Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: Meeting challenges of hunting season

Once you get your hunting rifle sighted in, keep it locked up far away from loved ones and hunting buddies.

PAT NEAL: Eating crow about Elwha salmon

It was a regrettable lapse in my search for truth that allowed me to question the salmon’s ability to swim up the Elwha once the dams were taken out.

PAT NEAL: Americans work hard for ‘the dream’

The Labor Day campout was just another example of the shrinking middle class: no au jus with our prime rib!

PAT NEAL: What good is a fishing license?

Multitudes of happy tourists fished the Hoh this summer totally unaware they were breaking the law.

PAT NEAL: Really, how unique are Elwha steelhead?

You have to wonder if hatchery steelhead are really so bad for native ones.

PAT NEAL: In the future, these will be the good ol’ days of salmon fishing

The corrupt and incompetent mismanagement of our fisheries will lead to fishing’s demise.

PAT NEAL: Whales’ boundless salmon appetite

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, but there’s another toxic concern to keep you awake at night: Are your whales getting enough salmon?

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: I get letters — all cut up in little pieces

MOMMA ALWAYS SAID if you can't say something nice, write a newspaper column. When I first started out, all I knew about writing a newspaper… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: The wilderness can be downright buggy

IT IS DAYLIGHT in the swamp. There is a buzzing sound as the insects of the forest awakened. The first to be noticed is the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: Genetically altering fish monkeys with Nature

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. A front-page article that appeared Monday in the Peninsula Daily News revealed that the Food and Drug… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Gone fishing with ‘Twilight’ characters

MAYBE YOU THINK being a wilderness gossip columnist is easy. It might sound like a dream job, just watching the river flow -- until the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: An undammed Olympic river with limited fish

SOMEONE RECENTLY ASKED me if taking the dams out of the Elwha River would bring the salmon back. I wish. I'd give anything to have… Continue reading


A SHARP-EYED READER recently suggested a correction to my May 26 column about the Dungeness Valley Creamery. It's one of two remaining dairies in the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL WILDLIFE COLUMN: The last dairy farms

IT SEEMS THESE days, people don't know where their food comes from. That was not a problem growing up on a cattle ranch. OK, maybe… Continue reading

THE PAT NEAL COLUMN: Why we have a season for tourists

AN ECONOMIC SUMMIT was held recently to discuss ways to stimulate the economy of the North Olympic Peninsula. A May 12 Peninsula Daily News article… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Next time you’re on the water, heeere kitty, kitty, kitty

LAST WEEK I got an announcement from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, about a proposal for the next edition of the Merriam… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Ain’t that a punch in your card

APRIL CAN BE the cruelest month. It's when we are forced to turn in our income tax and turn in our punch card. The first… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Different way to see red while fly fishing

FISHING HAS ALWAYS been a metaphor for life. In fishing and in life, you must have a vision of your goal. We cast our offering… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE COLUMN: Earth Day, dammed rivers and overharvesting

I REMEMBER THE very first Earth Day back in the 1970s. Fishing must have been slow, since I was in school. They herded us into… Continue reading

PAT NEAL’S WILDLIFE: Digging up the oldest fishing law

THANK YOU FOR reading this. Sometimes I think if you didn't read this, no one would. But you do. I get mail from faraway places… Continue reading