Author: Gary Lewis

Sage Rats From The Second Story

By Gary Lewis In case you haven’t noticed, the price of everything is higher than it used to be. We can’t blame inflation because the government’s economic indicators tell us that inflation is low.But consider the price of gas for example. We are now burning in our tanks, a fuel blended with corn, a substance we formerly called food or, if we gave it to cattle, feed. That has caused the price of both food and feed to increase. Perhaps you have noticed that ammunition (when you can find it) is quite a bit more expensive than it used...

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PacWest Outdoors: Gear Up for Gobblers

How to set up a shotgun and tailor a load for a big spring turkey By Gary Lewis My taste in shotguns runs to wood and blued steel. I like two barrels, one on top of the other or side by side, but last year I picked up a Weatherby SA-08 semi-automatic which I figured could see duty between late season goose hunts, 3-gun competitions and turkey seasons. I didn’t need another shotgun I told myself, but then I reflected on a day in a turkey blind a few years ago. We had set up in what I guessed...

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PacWest Outdoors – Oreo Meets Mr. California

Hunting valley quail in Klamath County By Gary Lewis Darren said, “These things are runners. You’ll want to hunt with sixes today.” Number six shot, like we’d use for chukar, like we’d use for pheasants or even turkeys. It was a day better than we had any right to expect. With a little wind to start, Oreo would catch the scent of the birds Darren said we would find. “I want you to spread out. I’ll be in the middle,” Darren Roe said. “Gary, you take one side, Bill, you take the other. Oreo will range out as far...

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PacWest Outdoors: Hunting With Heroes On The Klickitat Prairie

By Gary Lewis Cured to a golden brown, the tall grass bent with the wind. Leaves, ablaze with October color, skittered down the dirt road. As the sun warmed the hilltops on a Saturday in October, we gathered inside a barn on a ranch called Horseshoe Bend between Klickitat and Goldendale, Washington. Sitting on folding chairs and hay bales were 45 men and women who had signed up for this adventure. Among them were scattered volunteers and sponsors, there to make sure the men and women who served our country had a chance to enjoy themselves with a gun...

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PacWest Outdoors: Prospecting For A Muzzleloader Blacktail

Mining the record books for blacktail gold with binoculars and blackpowder rifles. By Gary Lewis The new route follows the California road about 350 miles from here, it then leaves Ogdens or Marys river and enters Oregon by the way of the Clamet Lakes, Rogue river, Umpqua and the head of the Willamette valley—it shortens the road—avoids the dangers of Snake & Columbia rivers and passes S. of the Cascade Mts.—there is almost every place plenty of grass and water & every wagon ox or cow may enter Oregon.” – from a letter written by Jesse Applegate in1846 In...

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