Posted by: Tom Keer
November 20, 2014

Tom Keer

Conservation Programs for Which we Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as I’ve looked at the world around me I realize that I have a tremendous amount for which to be thankful.  One topic that seems to be very full is fisheries and habitat conservation. Let me share with you 3 projects east of the Mississippi that make our days on the water a whole lot more enjoyable.  Happy Trout and Steelhead Huron Pines, a non-profit conservation organization focusing…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 12, 2014

Tom Keer

Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program

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The Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) is one of the industries best kept secrets. And it shouldn’t be, for every time boaters and anglers purchase gear, buy a fishing license or fuel up their boats they are supporting the program. The program was created by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) half a century ago with a simple mission: to conserve and manage fish and game quantities. Along the way they created…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 11, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Hare Today

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Not only is fall a great time to go fishing, but many people also get decked out in camouflage this time of year to go hunting. Some outdoor adventurers, like contributor Tom Keer, may even work in both activities during a brisk fall day. If you don’t hunt, but think you might finally get to learn to tie your own flies this winter, you might want to shoot the breeze with your hunting neighbor. It…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 6, 2014

Tom Keer

License Sales: Where Does the Revenue Go?

Nice Brown

Sometimes, I flinch when I buy things. Insurance, that necessary evil, is one that I pay for every month but never seem to use.  Gasoline for my truck; seems like every time I turn around I need to pump some more.  I wonder about some of the expenses, but I never second guess buying my fishing license. Funding for fish stockings in streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes come from license sales.  To a large extent…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 30, 2014

Tom Keer

Fall Boat Shows

Portland Boat Show...a boater's dream

I’m not a tire kicker but I sure act like one.  The truth is I hate to rush big decisions.  I like to take my time, consider all of the pros and cons, do a lot of research, and work out all of the fine details.  When I finally get off the dime I’m in good shape; by that I mean my hand doesn’t shake when I sign on the dotted line. Buying a new…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 22, 2014

Tom Keer

Affordable Fishing Vacations

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Two weeks ago the frame on my Toyota 4-Runner broke when one tire bounced through a pot hole.  I wasn’t angry for the truck was a 2000 model and I had put nearly 250,000 miles on the odometer.  The truck took me through rivers to get to bird hunting coverts, down the beach in search of pods of blitzing bass or blues, and many points in between.  In looking at new/used vehicle prices I am…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 20, 2014

Tom Keer

A Boat for Every Budget

A pair of skiffs

There is no shortage of boats that cost as much–if not more–than an average American home. Some of these are bucket list vessels that  few of us will ultimately own.  But there are boats for every budget. And some provide solutions to those of us looking for a first boat or one that frees up our budgets to buy more tackle.  Here are a few points to consider when shopping for a boat, as well…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 9, 2014

Tom Keer

Get ahead of next year’s boating curve

It's easy to work on a trailer when there isn't a boat sitting on it.

What does ‘a stitch in time saves nine’ and ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ have in common? They’re words of wisdom that are best followed when putting up your boat for the winter. I keep my boat on a trailer, so I first head to the harbor and tie her to a dock finger.  I’ll head home where I perform a full inspection of my trailer.  I’ll first check out…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 29, 2014

Tom Keer

Kayak Fishing: An Easy Way to Reach the Fish

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Initially, I wasn’t a kayak fan. I thought using a kayak for fishing would require an additional skill set.  I thought it’d be a tippy platform that I would easily swamp, and that overall it’d be a pain in the neck.  During those days I would have no part of them, but then a buddy showed me his hard-chine, open cockpit kayak.  I got in and paddled and fished.  After that first experience I never…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 24, 2014

Tom Keer

Fish Tacos

Hope Lutheran picnic

Whenever I see an idea that provides a solution to one of my problems I kick myself for not figuring it out on my own. After filleting fish like cod, striped bass, or other white, flaky fish I usually have a bunch of small pieces left over.  They’re tough to work with, and that is precisely where Fish Tacos come into play.  Think about it: who really wants to eat fish chowder in the summer…

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