Hunting on Lower Klamath NWR

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge,  daybreak.  Photo by Anders Tomlinson 2005

Start with a canoe, a GPS and a bird’s eye photo of your favorite hunting units,
anything with heavy vegetation should do.

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge,  daybreak.  Photo by Anders Tomlinson 2005

Look for a large open space surrounded by heavy stands of tules, a place reachable
only by the tunnel you are about to make. Be sure to mark the entrance.

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge,  daybreak.  Photo by Anders Tomlinson 2005

Pulling even an empty canoe through such cover is exhausting. Later, even with
the canoe loaded for a day’s hunt it will get easier. For now go light!

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge,  daybreak.  Photo by Anders Tomlinson 2007

Slip off the canoe. Gently part the stalks. Pull the canoe in slowly, bow first.
Let the tules drop back into place. Cover your entrance. Let a compass guide you now.

Lowe Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Anders Tomlinson,   2004

Push and pull! Fall over backwards but hold on to that bow! The stalks will give way
and hold you up, too. Rest on your canoe as needed.

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, daybreak. Photo by Anders Tomlinson 2005

Keep going! The growth may get heavier. Good! Weigh down part as a carpet;
leave a canopy to cover your track. Mark the entry/exit to your new hunting pond.

Congratulations! Now you are where I would like to be.

Words – Frank Galusha
Photos – Anders Tomlinson

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