Ralph Shaw

A fly and two sedge pupae.

How-to tip: match the hatch

Jargon is one of the worst barriers to communication, as seen in…

A fly and two sedge pupae.
One of Bert's favourite chairs now sits empty.

Nature lost a true friend with the passing of Bert Everston

This column is about Bert Everston and his down-to-earth approach to nature…

One of Bert's favourite chairs now sits empty.
Two tasty one-meal trout.

Comox Valley is a fisher’s paradise

Trio of seniors enjoy winter chinook, prawns, clams and oysters

Two tasty one-meal trout.
Recreationally caught herring fresh from local waters.

Herring play important part in healthy ecosystem

I am fascinated by huge migrations fish and other creatures. In this…

Recreationally caught herring fresh from local waters.
Tom Thumb deer hair flies tied by Ralph Shaw.

Fly tying a great hobby for all ages

It's a simple way to make your own fishing tackle - in this case various fly patterns

Tom Thumb deer hair flies tied by Ralph Shaw.
There's good trout fishing at Maple Lake right now.

Great time to go lake fishing for trout

Email MLA Don McRae to support continuation of LEH program for resident hunters

There's good trout fishing at Maple Lake right now.
A prime set of elk antlers from a bull that was taken in an LEH hunt on Vancouver Island during the 2014 season.

Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy review

'Perverse' policy is enlightening but not encouraging for citizens of B.C.

A prime set of elk antlers from a bull that was taken in an LEH hunt on Vancouver Island during the 2014 season.
A catch of prime prawns is a special seafood treat.

A great day on the saltwater

Trip down Baynes Sound is always a beautiful, scenic excursion

A catch of prime prawns is a special seafood treat.
ORES president Bernard Lecerf lifts his glass to salute the Oyster River.

A toast to the Oyster River

Oyster River Enhancement Society raises a glass to the river on New Year's Day

ORES president Bernard Lecerf lifts his glass to salute the Oyster River.
A welcome to 2015 from Comox Lake.

Generation changes in fishing and hunting

Rapid changes in climates and uses of renewable energy will be profound in 2015

A welcome to 2015 from Comox Lake.
There was some excellent fishing in local waters in 2014.

2014 was a very good year for local anglers

A look back at the year as it happened in Ralph Shaw's Outdoors column

There was some excellent fishing in local waters in 2014.
Father Christmas with Nutcracker dolls.

T’is the season for caring and sharing

Our outdoor bounty provides special gifts for special people in our lives

Father Christmas with Nutcracker dolls.
Hunting is one of the many outdoor pursuits that keeps Smitty busy.

Hunting exemplifies the season of sharing

Smitty and I have spent several evenings over the closing days of…

Hunting is one of the many outdoor pursuits that keeps Smitty busy.
Fresh winter trout are a true taste treat.

Anglers enjoy still-water fishing in winter

Vancouver Island residents don't have to bore holes in the ice

Fresh winter trout are a true taste treat.
Fishing was good on the Puntledge River this fall.

A strange, but abundant, fall season in Area 14 waters

This Area 14 salmon escapement report is based primarily on information in…

Fishing was good on the Puntledge River this fall.
Two pieces of gear which contribute to a successful deer hunt are antlers for tattling and a waterproof quilted pad to sit on.

Rattling antlers, quilted pad help in deer hunting

Each fall thousands of islanders take up the annual rituals of hunting.…

Two pieces of gear which contribute to a successful deer hunt are antlers for tattling and a waterproof quilted pad to sit on.
The top photo of the Comox Glacier was taken Sept. 26

Climate change and the Comox Glacier

Two photos taken one year apart illustrate shrinking of ice and snow

The top photo of the Comox Glacier was taken Sept. 26
The Comox Valley Record and its advertising partners have created a fundraising calendar for the CDFGPA which will award prizes every day.

Fish and game club has fundraising calendar

About two weeks ago I received a call from Comox Valley Record…

The Comox Valley Record and its advertising partners have created a fundraising calendar for the CDFGPA which will award prizes every day.
Smitty (left) and Michael carefully glassing a deer that was in the slash about 200 yards away.

Shaw clan carries on family tradition of hunting

We are well into the middle of our annual hunting season and…

Smitty (left) and Michael carefully glassing a deer that was in the slash about 200 yards away.
A chum is seen in the front and a chinook in the back at the Puntledge River Hatchery.

Families enjoy gun show, hatchery open house

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A chum is seen in the front and a chinook in the back at the Puntledge River Hatchery.