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Man Caves…Binky and Duff Style

Man-Caves…Binky and Duff Style ©2011 by Pat Wray   “You call this a man-cave?” Duff asked with a smirk. Duff’s aggressive tone unsettled Binky, who was not prepared for a grilling from his older brother.  He was just showing Duff the new home he and Annie had recently purchased.  It didn’t help that Binky’s synaptic […]

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Hiking far from Home

  Hiking, Biking and Climbing in Places Far From Home by Pat Wray   I tend to write most often about hunting, fishing and related issues, but I actually spend the majority of my outdoor recreation time hiking or biking.  Several times a week I hike in McDonald Forest, in the Cascades or somewhere along […]

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Hiking the Pueblos

I’m heading out in a couple of weeks to hike the high desert trail across the Pueblo Mountains in SE Oregon.  I’ll stay at the Fields Motel before and after the hike, which I expect to take three days.  Haven’t decided which direction to go…probably will depend on the easiest way to get a return […]

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Going clamming on Memorial Day Weekend

I’m heading out to Waldport today to spend a few days with friends while we chase clams in Newport Bay.  Looks like four great tides.  Hoping to get a bunch of gapers and maybe some razors as well.  Not too many chukars in the area but you take what you can get. Pat  

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How to see wildlife

How to See Wild Animals ©2012 by Pat Wray Bill Barker’s nice October 4 column about stalking wild game made me think about the first step in the process—that of seeing animals to begin with. Most people don’t realize that the activity we refer to as ‘seeing’ an animal is actually a two-stage process. Looking […]

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Giving up on a Favorite Hunting Spot

Finding a New Place to Hunt ©2012 by Pat Wray   At the end of this elk season I finally made a decision I probably should have made two years ago.  I decided to stop hunting the area where I’ve pitched my elk camp for the past eight years and find someplace new.  This was […]

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Hunting Chukars with Horses

        Hunting Chukars with Horses ©2012 by Pat Wray   “It will be exciting, Dad.  A real adventure!” I was overwhelmed by a sense of déjà vu when I heard those words from my son, Corky.  As a younger man, I often used a similar message to talk friends into doing things […]

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Well, it’s been a while.  I headed over to the John Day on my last hunt, back in mid-December.  Two friends and I stayed in Fossil, then hunted east of Fossil, near Service Creek and near Twickenham.  I actually only participated on the last day; I came down with the flu on the first day […]

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You Get What You Pay…and Pay…and Pay for

        You Get What You Pay, and Pay, and Pay For ©2012 by Pat Wray   “You get what you pay for, so buy the best you can afford.” It’s great advice but I can remember many times when the best I could afford simply wasn’t very good.  Unfortunately, my marginal financial […]

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Comfortable in My Own Skin…and Other Useless Phrases

        Comfortable in My Own Skin…and Other Useless Phrases ©2012 by Pat Wray   There are times when I feel just slightly out of phase in the modern world.  I’d like to blame it on the rapid technological advances that have taken place in the last decade or two, but the truth […]

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