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Turnover times...

October 10, 2019 at 10:02 am

When we hear the word turnover, especially in the fall, it usually means someone coughed up the ball. Someone is happy, and someone is not. However, to an angler, the term signifies a lake event and again, someone might be happy, and someo...

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Runic inscriptions: ancient Post-it notes

October 06, 2019 at 3:00 am

Traveling through Norway was so much more wonderful than I ever imagined it would be, and it’s difficult to articulate exactly why.It was certainly great to bond with my older daughter as we navigated big cities and Nordic countryside. The ...

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Don’t spare the spare keys

September 29, 2019 at 3:00 am

Technology has given us magnetic keys, key cards, keyless entry remotes, smart keys, and chip keys — also called transponder keys or, in more common vernacular, fobs. It used to be if you got locked out of your car you’d just run a hanger d...

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The best time of the year is finally here

September 26, 2019 at 3:00 am

Ahh, autumn. For the outdoors person, especially the hunter, this is best time of the year.If you are an archery hunter, bull elk should be at or near the peak of the annual elk rut. Usually, the largest and meanest bull elk in the neighbor...

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Farmer’s Almanac predicts weather, with humor

September 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

Every year around the middle of September, a copy of “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” arrives at the Daily Inter Lake office, addressed to me. I typically page through the longstanding publication that’s an alleged tried-and-true predictor of how...

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Too many grizzlies?

September 19, 2019 at 10:15 am

Allow me a detour if you will…For almost six years, every two weeks, I write a fishing column in this space. But I also am an avid archery hunter, having taken up the bow again recently after a hiatus of about 10 years. In fact I am an avi...

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An unofficial end to summer

September 15, 2019 at 3:00 am

Last weekend was all about synchronicity for me. Though it wasn’t what I would have preferred to do, my activities seemed to fall into perfect order with the planet’s inclination.I’d returned after Labor Day with a cold after a trip visitin...

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Oh, deer: a love/hate relationship

September 08, 2019 at 3:00 am

I knew it was a bad idea to create a new flower bed next to our house last spring, but I did it anyway.We downsized our front deck and something had to be done with the extra space. In hindsight some deer-resistant shrubs would have been th...

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Watching the rods…

September 05, 2019 at 9:55 am

Trolling is not for everybody. While it is the primary method we use to catch Lake Trout out on Flathead Lake, and big Gerrard Rainbows on Little Bitterroot, we get talk to many folks who say “trolling is boring.”I suppose trolling could be...

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A mad dash for Hatches

September 02, 2019 at 3:51 pm

The past couple of years, around mid-August, Hatch chili peppers have found their way into the produce departments at local groceries. It’s a short window for this particular variety of hot pepper that’s gained popularity with local folks w...

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