Under the Open Sky: This Time Last Year

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle I had a major computer disaster this month — although it was not on the scale of Hurricane Sandy, of course, but still, the thought of losing all of my precious photographs had me, at times, sitting in my computer chair with my head between my knees, ready to feint. Fortunately, my son-in-law-to-be was able to recover my work from my failing hard drive. As I was moving photos on to my new computer I couldn’t help but do…

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Rain: Be Careful What You Ask For, You Just Might Get It

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Last week, in my report on the Chehalis River, I stated that an angler was able to keep only two of the coho out of thirty he hooked into that day and I said it because coho carried the dreaded adipose fin and were illegal to keep. I was wrong (it isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last) and Charles McElroy was misquoted. I had a phone call from a reader said he tossed back a…

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Under the Open Sky: To Kill or Not to Kill

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Whenever I tell local hunters I have elk and deer in my backyard, they inevitably ask, “Do you hunt them?” No, I don’t hunt them. I tell them (somewhat tongue in cheek) I have a rule at my house, one I instituted when my three boys became of an age to carry a gun, “You kill it, you clean it, you cook it.” And I just can’t see myself going at an elk with a knife in my hand,…

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Fishing & Hunting Report: Howl n’ Hoot With NW Trek This Weekend

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle Northwest Trek is celebrating Halloween with wild critter encounters, spooky evening tram tours, games, crafts and treats, Oct. 26 and 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $11 for adults park Members, $7 for youth and children under 2 are free. Non-members pay just $2 more per ticket, $13 for adults, $9 for children. There will be education stations where you can listen to the sounds of the nighttime forest and participate in some sweet science. Northwest Trek…

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Under the Open Sky: Feeders Full of Fall Finches

By Kimberly Mason For The Chronicle I was excited to see a flock of Pine Siskins arrive at my feeders this week, fresh from their summer homes and ready to fill my bird watching hours with their feisty charms — that is until I realized just how many of them there were. I have become a slave to the siskins, filling three feeders with multiple scoops of sunflower seeds several times each day. In addition to the siskins, the huge flock of American Goldfinches has…

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