The Consummate Outdoorsman, Gary Lewis, Shares His Insights

Central Oregon’s Trophy Trout Waters

August 16th, 2016

Big trout. We hear that phrase bandied about, but what does it mean? These are the fish that we talk about in pounds not inches. A rainbow that tips the scales at 10 pounds. A brook trout that weighs in at 6 pounds. An 8-pound brown trout. A 10-pound cutthroat. A 20-pound lake trout. A […]

Safari Post 6: Little Women, Big Impala

July 26th, 2014

Mika already could read the track of the leopard from the back of the safari vehicle and knew enough to tell a kudu track from a waterbuck’s. Now it was the last day of our safari and the little girl who had been so shy the first couple of days was teaching us Afrikaans while […]

Safari Post 5: Dances with Snakes

July 25th, 2014
Puff Adder Snake

Some people are afraid to go on safari because of the snakes and the bugs. I used to laugh at that. I like to plan my trips for July. On my first two safaris I saw no snakes and very few bugs. On the third trip, I chopped the head off a black mamba. On […]

Safari Post 4: Living on the Edge

July 24th, 2014
Hyena Track

There are a lot of reasons to take a knife. One hunter said he only used a blade at the dinner table. Another used a knife and his fire starter to build a fire when his PH and trackers left him alone with the carcass of a buffalo. In the dark of that night, he […]

Safari Post 3: A Poor Man’s Leopard Hunt

July 24th, 2014
Bushpig Tracking

If you want to hunt the Big 5 but can’t afford the cost of a leopard or a lion hunt, hunt bushpig. This is exactly the position I found myself in on this safari. The bushpig is a worthy adversary and a challenge, it is a seldom-seen animal that makes its living at night. It […]

Safari Post 2: Knives in Checked Luggage

July 23rd, 2014
Hunting Knives

When taking knives on safari, the biggest danger to the collection is in transit from airport to airport. Knives, of course, are not allowed in carry-on bags in the passenger compartment. Instead, they should be stored away in a suitcase or in a duffel bag with a lock. The best bet is to lock knives […]

Planning Your First Safari

July 22nd, 2014
Safari Planning Tips

This is first of several blog posts where Gary shares his recent 9-day African Safari. He shares helpful tips; his adventures; and a little humor for all. We were set to board the plane for South Africa and a fellow came up to us. “Hey, I noticed you guys are all dressed up like you’re […]

A Challenge Doesn’t Stop Some Oregon Hunters

May 16th, 2014
Disabled Sportsman

“He’s the third one from the left,” I said, without pulling away from the spotting scope. Almost a quarter mile away, a herd of deer grazed on the edge of the field. Behind them stood a partially-constructed eight-foot field fence. Behind the fence rose a hill, crested by rimrock and dotted with juniper trees.

Hunting with a Mountain Bike

May 5th, 2014
Hunting with a Mountain Bike

When I began to go along on hunting trips with my Dad and later with an uncle and cousin, we drove any road we wanted to, parked where we wished and hiked from there. That was then and quite frankly we saw less game in those days. Forest road closures, have changed all that. And […]

Fishing Platforms: Access for Anglers

April 29th, 2014
Fishing for People with Diabilities

A few years ago, headed downriver from Maupin, I stopped to check out a platform that had been built out over the Deschutes River. While I stood there looking down at the water, a fellow pulled up in an old pickup and began to assemble his tackle. Mere months before, an uninsured, unlicensed drunk driver […]

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