Ramblings



Short Day On The River
Ramblings
by John Higley, JULY 15, 2017

Sacramento River - Red Bluff

It’s 7 o’clock on Monday morning.  The dirt boat ramp on the Sacramento River below the Jelly’s Ferry Bridge in Tehama County is bustling with activity.  Well, okay, there’s one roomy, jet-equipped Alumaweld boat there, and four passengers. They are fishing guide and boat owner Robert Weese, Cal Kellogg editor of the Fish Sniffer magazine, Bill Adelman a columnist for the Sniffer and...
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Kilarc One More Time
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by John Higley, MAY 22, 2017

Kilarc Reservoir

Last Friday my pal Russ Herrick and I were at it again. Due to inclement weather, and my spring turkey hunting travels, neither of us has had time to fish this spring, and we finally decided to do something about it. At 8 a.m., after eating breakfast at home Russ showed up at my house, and we wasted no time tossing...
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Turkey Hunting in Old Mexico
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by John Higley, MAY 7, 2017



Last winter I couldn’t imagine where I would end up hunting wild turkeys this spring, other than here in northern California.  Then, in February, my vision was expanded by an offer to hunt in Florida for Osceola turkeys, a wild turkey subspecies that I never hunted for in the past.  I did that, and told you about the experience a...
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Long Distance Turkey
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by John Higley, APRIL 2, 2017



You went where to do what?  That’s a question I get often after traveling for turkey hunting to a distant location.  “Heck,” some would say, “we’ve got turkeys all over northern California.”  Yes, we do, but we don’t have all of the subspecies that exist nationwide and one of them, the Osceola, resides only in Florida.  So, when the opportunity came...
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Maintenance, Memories And Plans
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by John Higley, FEBRUARY 26, 2017



Although I like to think that I’m up for just about any outdoor challenge, the truth is I’m getting pickier with the passing of time. For example, I’ve dealt with ice and snow in a variety of venues, including sleeping on the ground in heater-less tents with the zippers frozen shut. These days I’d rather not be that cold, even...
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Show Time!
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by John Higley, JANUARY 1, 2017



Okay guys, it’s that time again. January is here, and the annual sports show season is almost upon us.  First up is the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) show at Cal-Expo in Sacramento.  It starts on January 19 and wraps up on the 22nd. I will be there on Thursday and Friday, doing seminars on turkey hunting as I have for the last 29 years.  As usual,...
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