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Clean as a whistle; happiness is a clean gun

April 10, 2014

Your great-grandfather certainly knew how to clean a gun. There was no choice in the time of blackpowder but to scrub a gun with hot soapy water after firing it (and that’s another gun-cleaning story), or be ready to deal with severe corrosion. Then came smokeless, non-corrosive powders, and just as important, non-corrosive primers (early Read More

Understanding casting — part 2

January 9, 2014

In my last column we talked about the basics of an effective fly cast and the four main areas used to identify most casting errors: set up (tight line with rod tip low in front); power (up hard into the back-cast); location (stop high at 11 o’clock); and then timing (pause to let the line Read More

Brass tactics

January 2, 2014

The seasons of a hunter’s year are not limited to the open ones. Even during the hunting seasons there are variations: The season before the licenses are filled and the season after, and the season when you wonder if you filled your license too soon, or the one when you wonder if you are ever Read More

Teddy’s bear

December 19, 2013

I received the photo of a black bear cub in my email the other day. The photographer was the talented Keith Benoist, who takes photos of all things in and around Mississippi, especially wildlife. The photo was taken in the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, the cub one of the rare Louisiana black Read More

Late fall fishing on the ‘Horn

November 14, 2013

As promised in last week’s column, I took a streamer-fishing trip to the Big Horn River this week. My wife had Veterans Day off from work, so we decided the river might be less crowded on Monday versus the weekend. How right we turned out to be, you’ll see in a moment. As I indicated Read More

‘Butte-ify the Big Horns’ supports Antelope Butte Ski and Recreation Area

November 8, 2013

SHERIDAN — Start stretching, Sheridan. Seeing how low you can go in the limbo competition at the upcoming “Butte-ify the Big Horns” event will kick fundraising efforts into high gear for the Antelope Butte Foundation, a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to re-opening the Antelope Butte Ski and Recreation Area located 60 miles west of Sheridan Read More

Stories from the fishing guide ‘diary’

October 17, 2013

It’s time for some more silly stories from my “guide diary.” Since my diary is in my mind, I did some reminiscing with my wife to come up with a few items you might enjoy. My wife, June, was my business partner during my outfitting days on the Big Horn River. She also worked extensively Read More

Locals make big ‘Splash’ at International Fly Fishing Fair

October 3, 2013

Last week I had the privilege to spend six days in the town of West Yellowstone attending the annual Fishing Fair hosted by the International Federation of Fly Fishermen. The Federation “is a 46–year–old international non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through Conservation, Restoration and Education.” Every year they Read More

Local fishing pros to help ‘Joey’s Kids’ Tourney

September 5, 2013

Mark your calendars to be at the Black Tooth Brewing Company on the evening of Sept. 20. That’s when Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event to kick off the first annual Joey’s Fall Fly Fishing Tournament (to be held the next day, Sept. 21). This Sheridan area nonprofit foundation, created by Read More

WGFD hosting buckshot clinic Aug. 17

August 8, 2013

SHERIDAN — The 2012 Wyoming Legislature gave the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission the authority to develop regulations governing firearm cartridges and archery equipment used for the taking of big or trophy game animals and game birds. The Commission passed regulations that became effective earlier this year. One of the changes is that shotguns using Read More

Local kids score big in ‘Bowling for Trout’

A month ago I described my “Trout Bowling” rig for using a spin fishing set- up to catch trout with flies on large rivers. Last week I took a local family to the Big Horn to put my rig to the test. Joining me was the Willey family: Stephanie, her 12-year-old son Ethan and daughter Read More

In search of the ‘Cutt-Slam’

July 25, 2013

About a month ago a friend contacted me about helping him to complete Wyoming’s annual “Cutt-Slam” competition. The Cutt-Slam is kind of a quest arranged by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department whereby fishermen seek to catch all four of Wyoming’s cutthroat trout subspecies in the same year. These subspecies are the Yellowstone, Snake River, Read More

Feds advance plan to kill barred owls in Northwest

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials plan to dispatch armed bird specialists into forests of the Pacific Northwest starting this fall to shoot one species of owl to protect another that is threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday released a final environmental review of an experiment to see Read More

Scrapbooks give peek inside Hemingway’s early life

BOSTON (AP) — Long before Ernest Hemingway first wrote a story, his mother was busy writing about him. Grace Hall Hemingway started a series of scrapbooks documenting the childhood of the future Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner by describing how the sun shone and robins sang on the day in July 1899 when he was Read More

Trail classifications to change on Bighorns

July 18, 2013

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest will change classification on approximately one-third of its trails, according to a media release. Recreation specialists update the Bighorn National Forest Trails Strategy, first published in 2005, every year. Changes to the classification system are based on reviews of trail condition, safety, type of use, and whether the trail Read More

Ol’ Ephraim —the grizzly bear’s grip on the imagination

Charismatic megafauna. That’s what they call the large mammals that hold sway over our imaginations. And none holds more than Ol’ Ephraim, Ursus arctos horribilis, the grizzly bear. I have managed to take one grizzly in my life, though technically it was a coastal brown bear, which is a grizzly that has bulked up on Read More

USFS, G&F to sponsor free kids fishing day

July 11, 2013

SHERIDAN — Young anglers will have a chance to try their luck at fishing and learn about the environment during the Bighorn National Forest and Wyoming Game and Fish Department sponsored free kids fishing day Saturday. Volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming Game and Fish will be on hand to provide assistance and Read More

‘Bowling for Trout’ secrets

Last weekend I went fishing on the Big Horn River with another veteran from the VA Medical Center through my Healing Waters Program. The military vet had been distanced from his 9-year-old son for a period while the vet was attending a program at the Medical Center. We thought this fishing trip would be a Read More

Hunter applications increase in 2013

June 27, 2013

CHEYENNE — The discontinuation of printed application booklets and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s transition to a paperless application process didn’t negatively affect the number of hunters applying for Wyoming big game licenses in 2013. For resident elk and resident and nonresident deer and antelope licenses, applications were up several thousand from the previous Read More

Hunting the prong-buck

Something I have in common with Theodore Roosevelt is that he, like I, could be a perfectly miserable shot on antelope. Once upon a time, I, like he, could admit, “I had thus bagged one prong-buck, as the net outcome of the expenditure of 14 cartridges. This was certainly not good shooting … ,” which Read More

Hunters can get a buckshot education Saturday

June 20, 2013

SHERIDAN — Population growth is causing some problems around Story and Big Horn — especially with a certain crowd that is drawn to the area’s rich, agricultural lands. No, not the farmers. White-tailed deer have found a feast in area hay and alfalfa fields. They eat the valuable commodities that are fed to livestock or Read More

Trails Day work day Sunday

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest will celebrate National Trails Day on Sunday with a work day at the Cutler Nordic Trails off U.S. Highway 14 west of Dayton, according to a press release. Anyone interested in improving the trails for summer bicycling and winter recreation is invited to join volunteers from Bomber Mountain Cycling Read More

Seeking out warm-water fish species

Our recent bouts of heavy thunderstorms, alternated with periods of hot temperatures, have left all the area trout streams high and muddy with spring runoff. But as one national TV personality likes to say, “Let not your heart be troubled!” Now is a great time to seek out various warm-water species in our area lakes Read More

G&F looking for 1000th Cutt-Slam

June 13, 2013

CHEYENNE — At some point this summer, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will receive an application from the 1000th person to qualify for the Wyoming Cutt-Slam. In recognition of that milestone, renowned fly fishing equipment manufacturer Orvis Co. has donated a complete fly rod, reel and line combo to the person who achieves that Read More

Survey will explore dove hunter opinions

CHEYENNE — The National Dove Hunter Survey, a cooperative effort by state fish and wildlife agencies, all four flyway councils and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will ask dove hunters from across the U.S. to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting. Topics will include learning about hunter characteristics, time spent hunting, their Read More

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