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The Jackson Hole Daily began in December 1978. As its first editor a joyous Sunday task was entering our postage stamp-sized office and wading through heaps of yellow United Press International news copy. Heavy weekend overnight story feeds had poured from the 24-hour-a-day wire service prin…

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Nothing makes me cringe like encountering swatches of fresh wildlife blood and hair in the middle of highways. My lament soars higher when I note hand-wringing grandstanding from bossy types and groups desperately designed to discredit and outlaw legitimate hunting, fishing and trapping.

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Despite being a provocateur of exceptional mini-van cruise-control gas mileage, this end of I-70 is always a “last pick” in west-to-east winter travel from Jackson to Florida. However, in early December a departure from I-80 east was dictated at Rock Springs as we saw reports of swirling 50 …

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Sitting down with greatness doesn’t demand exceptional surroundings. That’s fortunate because decent natural light is lacking in this frigid downstairs man-fortress. However, reading, gear rigging, gun cleaning, reel spooling, occasional fly-tying and weekly column-writing are pleasantly con…

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Great Christmas gifting is similar to scrutinizing a sumptuous buffet. Experienced eaters examine all table contents and then utilize restraint to fill a plate. Designing this gift column requires 12 months. Readers can be assured that all items are thoroughly vetted before inclusion. Feedba…

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Air travel is torture for a 74-year-old, XXL-size scribe beset with a history of busted eardrums and four metal-detector-irritating hip and knee replacements. Yet recent dozen-hour American Airlines flights from Jackson to Brazil and back provided a sweet opportunity to bask in a disappearin…

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The year’s gentlest, most luxurious lighting illuminates surroundings dripping in gold. Further enriched by mellow afternoon temperatures arriving around the time of the World Series, these days are northwest Wyoming’s most enjoyable legacy.

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Even in early September at 4 a.m., launching boats is brisk along the Snake River in southern Idaho. This chill plummets exponentially for 130 participants aboard 65 speedy fishing outfits several hours later at “safe light to operate” as they splash away from River’s Edge Park in Burley.

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A thoughtful associate recently asked two sobering questions designed to unearth my real priorities. This exercise became so dramatic this week that I put aside a nearly completed column to outline my answers.

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Recognizing the wagon ruts deeply etched across Sublette County jolts me into marveling at the sheer pioneer toughness of those who once bet their lives and dreams on navigating the Lander Cutoff along the Oregon Trail.

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Ever since I can remember, noticing the repeated situation of solitary females seated in a lonely vehicle parked along a fine waterway left me sad. Usually the woman was reading, knitting or otherwise occupied while a husband or companion enjoyed nearby outdoor recreation, often fishing.

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A smile and tear coincided when learning of the latest change in our Snake River community. Last year it was whitewater/scenic veterans Frank, Patty and Heather Ewing parting with their Snake River Canyon company. This year Charlie Sands is selling his long-established whitewater outfit to t…

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Being a once-inveterate subscriber to the esteemed Big 3 outdoor magazines demanded immediate reading of the marquee humorists in Field&Stream, Outdoor Life and Sports Afield.

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James Tull, curator of the wondrous Trout and Salmonoid Collection at Montana State’s Bozeman library, opened my eyes to a technique he employs to observe the state of modern recreational fisheries. His library subscribes to regulations from all cold water fisheries agencies in order to trac…

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A day rarely passes that I’m not reminded of my nominal sense of direction. Occasionally I’ll recognize where I am while continually struggling to process directions for where I’m headed. Bruun travel demands written instructions, precise road maps and, above all, better-than-average on-boar…

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Way back in 2010 the Idaho Fish and Game Department, with assistance from Trout Unlimited, triggered fiery arguments with introduction of a then-revolutionary “Cash For Marked South Fork Rainbows” plan. The concept was to use sportfishing pressure to protect the river’s native cutthroat trou…

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Plenty of swimming creatures are well designed to bite up their prey — and humans, too, if we get in their way. The most prominent are in saltwater environments and include the great barracuda, sharks and chopper bluefish. Freshwater species such as piranha, Goliath tigerfish and even muskel…

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Despite appropriate stretching and exercising since a final total knee replacement in June, both lower extremities remained intermittently painful and swollen. Despite various cures, including wearing clinical TED hose, abandoning certain edema-inducing anti-inflammatories and consistent dai…

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“Shaw Grigsby is far more than the mumbling, stereotypical cast-and-yank TV fishermen,” Frank Catino explained to a Backcountry Fly Fishing Association assemblage in Melbourne, Florida’s MeMaw’s Bar-B-Q. “He’s an experienced fly-fisherman, bow hunter, 20-year ‘One More Cast’ television serie…

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Transportation Security Administration torture, Lilliputian seats, crammed flights and nonexistent food opportunities continue to elevate the pleasures of cross-country motoring. Eating discoveries mined from annual winter and spring trips convinced some column readers seeking new food spots…

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Squeezing content from this keyboard becomes even harder as glowing distractions of fall penetrate my windows. Thrilling reds, oranges and walls of gold soothe some anguish from recent national events.

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A friend phoned Monday, relating the rainbow and brown trout excitement on his newest wet fly patterns in the Barns Pools on the Madison River. A spate of recent snowy, rainy days guaranteed a booming kickoff to the Madison’s celebrated fall trout migrations and supersonic fly-fishing.

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It is painful to point out that wearing life vests would have prevented most, if not all, of this summer’s deaths from Snake River boating tragedies. And I’ll assure readers that as our region’s population bulges with an influx of distracted, lightly experienced recreational river enthusiast…

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“Darn! When it comes to treating your wife to a nice anniversary, can’t you at least pick Sun Valley, Lagoon, Chico Hot Springs, Park City or some place neater than southern Idaho?”

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Funerals, memorials and reading the stream of Jackson Hole News&Guide obituaries fold me into helplessness. Vivid remembrances of past pals wash over me with the force of hurricane storm surges.

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I can still see the green Boilermaker popper ka-chug-ging its way past a mangrove patch when a dazzling explosion halted the oversized fly’s progress. Jeff Currier barely had time to swing his 11-weight Sage before a speedy reddish-bronze fish drilled into the nearby mangrove root prison.

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The number of boat and recreational trailer roadside emergencies we passed during a recent cross-country drive was astonishing. Observing so many disasters before the busy summer travel season gets rolling indicates that neglecting trailer maintenance before hitting the road nearly guarantee…