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Hump Kicking Out Fish; Beware Hazard Below Stevens Cr.

Beware New Hazard Below Stevens Creek

By Jason Brooks



The Humptulips River in Grays Harbor is still kicking out late Coho with good size to them. It is also sinking boats with a new hazard near the Stevens Creek hatchery. Just below the boat chute is a tight corner to the left. Normally rowers would try to keep from being pushed into the wall on the right side of the river as the hydraulics of the river force you to the outside of the corner. I had heard of a boat sinking this past weekend at this same spot but not as you would think. Guide Ray Vermillion of Lucky Strike Guide Service (206-661-1189) rowed over to us above the boat chute and told us to hug the outside corner and be ready to push off of the wall, and no matter what to stay as far right as possible as there is a new boil in the middle of the river.

This is how the boat sunk, as it stayed near the left side and went right into the boil where the waters are churning. It is so violent that there is no way to row out of it and the water comes over the side of the boat quickly.

After getting through the chute and the corner we rowed down to a little spot that has always been good to us. Brian Chlipala floated eggs I had cured up in Pro-Cure’s Last Supper Egg Cure with a bit of Monster Bite added. As I dropped anchor and was preparing my North Fork Customs float rod Brian announced he had a fish pulling his float under. The fish headed to the middle of the river and soon the big slabbed Coho was able to use the current to free himself from the 1/0 hook.



Switching over to twitching Mack’s Lure Rock Dancer jigs soaked with Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna bait oil, Grant Blinn began catching fish after fish. He had landed and released three fish before I even hooked my first one of the day. Grant and I both were using the North Fork Customs Twitching series rod which makes it easy to get the right action of your jig and not tire your arm or wrist.

Brian then hooked into a big hooknose and while fighting the fish another splashed behind us. Grant made a cast and it was a double. I instantly became the primary netter and scooped up Brian’s bright hatchery fish. Grant lost his but then hooked another one a few casts later and yet another chrome hatchery fish came to the boat.

We took a break and found a large gravel bar. There Grant cooked up some lunch on my Camp Chef Stryker Stove, a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. Hot apple cider and some soup.



It was finally my turn to hook into a hatchery Coho. Not as bright but still a good fish. Limits of silvers in the boat we pushed off and floated down the river. I kept trying to get the guys to bobberdog for steelhead but instead we just enjoyed the day and told jokes as we floated. Sometimes your epic day includes catching fish until lunch and then just enjoying the river all afternoon.

If you head out to the Humptulips this winter, either for late Coho or for steelhead, be sure to row away from hazards and know that it might be your best option to rope it down around the corner below Stevens Creek.

Ontario Knife Company Launches New Website


Provides Information, Resources and the Ability to Shop for Products Online

Ontario Knife Company (OKC) is excited to announce the launch of its new website which features an updated design and a streamlined user experience, enabling visitors a comprehensive mobile-friendly resource for all of OKC’s knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools. The new website supports the company’s mission of creating quality products and ways to continually provide access to both those products and information with a multitude of new features including maintenance education, third-party products reviews, news and more.


“Our website now mirrors the advancements we made in recent years improving our manufacturing processes, quality, and new product development,” said Deneb Pirrone, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for OKC. “The updated design aligns with the new look of our retail packaging and marketing creatives to provide customers with a consistent brand experience. The standardized design coupled with the site’s new UX makes it easier for customers to find – The Knife You Need When You Need a Knife.”

The main page of the new site allows visitors to easily navigate through the product categories of Home, Tools, Tactical, Survival and Hunting. This enables users to find the product or information they are looking for quickly and efficiently. Visitors can learn about the company, which employs advanced capabilities including a broad-spectrum of metal and plastic fabrication operations for OKC branded products as well as OEM manufacturing services. Additional content including knife maintenance recommendations and third party product reviews make the site a valuable resource of information both before and after a purchase of an OKC knife or tool.

Outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, campers, first responders, and chefs alike will find it a breeze to shop for their favorite OKC brands including Old Hickory, SPEC-PLUS, Agilite, Ontario Ranger, RAT, and Robeson. The improved shopping functionality of the site, along with thoughtful design, works to minimize the number of clicks making the shopping experience simple and straightforward. Visit the site at and see for yourself.

Founded in 1889, the Ontario Knife Company is an award-winning knife, cutlery, and tool manufacturer operating out of Upstate New York for over 125 years. OKC produces a wide range of tools, including cutlery and kitchenware, hunting and fishing knives, machetes, survival and rescue equipment, science and medical tools, and tactical knives. OKC has a long tradition of building knives and tools for the U.S. military, producing high quality equipment that has seen continuous service since WWII. In addition to being a major supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces, OKC leverages a network of distributors, dealers, and major commercial retailers to sell its products nationwide and internationally to over 30 countries. OKC’s custom manufacturing division Jericho Tool®, advances capabilities including a broad-spectrum of injection molding, tool and die, and machining operations to provide white label and OEM manufacturing services for consumer and industrial goods. Collectively OKC’s product lines and manufacturing services reach the house wares, sporting goods, tactical, security, law enforcement & first responders, education, science & medical, and industrial & agricultural industries.

For more information about Ontario Knife Company and its industry-leading line of advanced knives, machetes, edged products and specialty tools, contact Ontario Knife Company at P.O. Box 145-26 Empire Street · Franklinville, NY 14737 · Telephone (716) 676-5527 · Or visit The Ontario Knife Company is a subsidiary of publicly traded Servotronics Inc. (NYSE – SVT).



Big Game Hunting Adventures

John McAdams of Big Game Hunting Adventures (903) 702-1111; offers guided hunts for everything from Cape buffalo, leopard and other Big Five species in southern Africa to trophy species in North America. Our sister site California Sportsman Magazine spoke with him about his operation:

California Sportsman How did Big Game Hunting Adventures get started?
John McAdams Prior to getting into this line of work, I served on active duty in the Army. During a deployment to Afghanistan several years ago, I started a hunting blog (The Big Game Hunting Blog) where I talked about some of my hunting experiences as a way to pass the time and keep from going crazy. The blog quickly grew and eventually I started getting requests from outfitters for me to help them market their hunts. So, I decided to start a business where I sold hunting trips full time and Big Game Hunting Adventures was born.

CS What’s the land you hunt on in Africa like?
JM We’ve got exclusive hunting rights on some prime hunting areas in Mozambique and South Africa. Our Mozambique hunting area consists of over 160,000 acres of unfenced land located in some of the best big game hunting country in all of southern Africa. It’s located in the “Crooks Corner” region of Mozambique, where the borders of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa all come together. Kruger Park in South Africa is just to the south and Gonarezhou Park and the legendary Sengwe Safari Area are just a short distance across the Zimbabwe border to the north and west, respectively. This is some really remote, wild, and unforgiving country. If you’re looking for a serious African adventure, where you’ll stalk herds of buffalo through the thick mopane bushveld during the day and hear lions roaring and hyenas cackling at night, then this is the perfect place for you. The area is known for great buffalo and leopard hunting in particular. We’ve got a large resident herd of buffalo that live there all year long and many more come and go throughout the year. The leopard in the area have historically received very light hunting pressure, so they get very large as well.

CS Talk about your Big Five hunts.
TM The term “Big Five” refers to the five most difficult and most dangerous animals to hunt on foot in Africa: the buffalo, leopard, lion, elephant, and rhinoceros. Sometimes people also refer to the Big Seven, which includes the crocodile and hippopotamus. Right now, we offer some hunting for all of these species except for rhinoceros on our hunting area in Mozambique. That being said, buffalo and leopard (with the occasional crocodile or hippo) are our main focus right now, but we’re planning on offering a few “Classic Big Four” hunts for buffalo, leopard, elephant, and lion in Mozambique in a couple of years.

CS You also book hunts in the Pacific Northwest. Where do these hunts take place?
TM I also book hunts for moose, caribou, grizzly bear, stone sheep, and mountain goat in the Cassiar Mountains of northern British Columbia and for black bear on the Quinault Indian Reservation in Washington.

CS What is the most popular hunt being booked these days?
TM Cape buffalo hunts are by far the most popular thing I book. There is something special about buffalo and they have a unique appeal among hunters because the hunts are so intense, and many hunters find that once they’ve matched wits with buffalo, it’s just not the same to hunt anything else again. Though Cape buffalo hunts aren’t cheap (our buffalo hunts go for $13,000), it’s also a hunt that many hunters can afford if they save for a couple of years. They are the most affordable species of the Big Five to hunt and a buffalo hunt is still a whole lot less expensive than outfitted hunts for many North American species like sheep or brown/grizzly bear. / (903) 702-1111

Bullpacs Hunting Packs




An interview with Sam Kolb of Bullpacs hunting packs.

By Steve Joseph

Steve Joseph How did Bull Pacs get its start?

Sam Kolb About 20 years ago, some elk hunters out of Lewiston, Idaho, packed out an elk on some rickety old aluminum pack frames and swore there had to be better equipment out there for the job. Their search left them empty-handed, and since they ran a machine shop they decided they’d make their own. After several years and countless hours, they finally fine-tuned a frame that was super strong, pretty lightweight and much more comfortable for those long packs out of the mountains loaded with elk.

Though they weren’t really interested in making that part of their machine shop production, they had the production aspect all figured out. Their mother, Janice, moved back to Lewiston and was looking for work when the business idea was born; the shop would manufacture Bull Pacs and Janice began sewing the components, assembling packs and shipping orders. In 2014, Janice decided she wanted to retire from pack production, and after months of training and passing of the baton, our family moved Bull Pacs to Vancouver, Wash., where we have continued with pack production and started working on new accessories and ideas to go with the Bull Pacs.



SJ What sets Bull Pacs apart from the other packs?

SK We’ve always had a passion for good, solid hunting gear. When I first laid eyes on the Bull Pacs, the solid design and workmanship definitely stood out. Once I tried it on, I loved the way it fit and was convinced it could comfortably handle any load I was able to shoulder. I couldn’t wait until the next season to try it out with a load of elk meat! That was 14 years ago and I have packed thousands of pounds of game on my original Bull Pac, with very few signs of wear and tear. I was actually surprised at just how tough and comfortable Bull Pacs really were, whether packing out elk quarters or just hiking the backcountry in pursuit of the next big adventure!

SJ What about accessories that are available?

SK We have started producing a number of new accessories to outfit new or old packs. Our most popular addition is the rifle mount, which mounts securely to the Bull Pac frame and provides hands-free use when hiking or packing meat, but still allows quick access to ones rifle without removing the pack. We have also developed a decoy extension that allows a person to securely strap on super-tall loads that are otherwise unwieldy to haul around.  We have started carrying RAM Mount accessories to facilitate attachment/use of flashlights, Go Pro cameras, spotting scopes and cameras or other similarly threaded electronic equipment. We have a couple different sizes of game bags for bone-in quarters or boned-out meat. We also have Bull Pac Straps for quickly cinching download on the pack frame for hauling meat and/or gear. And we are just finishing up an axe mount similar to the rifle mount to facilitate safe axe hauling. We have several other ideas we are working on, with things to come in the future.


SJ  Speaking of, where do you see Bull Pacs heading in the future?

SK We are excited to continue the company’s legacy that’s built on quality, durability and personal customer service that Bull Pacs has provided to the outdoor community for years. While we love the Bull Pac, we are also working on a number of accessories and other innovative adaptations that will make your Bull Pac useful in a number of different applications.  We hope to continue to grow as a grass roots pack company that represents solid, no-nonsense gear that gets the job done and doesn’t let you down, for the everyday hunter.

SJ You have a lifetime warranty. How important is that for your customers?

SK We do our best to produce products that will provide decades of worry-free use. What good is a warranty if it craps out on you in the bottom of the canyon? However, as we all know, anything mechanical can break. If you have something break, slip and land on a rock and bust a weld or have something you don’t think held up as it should have, we will happily take care of it and make it right! We pride ourselves on customer service that’s second to none.  We treat our customers how we’d want to be treated and don’t make excuses if an issue arises. More people like a company that stands behind their product, and we make sure our customers feel appreciated and are well taken care of! (208) 798-3299

Buck Bad Venison

Hunter-chef Hank Shaw’s latest book takes on bucks and bulls, from kill to freezer to pan to plate.

By Randy King

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It was still dark when Hank Shaw and I sat down in the Idaho sagebrush. It was opening day of general rifle mule deer season and Shaw was on a mission. He was going to write a book on cooking venison and I was trying to help get him a buck. As we sat waiting for the sun to begin illuminating the hill to the east, a bull elk sounded off. Then another. It was too late for the rut, but the elk serenaded us anyway.

It felt like such an honor to be deer hunting with Shaw. The man’s a legend among the “cook what you kill” movement. His website,, is a James Beard Award winner – think Oscars for foodies – and I had met him a few years prior when he was promoting his first book, Hunt, Gather, Cook. I’d interviewed him for a local paper and was thrilled to find another person in the wild game chef sphere. He became a go-to source for my wild game culinary questions – a valuable one too. And he had single-handedly gotten me to look at the plants – not just the animals – around me as food. My wife made fun of me for being a “weed eater” as I examined and cooked the contents of my lawn one spring. And now this well-known and well-published author was looking to me for a deer. I did not want to disappoint.
AS SHOOTING LIGHT neared, I was feeling confident. I had hunted this general area hard in archery season and had even missed a doe near the spot we were sitting a month prior. In fact, I’d sent Shaw a map with two X s proclaiming the locations where he was likely to get his buck. We were overlooking one, playing the waiting game as the deer slowly moved uphill, away from the water and into bedding areas, as the morning began.

As the light grew so did our field of view. Two bull elk crested the horizon, antlers silhouetting on the ridgeline in the distance. We waited and glassed and waited and glassed. But nothing came; it was time to move to X number two.

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We were slowly backing out of our location and making a wide swing to a different ridgeline when Shaw caught sight of the first deer of the morning. “Flat head,” he declared in new-to-me terminology for a doe.

The deer was about 200 yards off and feeding away from us. A good sign, but not a buck. We glassed the sage and juniper country for a while longer, then Shaw caught sight of another deer.

“I think it’s a little buck,” he said. I had the better optics and gave the mule deer a gander. Sure enough, a little forked horn was feeding away from us. “Perfect shooter,” I replied.

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Hank Shaw is a West Coast hunter-chef who is coming out with his third book, Buck, Buck Moose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Other Antlered Things, just in time for fall seasons. (HANK SHAW)

We were hunting a management unit that limits harvest of general season bucks to no more than 2 points on one side. This created a “trophy unit” for those lucky enough to draw the tag. It also created a “meat unit” for those who do not care about such things, so this 1½-year-old buck was a great legal option.

Shaw and I slipped in behind a large juniper in the distance and began to close in on the little buck. The lone tree created just enough of a shield to get us within 70 yards or so. He was in the lead when we caught better sight of the buck’s antlers. It was not a forky but a 2×1. Shaw turned and whispered to me, “You shoot this one; I want a forked horn at least.”

I slipped in front of Shaw and took up my shooting stick, anchoring it in a sage, and bore down on the buck. I watched as his ears flicked; I could see his chest move as he breathed in and
out. Then out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of something else. I took my eye out of the scope to see another buck looking right at us. Quickly I pulled up my binoculars to check if he was legal – a perfect little 2×2! I turned to Shaw and handed him back the shooting stick.

“A forky!” I exclaimed, a little louder than I should have. Now both deer were looking at us.

Shaw took the stick back and began to pull up on the buck when it started to stot off.

“Shoot, shoot, shoot!” I exclaimed, perhaps a little too pushily.

“I don’t shoot running targets,” Shaw said, quieting me down and making me check my ethics. I would have shot; I felt a little ashamed. Both deer crisscrossed several times and then stopped under the shaded canopy of scrub brush at about 100 yards, broadside and looking at us. Shaw pulled up his .270, fired and one of the bucks dropped. I pulled up on the other buck, which looked at us for a few seconds, but could not squeeze the trigger. I was hoping to shoot my first whitetail that year and wanted to save my tag for later in the season. Plus, my main mission was now a success: Shaw had his Idaho mule deer on the ground.

Unfortunately in the chaos, he had shot the 2×1 he’d wanted to pass on. To this day, I feel guilty about pushing him into shooting. But his buck was legal and he seemed happy to have it, so no harm, no foul. What I know about little bucks is that they are delicious – this one would be no exception.

You learn a lot about a person while dragging a buck up a hill. You learn if they are tough, if they are patient and if they have grit to get a job done. Shaw does, and that was good to learn. We trudged the little buck up to a fence line, crossed and situated it in a meadow. I left to get the ATV.

We were back at camp by 9:30 a.m. and rested the remainder of the day. With meat secured, Shaw soon left for his home in California. We have since foraged, fished and hunted together a number of times, and fast forward three years and Buck, Buck Moose is about to hit the shelves. I might be riding coattails here, but I feel like I helped. Shaw needed a buck for his book and he got one. Oh, and by the way, he got it within 100 yards of one of those Xs on the map I sent him.

Shaw’s new book includes tips and photographs on “seam butchery,” a good way to disassemble large muscle masses like thighs. (HANK SHAW)

Shaw’s new book includes tips and photographs on “seam butchery,” a good way to disassemble large muscle masses like thighs. (HANK SHAW)

Randy King Book three, Hank – what is this one about?

Hank Shaw Buck, Buck, Moose is something of a follow-up to my last book, Duck, Duck, Goose. Where the duck book covered all things waterfowl, this one, as you might imagine, covers everything you might want to know about prepping and cooking venison – in all its forms. One of the reasons we named the book as we did was to give people a sense that it wasn’t just about whitetail deer – sure, deer bucks, but also antelope bucks, and moose and elk, etc … Also, well, we did think it was a fun title.

RK There are other venison cookbooks on the market. What makes Buck, Buck, Moose different?

HS It is far more comprehensive, in all respects. The book covers everything from the moment you have the deer on the ground all the way to the freezer, and beyond. I go over food safety, detail general differences in the various meats by species and region, and I offer a style of butchering that can literally be done with a pen knife and a pocket saw – although I’d suggest a proper boning knife and a Sawzall, if you have them.

Buck, Buck, Moose also looks at venison cookery from a nose-to-tail and a global perspective. You will see recipes for venison from all over the world. Why? Because every culture in the world has at least a historic tradition of eating deer, elk, gazelles, moose, antelopes and the like. Similarly, it is important to me to open up to home cooks new ways of cooking the animals we bring home to feed our families. I’ll never ask you to eat innards because I think you ought to out of some moral obligation. But I will ask you to try my recipes for things like hearts, livers, tongues and kidneys because they taste amazing. Give them a go and you’ll see.

RK This book was funded via Kickstarter – full disclosure: I am waiting for my copy – why did you choose the self-publish route versus the traditional publisher route?

HS Primarily for editorial control. I was able to create exactly the book I wanted to, and include as many photos as I wanted to, with no restrictions. It is liberating. Another huge reason is because many (but not all) mainstream, big-city publishers flat out told me they had no idea how to sell this book to the people they normally market books to. Remember, for the most part, people aren’t buying venison, they’re hunting it. It was an eye-opening look at a little sliver of this cultural divide we’re experiencing in this country. I don’t blame the editors for passing on the book, but it may have proved to be a blessing in disguise.

RK You are about to start the book tour – mind telling me what that entails? The life of a traveling author seems so glamorous, after all.

HS Oh, God. Yeah, it’s basically like a rock-and-roll tour, only with no explosions, groupies, money or drugs. Long hours in planning every detail – a 55-event tour has innumerable moving parts to it – driving endless miles solo, being in and out of airports (who doesn’t love the TSA?), nights in hotels watching ESPN. You lose your voice at least twice every tour, and Nyquil becomes your best friend because you invariably get sick meeting so many people.

But those are the down sides to this sort of tour. The upsides are the events themselves. Book dinners, presentations, parties, cooking demonstrations and classes. They’re all fun in their own way, but what really keeps me going on all those days on the road are the people I meet. Long-time readers, people who’ve never heard of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, rich people, poor people, rural, urban, left, right, black, white: I see all kinds when I am out there. And seeing each night how so many people of such disparate backgrounds come together over a shared love of wild food cements why I put myself through this. Gratifying is putting it mildly.

RK What is your “date night” recipe in Buck, Buck, Moose?

HS Oh, there are many of them. There are more than 120 recipes in the book, and most could be done for a date. But if I had to choose one, I’d say either venison loin with Cumberland sauce or Steak Diane. They are both classic dishes many modern cooks snub, but they are classics for a reason. Both are fairly easy to make, and taste more fancy than they are. If I were back in my 20s, I’d memorize these two dishes: They’d be an ace in my pocket for a hot date.

RK Give me a “top three” pieces of advice for cooking venison.

HS 1) Never cook the loin, tenderloin or whole-muscle roasts from the hind leg more than medium, and cook the shoulders, neck and shanks longer than you think you need to. 2) Don’t grind everything. I like burger as much as the next guy, but unless you are shooting lots and lots of deer (some people do), for the love of all that’s holy, please don’t grind the luxury cuts. 3) Don’t forget the bones for stock! Bones and little bits of sinew and gristle make the best stocks and broths. The only caveat to this is if you live or hunt in a place where there is widespread chronic wasting disease, where you might not want to keep the bones.

RK What exactly defines venison? A cow is not venison, but a moose is? What is the line in the sand for determining what is classified as venison? Is a wild goat venison?

HS Venison to some means deer and only deer. But most people in the English-speaking world use “venison” to mean any deer or deer-like animal. So elk, moose, all the deer and antelope, as well as caribou, would all be venison in this sense. This is the way I use venison in the book. The French use venison to mean all wild game. While I would not call wild goat or sheep or muskox or bison venison, you could use all of these meats as a stand-in for venison for any recipe in this book.

RK Can you tell me about your two prior books?

HS I’d mentioned my last book, Duck, Duck, Goose, which is a fullcolor, hardcover, comprehensive waterfowl cookbook. My first book, Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, is something of a primer on the wild world. Experts in each of the many fishing, foraging and hunting sections of that book may not learn too much from the techniques I describe (although most will pick up at least a few new tricks). But the real value of the book is to open up extra skills to someone who loves self-sufficiency and being outdoors. Anglers might learn more about the wild edible plants they are around when they fish the banks and beaches. Hunters might pick up new tricks on foraging. Foragers might read the hunting section and decide to finally take the plunge and begin what can be a lifelong pursuit.

RK Can you tell me more about

HS Hunter Angler Gardener Cook is the core of what I do. is the URL to get there, and I gave it that name initially back in 2007 because I wanted to deal with what I call honest food: Nothing industrial, nothing overly processed and certainly nothing that came from a lab. Honest food does not have to be wild, but that is my area of expertise. So the site, over the years, has become the largest source of wild food recipes on the internet. There are almost 1,000 recipes, tips and technique posts covering everything from wild game to fishing, clamming, foraging, mushrooms – you name it. I post every week, and often twice a week, and this is the home of most of my more thoughtful essays on this wild, edible world we live in.

RK And just what is a James Beard Award?

HS Quite simply, it is the Oscars of the food world. There are few higher honors for a chef or a food writer. I was honored to be nominated, which means top three, in 2009 and 2010, and was overjoyed to have won the award in 2013.

RK I know you and Steve Rinella, “The MeatEater,” are friends, but in Steve’s new book he proclaims that most red meat is interchangeable with other red meat in recipes – especially in big game. How do you feel about that? Do you think a person can substitute antelope for mule deer in a recipe?

HS Sort of. There are differences, especially if you begin to stray into more esoteric red meats, like beaver or jackrabbit or mountain goat. These are all red, yes, but some can be strongly flavored. Sticking to venison, there are subtle differences in texture, color and flavor, but most of the flavor differences have to do with diet, age of the animal and proper field care, not species. One important and true difference is size. You cannot sub a moose shoulder for a whitetail doe shoulder in the same recipe without major adjustments. Sure, in the end they might taste similar, but things like cooking time and the amount of additional ingredients will be vastly different. But at its core, Steve’s right: You won’t see too many recipes in Buck, Buck, Moose that demand you use, say, antelope loin as opposed to whitetail or muley loin. You might see things like, “Use a young animal,” or “This one’s for a big animal, like a moose, elk or big muley buck,” but no species-specific recipes.

RK I hear you did one helluva dinner at the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers convention last year. Care to tell us what was on the menu?

HS Ha! Yeah, I busted out a technique from the 1600s called à la Ficelle, which means “on a string.” I had a bunch of antelope hind legs to cook, and I seasoned them simply with olive oil, herbs, salt and lemon, jammed a bunch of garlic cloves in the meat, and then hung them over hot coals. I twisted the twine holding them up to the point where they’d spin on their own, basting themselves and making sure they cooked evenly. They came out great.

RK Speaking of podcasts – and awkward transitions – care to elaborate?

HS Sure. I started a podcast called Hunt Gather Talk. It is a great way to have fun and talk to interesting people about all kinds of topics that touch the wild world. I’ve done solo episodes, which are something of an audible essay, a few where I answer listeners’ questions, but mostly they are conversations. It’s been a lot of work, but I am learning new skills, like audio editing, and I’ve had a great response.

RK I ran out of gas one time with you in my truck, yet you still came back to Idaho to hunt with me. You either really like to hunt Idaho or are crazy.

HS Both, probably. And my ability to give you a hard time about it until we’re both old and senile was more than worth it. Hunting Idaho is still new to me, though. I’ve hunted deer there, quail, rabbits, grouse. I am hoping to get a sage hen this season, and someday draw an elk tag, or maybe even a moose. You can be sure I’ll be back to bother you every year.

RK Can you tell me some of your favorite activities in the Pacific Northwest?

HS Geez, that’s a hard one. The PNW is a wonderland for a guy like me. Mushroom hunting, wild berries up the ying-yang, salmon, albacore, trout, sturgeon. Blue grouse hunting in the mountains, quail in the lowlands, some of the best clamming on planet Earth. You name it.

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RK What is your go-to hunt at home?

HS Ducks. Northern California is one of the best places to hunt waterfowl in North America. I probably spend more time hunting ducks and geese than anything else. It is the one kind of hunting where I feel very comfortable in the role of a guide.

RK If you weren’t on the book tour, what would you spend September doing in the woods? Foraging, fishing, hunting?

HS Yes. All of the above. Albacore offshore, mushrooms in the
woods, grouse in the mountains, doves on Labor Day, blacktail deer hunting on the Sonoma Coast. There is always something going on.

RK What book can we look forward to next?

HS To complete the hunting trilogy, my next book will be all about small game, from upland birds to small mammals. As this was what first got me into hunting, I am really looking forward to it. NS

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boattemp4Designed not only for superior sea-handling capabilities, the collars mitigate shock loads in higher seas, producing a softer / dryer ride to the user. The collars also provide collision protection from other boats or docks when loading or unloading. Our industry first design, also allows operators superior access and interaction with the water, while providing large interior space owed to the unique shaped collar design. Our unique designs are not achievable with typical air collared boats.

Complementing our RIB design is our all aluminum high speed hull that incorporates a 22 degree dead rise aft transitioning to a 48 degree deadrise at the bow, lifting strake interceptors, and a speed shoe for greater speeds with a deep V deadrise.


FAST Closed Cell Foam Buoyancy Stabilizers: The FAST collar system provides superior buoyancy, unparalleled stability and maximum collision protection in a cutting edge, heavy duty package that allows your boat to operate in the toughest conditions of its class. Manufactured with industry leading equipment and techniques, polyurethane covered foam collars provide a light weight, stable, and seaworthy ride. Used in conjunction with our collar systems our decks are water tight and self bailing which allow them to quickly evacuate any water that may enter the boat. Under the self bailing decks is additional polyethylene foam to achieve maximum flotation and to provide sound deadening for a quieter ride.

As a industry leader, FAST collar systems on our RIB’s are designed with a fully enclosed/removable air bladder inside the collar between the outer membrane and polyethylene foam. This air bladder can be built to any size, allowing for different ratios of air to foam in the collar. The air bladder can be removed and replaced in minutes once the zipper that runs full length of the collar is unzipped. This allows the removal and replacement of the air bladder without ever having to remove the collar from the boat.

boattemp2Hull Scantling Structure: The boats structure is designed with toughness in mind. Using the latest in computer aided design software and vessel computation analysis, our engineering team is leading the industry with modern vessel design. All hull and superstructure components are cut with a computer controlled (CNC) router. The structure of our boats are designed using the marine industry rules and regulations published by LLoyd’s Register and ISO.

Performance Fins: With our performance fins, located below the collar, the boat stays flat in the corners and provides unmatched performance while greatly reducing heal.

ABYC Rigging Compliance: We are dedicated to using ABYC rules and regulations during the design and manufacturing of our boats.

Shock Mitigated Drop boattemp1Down Bolster Seating: This boat comes with shock mitigated seating as a standard option. Varying grades of shock mitigation seating are available as options.


Dri-Z-Air: Interior Motorhome And Boat Dehumidifier

Dri-Z-Air dehumidifier system is designed to prevent condensation, musty odors and mildew in your boat or motorhome’s interior, without any electricity or moving parts.

It uses nontoxic salt (calcium chloride) to reduce cabin moisture quietly and with little monitoring. It’s a simple solution that is ideal for use while your boat or motorhome is in storage. Dri-Z-Air reccomends using one Dri-Z-Air unit for every 10-foot by 10-foot space. A 35-foot motorhome or boat will use three to four units during winter lay-up.

When used as directed, the units are effective enough to reduce harmful humidity without drying the air to an uncomfortable level. Refill crystals are available in large quantities to get you through the seasons. Each refill lasts approximately 30-60 days, depending upon the amount of moisture in the air. We recommend monitoring each unit every 45 days for maximum effectiveness.

Made in the USA out of recycled plastic.

They’ve Got Your Tackle Covered!

Hello, my name is Mike Mauk and I live in Brewster, Washington. My mother and I are the founders of Mauk Fishing Stuff fishing tackle covers.

Back in 2004, two very important people in my life passed away. My wife passed from uterine cancer and two weeks later my dad passed from natural causes. This left me alone with a home in California and my mom alone in Brewster with a home that needed taking care of.

So I sold out, retired from the Operating Engineers Union and
moved in with my mom and took over the chores around the house. She and I would spend almost every day of the summer salmon season fishing here in the Columbia River, except
for the crazy weekends.mauktackle1

Fishing with two poles and double treble hooks and still learning how to catch the big kings here, I had tackle everywhere in the boat. After a fishing trip, it took hours to get everything cleaned up and ready to do it again the next morning before daylight.

I realized a need for some kind of lure cover so I could keep the tackle on the pole and ready for fishing without having to rig up two poles in the early morning before daylight on the boat.

Mom was about as patient as I am, and she didn’t like waiting to get a line in the water once the boat stopped!

This tackle cover was a way to keep the lures and flashers tidy while changing gear on the poles, and a way to cut down on the entanglement after every trip!

Mom has been a big crafter all her life. We tried quite a few different ways to make covers, and came up with sewing Velcro onto vinyl and wrapping around the poles. We had all different sizes and different configurations of Velcro to fasten them.

Then my nephew, a big time bass fisherman, saw what we were doing and asked for some to fit his bass plugs. He wanted colored ones, blue to match his poles, that you could not see what lure was inside. Fishermen can be a secretive bunch. I personally like to see what’s in the cover without undoing it, hence the clear vinyl.

We realized we could maybe sell these covers, but we had to get one size and be consistent. So we started making the cover 6½ inches wide by 8½ inches long so that when folded, they would cover the Mag Warts bass fishermen use, and the Super Baits we were using to catch salmon.

mauktackle2We started selling on eBay and sold a few. Then I started a website. I didn’t sell very many, but we were selling more and more on eBay. So I started making bigger ones to fit the flashers and smaller ones to fit the smaller tackle and dodgers.
Then we started selling on Amazon, and after a while were selling
quite a few, and we got some suggestions for other sizes. We started make them and add them to the lineup, too. We never planned on making a bunch of money, it was just more of a hobby that could make a few bucks.

I knew keeping the prices down was key, so we did, but after a few years we realized that eBay and Amazon were making more than we were, so I have raised the prices some and we are still selling quite a few.

Last year at a Spokane Sports show I ran into Captain Dave with
Captain Dave’s Guide Service and he told me that he was needing sleeves to hold all the various sizes of kokanee blades and dodgers, so I came home and came up with a couple of designs and sent them to Dave. He sent me back more ideas, and now I am making sleeves to fit small dodgers all the way up to the 0 and 1 size herring dodgers, as well as the 11-inch plastic Pro-Troll and Hot Spot flashers.mauktackle3

Mom passed away from natural causes Nov. 21, 2015, just shy of her 94th birthday. Although she is greatly missed, she lived a full and — I believe — happy life. She stayed at home until the last week of life when we had to have her in the Harmony House here in Brewster where they took magnificent care of her in her last days.
So Mom and Mike’s Fishing Tackle Covers lives on. Please check our web sites and Again, we also sell on eBay and Amazon, as well as directly. You can also call or text me at (509) 449- 0605.

If you do not see a size that will fit what you are trying to cover, please ask and I will try to accommodate you.


We have your tackle covered.

Still Time To Plan a Rivers Inlet Fishing Adventure


It’s holiday time in Canada and the USA – a time when family and friends gather to rejoice that another winter is over– maybe it’s time to plan some summer fun together!

Thumbs up to Mike for his first big one. He couldn't have done it without his guides Lorna and Sean!

Thumbs up to Mike for his first big one. He couldn’t have done it without his guides Lorna and Sean!

We just celebrated the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada, and many of our conversations turned to the lodge and fishing. With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching in the US, we know many of you will be with friends and relatives, the perfect time to plan your trip with us.

It has been a mild winter here in British Columbia, which means that our docks and buildings did not sustain damage and are in great shape for another season.  There is always building and dock maintenance and various projects. However, all you need to know is that everything will be in perfect order when you arrive for your amazing fishing adventure with us.  If you have not already done so, take this opportunity to book your summer 2016 fishing trip today.

Also, if you have already booked you might want to consider a guide to enhance your experience? The guiding is filling up fast and is rarely available to book once you arrive at the lodge.

If you want a guide for any part or all of your trip call/text/email Simon today, you won’t be disappointed! 604-938-3677

Stumptown Part I of II

The Esteemed Mr. Whiskers Of Portland

By Terry Otto

Catfish are the Rodney Dangerfield  of Stumptown’s fishing scene: they never get any respect.
Salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and other species get all the  glamour, all the press, all the covers, but catfish are a worthy target themselves. They grow big, they fight hard, bite easily, and their fillets are light and tasty. And while they get little respect from some, they are getting attention from an increasing number of anglers in Portland and Vancouver who have figured out how much fun Mr. Whiskers can be.
In fact, there are so many good local spots that I couldn’t fit them all in one article. So, this issue we’ll look at Portland-area catfisheries, and next month, discover the plentiful opportunities on the north side of the Columbia River.
Get your drawl on, grab some stinkbait and let’s look at PDX waters.

Every single source for this story pointed to the Gilbert River first, and it may well be the best catfishery in the Portland area. This Sauvie Island stream flows from Sturgeon Lake to the Multnomah Channel and is home to big channel cats, a few blue cats and plenty of bullheads. But despite giving the D River a run for its money as the state’s shortest, it’s long been well known for whiskerfish, says Mark Nebeker, the manager of the state wildlife refuge on the island.
“The Gilbert River is very popular for catfish,” he says. “The fishing platform at the mouth is open all year, and they catch a lot of bullheads there, but there are more and bigger catfish further up the river.”
Nebeker says that not all the bullheads are small, and some reach very respectable sizes. Channel cats can run as big as 18 to 20 pounds, and he once checked a blue catfish in the 30-pound range.
Eric Tonsager of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club is a bona fide catfisherman who spends most of his time on Eastern Oregon rivers, but he wets a line for cats near home once in a while. He likes to fish the Multnomah Channel and the Gilbert River, an area he confirms is no secret.
“There is lots of effort there,” says Tonsager. “There are people at the fishing platform all the time when the weather is warm.”
He says bank access is very good along the Gilbert, and he points to the Big Eddy as being one of the best spots.
“It’s a sharp, 90-degree turn in the river, and lots of big catfish are taken there,” he says.
Worms and other insects are good choices for bait, but Tonsager says anglers need to “gob that worm on the hook. If you leave tips trailing off, the perch and other small fish will nibble them off.”
From time to time, he also uses cutbaits such as northern pikeminnow cut into 1-inch cubes. He leaves them at room temperature for a bit; just to get some smell going.
“But don’t let it rot!” he warns.

There is a good population of channel catfish throughout the Willamette, and they migrate out of the big river into the tributaries in the spring to spawn.
“When the temperature hits about 60 degrees, the channel catfish move up into all the rivers that dump into the Willamette,” says Tonsager. “They move into the Tualatin, the Yamhill, and Oswego Creek – all of the tributaries.”
When the heat arrives, the fish head back down to the Willamette to spend the summer in the deep holes, and they become very nocturnal. The bite is best from dusk to dawn.

You might expect a set of waters with a name that hearkens to the country’s catfishing heartland to feature whiskerfish, and you would be correct.
“All of the St. Louis ponds have catfish,” confirms Gary Galovich, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife warmwater biologist. “They are in Ponds 1 through 7.”
He reports that there is no stocking schedule, but he puts channels into the small lakes along I-5 just south of Woodburn when his budget allows. Cats to 20 pounds  are sometimes caught here.
The species are also planted in Wilsonville Lake, Woodburn Lake and Hartman Pond on a semi-regular basis.
Henry Hagg Lake is popular for bullheads, which grow well and reach sizes of 12 to 15 inches. Of course, all warmwater habitats around Portland have bullheads, but they are predominately in the 5- to 7-inch range.

One of the enduring mysteries of whiskerfish in the Northwest is the story of the 15-pound white catfish caught in the Tualatin River in 1989. Deemed the Oregon record for the species, however, it is the only verified white catfish ever taken in the entire state. How did it get there?
That’s a good question, says Galovich. His research turned up records of 300 white catfish brought up from California in 1951, and placed in a defective holding pond.  “When they drained the pond they only found 12 left,” says Galovich.
While the rest escaped into the Willamette system, Galovich says the chances of them surviving, spawning, and continuing the line, and eventually producing the record fish is unlikely.
“It could have come from somebody’s private pond,” says Galovich. “Or it could have been released in the river, but we  don’t know.”
The Tualatin fishes well for channel cats in the spring, but a boat with a shallow draft is needed. There are few good bank access spots on the river. NS

Stumptown anglers have a lot of choices for local catfish. This leviathan was caught at the St Louis Ponds. (RICK SWART, ODFW)

Stumptown anglers have a lot of choices for local catfish. This leviathan was caught at the St Louis Ponds. (RICK SWART, ODFW)