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Captain Whidbey Inn

Captain Whidbey Inn


The Captain Whidbey was built in 1907 from logs and stone found on site by Chris Fisher and his son Edward. In the years since, it has served as a private residence, a boarding house, post office, girl's school, and a general store. It has recently been restored and is now open to the public as an inn. Read more about the history of the inn below.

Since 1907, Captain Whidbey has been a place of natural beauty, community gathering and quiet delight. A place where people — locals and visitors alike — do things together, even if those things are simply eating, drinking, and looking out across the water. Charged with the past to carry us into the future, Captain Whidbey will be a place where thin...Read More

How-To Make a European Mount

How-To Make a European Mount


If you’re fortunate enough to harvest an antlered animal for the freezer this fall, a European mount is a tasteful way to display the antlers in your home or garage. Taxidermists often charge a couple hundred bucks for the service, but it’s a great DIY project. Everyone seems to have a different way to do it, this is my process.

Things you’ll need:
One propane burner
One 5-7 gallon propane tank
One large pot (a pot for deep frying turkey is about the right size)
Pressure Washer
One small paintbrush
One container of 40 volume hydrogen peroxide
Dish washer detergent
Duct tape
Aluminum foil
Sharp knife
Latex Gloves
Eye Protection
Clothes that won’t mind being dirty.


Step 1: First, remove the hide, eyes and fl...

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How-To Build a Tarp Shelter

 
With a simple tarp and a few lengths of 550 cord, you can make a quick shelter to ride out a storm should the weather turn bad on your next trip into the woods. Alaskan sheep guide Casey Barton shows us how.

Step 1: Select your site and gather a few sticks. You will want four stout stakes 4 to 6" in length, one for each corner and one longer ridge post to prop up the opening, roughly 36" in length.


Step 2: Lay out your tarp flat on the ground to get an idea for the footprint and space you need. Move any brush in the way if needed.


Step 3: Starting with the two rear corners, tie a short length of paracord through the eyelets of the tarp. Then, take a rock and drive a stake into the ground to se...
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Mother's Day in the Mountains with Terry Myers


Terry Myers is perhaps one of the more adventurous women we've ever met, seen here trimming the spring shoots on her favorite apricot tree from the bucket of a front end loader. We went to her home, a pristine mountain ranch in the Idaho hills to hear the story of her favorite Mother's Day.

Once in a while a forest fire can leave a consolation prize behind in the form of a secretive and tasty fungus called a morel mushroom. A few years ago, nearly out my back door, conditions were ideal for a wilderness adventure in search of the mother lode of these smokey little gems. My plan was to head into central Idaho’s Salmon River backcountry following one of the biggest fire seasons in Idaho history...

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The Need for Wild Places

The Need for Wild Places


Filson’s content manager Craig Francis shares some thoughts on the value of getting into the wilderness and how Backcountry Hunters & Anglers supports the right for all Americans to do the same.

Filson HQ is, and has long been, in Seattle, Washington. We are a company rich with PNW tradition and have been supplying people for outdoor pursuits and work of all kinds for well over 100 years. The landscape of Seattle has changed drastically over the course of our company’s history and we find ourselves at the center of a booming city – one of the fastest-growing cities in the country over the last decade. While we are proud to call Seattle home, we do realize that time away from the city is cruci...Read More

In Print: Brett Watts

In Print: Brett Watts


Brett Watts is a flight mechanic with the USCG and currently stationed in Kodiak, AK. We hung out with Brett last summer when we were on the island and he took us on a scouting trip into the hills to make a plan for the opening day of deer season. We caught up with Brett recently and asked a few questions about his upbringing and time on Kodiak. 

Tell me about your life in Kodiak:
I’ve been working for the US Coast Guard for 14 years and have spent the past ten years as a flight mechanic on UH 65 helicopters. They are the smallest aircraft in our fleet and are deployed onto our Cutters (large ships) that patrol the Bering sea so that we always have a floating air station ready to respond to an...Read More

Filson Food: Cast Iron Breakfast Scramble


Should you find yourself in a chilly cabin with a wood stove and a few cast iron skillets, nothing beats a steak scramble for breakfast. Follow this recipe to make a hearty meal on your next cabin trip.

Ingredients:
1 lb. steak, sliced into strips
8 eggs, whisked
2 cups spinach
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
2 jalapenos, diced
1 tomato
1 avocado
1/2 stick butter

Steps:


1. Make your fire.
The beauty of old wood stoves is the way they retain heat in their walls. If the ceiling of the stove is large enough, it makes a fine cooking surface for cast iron skillets. That heat will take a while to build, so you'll want to have a good fire rolling for an hour or more before you ...Read More

History of the Field Watch

History of the Field Watch


Nearly every casual wrist watch has evolved from the classic military field watch. The history of these watches began with WWI pocket watches. During WWI, many countries issued their officers pocket watches, but many of them complained about the inconvenience of having to operate the watch with two hands during combat. This led to officers innovating a way to strap their pocket watches onto their wrists.

During this time, back stateside, American watch companies such as Hamilton, had developed ladies’ wrist watches using small pocket watch movements with supplementary bracelets. These watches were seen more as jewelry than functional and practical timepieces and were much too delicate for men...

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3 tips for Backcountry Preparedness with Coalcracker Bushcraft


Outdoor recreation provides an opportunity for people to learn and explore. It allows people to spend time with family and friends, view wildlife, and experience nature. These experiences however, could potentially become life-threatening. Be prepared by utilizing the following steps to prevent any mishaps.

Preplan.
Preplanning is the key to a safe and memorable outing. Before the adventure begins, gather information about the location you are traveling by calling the park office or visiting the park's website. It is important to know the guidelines and warnings within the park – providing you with more information about gear or other items that will be needed. Additionally, create a plan. Des...

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What to Pack for a Backpack Fly Fishing Trip


Backpacking is a great way to re-familiarize yourself with the often-elusive feeling of spare time. With a little extra planning, you can turn a backpacking trip into a fly-fishing trip. We asked Sage Elite Pro and backcountry fishing expert Seth Blackamore about what he packs for a minimalist backcountry fishing kit.

1) Fishing License: Carry it with you at all times and do your research on area regulations.
2) Rod/Reel combo: A standard 9’ 5 weight rod is great for alpine lakes, and alternatively a 7.5’ 3 weight is good for small streams and confined areas. Your reel should be matched to the size to your rod.
3) Flies: Pack a good assortment of barbless flies in a small fly box. It doesn’t hu...

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