting Hogs in the Foothills of Central California By Gary Lewis You don’t have to hunt for very long before people start telling you about great hunting places. These are what are known as wild goose chases. It is easy to fall for them, but you never know until you go. My friend Tim Rose called this one Pig Central and it was central all right – Central California. We were five hours out of Redding when Sam Pyke entered the keywords Hollister, CA, into his iPhone app and calculated our course. We hooked a right off of Interstate...

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