The Consummate Outdoorsman, Gary Lewis, Shares His Insights

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 […]

3-D Archery – Get Ready for Archery Season

April 14th, 2014
3D Archery for Bow Hunting

The day after a recent 3-D archery shoot I spent some time looking at my scorecard and straightening bent arrows. I’ve been using and getting used to a new bow over the past few months. Thus far, my shooting has been confined to my back yard and a homemade target. Without being able to safely […]

Up a Creek in Wallace, Idaho

March 27th, 2014
Up a Creek in Wallace, Idaho

They took out the stoplight on I-90 in 1991 and the townsfolk in Wallace, Idaho, their feelings hurt by the freeway bypass, proclaimed a manhole cover the Center of the Universe. I remember the stoplight. We stopped there in the 1970s on a trip to Montana. We ate lunch in a diner then hit the […]

Hunters Learn Answer to Age-Old Question

March 12th, 2014
Bow Hunting Tale

By the time we had bought bows, scrapped a dozen arrows, purchased tags and supplies for the trip there wasn’t much money left for camo gear. Figuring that if it was good enough for the US Army ten years ago it was good enough for us, we went looking for surplus army clothes with other […]

Mosquitoes – Go Prepared or Go Crazy

February 22nd, 2014
Be Prepared for Mosquitoes

A cougar screamed at us as we walked home in the dark one night along the Kalama river. I’ve encountered black bears at less than ten yards – one stealing honey from bees, another standing on her hind legs to get a closer look at me. On each occasion I walked carefully away, albeit with […]

Links to the Past Best Left in the Ground

February 11th, 2014
Stewards of the Land

When you hunt, fish, hike or camp anywhere in Oregon, you’re never far from traces of the past. If you take the time to look, an ancient trail through the pass, petroglyphs above the river, broken pottery in the water and obsidian flakes in old campsites all bear mute testimony to those who’ve gone before.

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