Northwest residents, the Harrod Family, and pro staffers, hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.
The Northwest Outdoorsmen wouldn't be possible without the many family members and friends that appear in each episode and occasionally help with camera duties. But did you know that show is produced, filmed, edited, and distributed to television networks almost entirely by Richy himself. Now let's look at some the incredible and sometimes funny things that happen behind the scenes.
The hunt for large Kokanee has been an obsession for the Macks Lure guys and Rich Harrod for the past many years. The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia have rewarded these fishermen with some amazing Kokanee fishing. But just outside the Northwest, the Flaming Gorge holds some of the most consistently large fish in the lower 48. A bucket list lake no more, as the Macks Lure gang have finally arrived to chase big Kokanee.
The Harrods have hunted as a family for many generations. Family bonds are strengthened during time spent afield, especially when Mother Nature challenges even the heartiest of souls. Hunting ducks and geese in eastern Oregon in cold winter months has become an annual tradition for the Harrods. Geese arrive in the valley in late fall on their way to warmer climes, but their stop is often short. Its time to find those Christmas holiday geese and continue family traditions.
The Northwest Outdoorsmen have ice fished for Kokanee in British Columbia, but opportunities for Kokanee in the Northwest are limited. If you are willing to travel, ice fishing for these silver beauties can be found. Bob and Robin Shindelar found Kokanee in western Montana and invited Rich Harrod to join them. The scenery is beautiful, the fish are biting, and the company is great.
Hunting with a muzzleloader provides a challenge to hunters only eclipsed by bow hunting. This style of hunting makes us appreciate the difficulty the early Europeans faced as they settled the wild lands in North America. Justin Herold and Trenton Neil up the challenge hunting for whitetail bucks in the wide open spaces of northeastern Oregon. Whitetail deer are naturally wary, but in the wide open fields they seem nearly impossible to get close. With old man winter knocking on the door, the guys grab their primitive rifles and head to the grassy hills.
Anglers in the Northwest are becoming more and more passionate about walleye fishing. The Columbia River system from the British Columbia to the mouth of the Columbia has a sizeable population of walleye. These tasty, toothy fish are addictive and many fishermen spend hours and days trying to master catching these fish. Brett Boyd and Rich Harrod have fished stretches of the lower Columbia River for years, and share their favorite places with Bob Loomis.
Tip: Lures and Bait for Kokanee
Washington has a subspecies of moose called Shiras, which is smaller in size as compared to its Alaska and Yukon cousins. The population numbers around 5000 animals with the majority being found in northeast Washington. Hunting Shiras moose is managed by a draw so its a rare opportunity to hunt these great beasts. Ben Smithson was fortunate to draw a cow moose tag and as a young hunter, was thrilled to hunt these beautiful animals.
Harrod Outdoors and Macks Lure began working together 10 years ago on a very special fishing trip to Wallowa Lake in eastern Oregon. The guys caught trophy sized Kokanee and solidified a relationship that has stood the test of time. They have fished for large Kokanee all over the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, but nothing compares to that first trip to Wallowa Lake. Now, we return to Wallowa Lake to remember the past and build new memories.
The Harrods and their friends have enjoyed some amazing waterfowl hunting over the past many years. But of course, not every outing can help fill the freezer. Mild weather and poor timing can make even the best waterfowl hunter a bit lonely in the blind. The Northwest Outdoorsmen seemed to hunt only bluebirds this past year. The hunting might not be hot but good friends and good food keeps the spirits high.
The Harrods joined Ben Saurman several years ago for a memorable crappie fishing trip on the Snake River. Rich and Ben have fished together and enjoyed each others company numerous times since then, but the Snake River has continued to beckon. Matt and Josh are new colleagues of Ben who were anxious to experience an adventure where the Harrod Outdoors and Work Sharp relationship all began. As usual, the Snake River did not disappoint.
Western Oregon may not be the first place that comes to mind as a destination pheasant hunt, but the Willamete Valley has some excellent opportunities. Troy Rodakowski and Rich Harrod had been looking for an opportunity to bird hunt together for years. A friends property near Sweet Home, OR, was the perfect place for an upland bird hunt. And, it was a good time to introduce Brett Boyd to his first pheasant hunt. Theres nothing like upland hunting to bring good friends together.
The popularity of ice fishing has been growing by leaps and bounds in the Pacific Northwest. Hard water provides opportunities for family and friends to fish within close proximity making a day of fishing a social event. The Northwest Outdoorsmen look forward to drilling holes and hooking fish each winter. The guys from Macks Lure, Bobby and Robin Shindelar, and Rich Harrod travel to Curlew Lake to hunt trout and perch through the ice. Its winter fun with this group of friends.