outdoor column

Balance of state waterfowl season to open

The far, northern reaches of California – Northeastern Zone – opened for waterfowl hunting on October 10, the second Saturday of the month. While some local, truly die-hard wat ...

Early winter, maybe, but fishing result are great now

Some weather prognosticators are saying it’s going to be a dry winter for Northern California. If the last couple of storms are any indication of the future, that might not be tr ...

Get lost in the woods? Here's how to stay safe until "found"

Every year it happens. A large search party gets launched to search for a hunter that crossed a ridge, lost his orientation, and can’t figure out where he is. Many of the state ...

Is using a guide ever worth the expense?

Hunters, especially those headed to areas outside of California, commonly utilize the services of guides. The reasons are simple: they have knowledge of the area, they’re familia ...

Fishing success largely depends on experience and time

A reader recently emailed me that he just isn’t experiencing a great deal of success fishing and that he’d like to have some success at it before his two sons lose interest. H ...

Boat not running as fast as you like; it might be the prop

A boat is a big investment and it doesn’t matter if it’s a small aluminum or something considerably larger. Unless your boat is powered with a jet drive you are relying on a pr ...

Nimbus Salmon Festival a no-go for 2009

The October salmon festival at the state operated Nimbus Hatchery has been held for the past 12 years and has been something well attended by not only the general public but also b ...

Be careful when cleaning your boat

It doesn’t matter the size of the boat. They are an investment and for some people, a very big investment. You do almost daily upkeep and maintenance on your home for both pride ...

Tuesday is the opener for the 2009 dove hunting season

I didn’t believe the cool down and weather break we had a couple weeks ago would be the only weather break the area would experience prior to the dove hunting season opener. The ...

Lice covered trout? It's not a problem

Your rod takes a dive and the battle is on. When you dip your net into the water and net the fish, you wonder what you actually caught. It fought like a fish. It looks like a fish ...