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Cutting edge gifts

December 09, 2019 at 7:03 pm

Knives are an essential tool for any person wanting to spend time in the outdoors. Knives can save lives, too.One of the most important and valuable tools in a survival situation is a knife. The knife will help with building a shelter. A sh...

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Gifting a rifle

December 05, 2019 at 5:00 am

Picking the appropriate rifle for a first-time hunter is even more complicated than gifting a shotgun. A rifle will be used to hunt big game, such as deer and elk.Certainly, there are some select individuals who can master the art of big ga...

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Firearms as a Christmas gift

December 04, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Giving a firearm as a gift can be a tricky procedure. Usually this type of gift is from one family member to another, such as parents to daughter or son, uncle to nephew or grandpa to granddaughter.My first firearm was an over and under, wi...

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Christmas gift ideas Part 1

December 02, 2019 at 8:07 pm

This column is approaching 30 years of service to Columbia Basin readers. Every year at least one reader, but most often several, asks about what to give the outdoor-minded person who has everything.The questions are centered around these t...

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Animals around the Basin: Final thoughts on deer

November 27, 2019 at 7:20 pm

Columbia Basin deer can be a pest. There are people who canít raise roses, because deer show up and eat the flowers. These animals enjoy other flowers and vegetables, as well.The small town had a deer problem a few years ago. The deer seeme...

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Animals around the Basin: Deer

November 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

There are a bunch of deer in the Columbia Basin these days. This wasnít always so. During my growing up years in Moses Lake few deer were spotted.A doe was spotted at the intersection of Highway 17 and Broadway Extended the winter of my sen...

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Animals around the Basin: Final thoughts about cougars

November 21, 2019 at 8:11 pm

A few more thoughts about cougars are necessary. These animals could be anywhere at any time. Now, donít let me put the fear of life into you and your family, but, as we discussed yesterday, be cougar aware.A cougar has never been in my vie...

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Animals around the Basin: Be cougar aware

November 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

Situation: A family of four is on a hike to the Chief Moses campsite south of Highway 17 along Rocky Ford Creek. This is on the Ephrata side of the creek where Chief Moses would throw a rope around a large rock in order to tie his horse nea...

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Animals around the Basin: Cougars continued

November 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

How big is a cougar? Here is how Washington Fish and Wildlife describes the animal: ďCougars are the largest members of the cat family in Washington. Adult males average approximately 140 pounds but in rare cases may weigh 180 pounds and me...

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Animals around the Basin: Cougars

November 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Are there really cougars in the Columbia Basin? Yes, there are cougars in the Basin. The cougar is also known as a mountain lion, panther, ghost cat, shadow cat, painter, American lion and catamount. The territory of this cat ranges from th...

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