Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

Cherishing our resources still an important lesson

The U.S. Forest Service’s encouraging people to prevent forest fires began in earnest during World War II. Fears that the national forests were susceptible to fires set by enemy agents, especially along the West Coast, led to one of the nation’s most successful advertising campaigns: Smokey Bear. In addition to tanks, airplanes, armaments and soldiers… Continue Reading

Fishing helps to mold good people

Fishing helps to mold good people

One of my favorite books, “Pavlov’s Trout,” was written by a psychologist, Paul Quinnett. The subtitle of the book is “The Incompleat Psychology of Everyday Fishing.” The book has many interesting chapters but one of the most interesting to me was entitled, “How to turn a perfectly normal child into a fisherman.” The chapter has… Continue Reading

Damage claims are the exception, not the rule

Hunters seeking access to private lands in the Sheridan area find obtaining permission can be difficult. As a means of obtaining additional income from agricultural lands, some property owners lease their lands, charge fees for hunting access or offer “ranch hunts” where they provide outfitting and guiding services. Some allow free hunting with verbal or… Continue Reading

Peace, love & unicorns

Well over a year ago one of my most perceptive students gave me a bright turquoise rectangular sticker that says “peace, love & unicorns” in funky white font next to a smiling unicorn donning a rainbow for a tail.  I stuck it to the edge of my computer screen and it has brought me numerous… Continue Reading

Itching for spring, summer outdoor activities

Itching for spring, summer outdoor activities

As we all follow our “busted” NCAA Tournament brackets “March Madness” reminds us that spring is here and summer is just around the corner. I do not need to tell anyone that our recent weather has us all itching for summer outdoor activities as we prepare for baseball, golf, tennis and persons just using the… Continue Reading

Antler hunting fun, rules and facts

Horn hunting in the Bighorn Mountains isn’t nearly as intense as it is in other parts of Wyoming, where the activity is regulated by Wyoming’s shed antler law. The law prohibits the collection of shed antlers and horns from Jan. 1 through April 30 on lands west of the Continental Divide, excluding the Great Divide… Continue Reading

Projects help fish move along stream corridors

Projects help fish move along stream corridors

Over the years, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has worked with many partners to improve the ability of fish to move along stream corridors. We refer to this simply as fish passage. Fish passage involves maintaining the ability of fish to seek spawning areas, relief from high water temperatures or low stream flows, or… Continue Reading

Outdoor apps worth the download

Outdoor apps worth the download

My newest obsession will likely keep me from submitting this article by the deadline. Geartrade.com, where have you been all my life?  This website is essentially an outdoor version of eBay, and upon posting my first listing I was hooked. Instead of spending my free time over the past couple days drafting my column, I’ve… Continue Reading

Give back by being a mentor

Give back by being a mentor

At this time, it is always good to look back on the past year and reflect on all the positive people, programs and accomplishments that have happened in your community. It is also a great time to plan ahead with goals and visions to see what you want to accomplish in your life for yourself,… Continue Reading

Getting hooked on ice fishing

Getting hooked on ice fishing

If you’re an avid angler in Wyoming and hate to see winter arrive because you know it will be several months before you can get back on the open water, don’t despair; there are many angling opportunities available for you to go ice fishing.    Not an ice fisherman? Don’t know how to get started?… Continue Reading

From cowboy to ski town

From cowboy to ski town

JACKSON (AP) — For much of its history Jackson Hole has always had skiing, and many schoolchildren learned how to execute their turns on the slopes of Snow King that led right into town. But it wasn’t until the Jackson Hole Ski Corporation debuted a new ski area in the Tetons in 1965 that the… Continue Reading

What is your sign?

What is your sign?

Knowing your editorial is going to be published in the newspaper on Christmas Eve adds a certain amount of pressure, this needs to be extra special with frosting, glitter and sparkles! Or perhaps because it is Christmas Eve no one will even bother looking at The Press tomorrow? Almost every year my best friend makes… Continue Reading

Recalling a favorite joking fisherman

Recalling a favorite joking fisherman

While recently looking through a box of old fishing pictures with my wife, we kept coming across photos of one of our favorite old-time clients, Dr. Tom Rice. Tom was a retired physician from the Mayo Clinic in Wisconsin. He brought his wife out to our lodge on the Big Horn every year for 14… Continue Reading

Gordon’s fishing report — Nov. 19, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries The Big Horn flows remain at 2500 CFS, but there’s rumors it may come up a bit next week. Water temps are down to the mid 50s! Most of the moss has cleared out, and the fishing is very good!  Use streamers, crustaceans (scuds and sow bugs) and small PT nymphs. Fish are… Continue Reading

Make time to put away summer

Make time to put away summer

This morning, while we were driving to Gillette, a colleague asked me, “Do you have your skis out? The snow’s a comin’.” The winter recreation season is upon us!  Jackson Hole is reporting 22 inches of snow already this season, Grand Targhee 19 inches and a white face is moving ever steadily down from high… Continue Reading

Gordon Rose fishing outlook

Tailwater Fisheries The Big Horn flows remain at 2500 CFS. Water is cooling very slowly, causing moss to die and float downriver; extremely cumbersome below the 9-mile mark.  Very few bugs hatching.  Streamer fishing is very good every day, especially in large pool tail-outs.  Nymphing is decent with sow bugs and #18 Hare’s Ear or… Continue Reading

Fall and winter

Wow, what happened to summer? As I get older, it seems the seasons and time fly by. We have been very fortunate this fall with the great weather. Hunters from all over the area have had great success, and streams are still open if you did not get your fill of fishing this summer. As… Continue Reading

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