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December 15, 2008

As part of my own personal "war on Christmas" (which a Utah state senator has offered legislation to outlaw), the WORD celebrates the season by going on hiatus until January. May all out days be merry and bright, and here’s to a safe, healthy and saner New Year. HoHoHo!

Empty Minds: "Of all the people expressing their mental vacuity, none has a better excuse for an empty head than the newspaperman: If he pauses to restock his brain, he invites onrushing deadlines to trample him flat. Broadcasting the contents of empty minds is what most of us do most of the time, and nobody more relentlessly than I."

--Russell Baker, Pulitzer-winning columnist

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Sportsman's Paradise offers fishing and hunting plus luxury

By Cody Littlewood

November 11, 2008 | PARADISE -- Nestled in the hills of southern Cache Valley lies one of the best hunting experiences in the west, Sportsman's Paradise. This company offers guided fly fishing, upland game hunting, and big game hunting opportunities with lodging, airport shuttle, and meals included.

Often a person on holiday will stay with the lodge for a big-game hunting experience only to find themselves fishing in their afternoons. "The nice thing is you can come here and do everything. They [the customers] don't have to leave for everything," said Sean Kohlmeyer, who has worked for the company for six years and is now a manager.

Where the big game hunts are purchased individually and are seven day guided events, a customer, corporation, or a family can purchase a club membership for upland game so they are able to hunt for the duration of the lodge's season. Fly fishing is open year round while upland game and big game have shorter seasons. The hunts offered are private and exclusive guaranteeing personal time with guests.

"We are extremely busy," Kohlmeyer said. The company has no trouble finding business and has hosted celebrities like Jack Nicklaus, Karl Malone, and Johnny Miller. The majority of their business comes from Salt Lake City, Ogden area, and out of state hunters. They do retain some local business as well though.

Sportsman lodges have become increasingly popular with every year. They offer an opportunity for recreational hunters to have a successful and enjoyable hunt without the extensive hours of tracking and preparation required as game begins to deplete. The Sportsman's Paradise raises its own fish and upland game. They have created a natural environment for the game to be raised in so the hunt is good sport and the birds react as wild birds would. Even more hunters that enjoyed a traditional hunt have started to see value in these lodges.

"I enjoy hunting and the sport, but the older I get the hard it gets to scout enough. It usually requires hours of scouting weeks in order to have a successful hunt," said Grant Arthur Barney, an Illinois native who plans on visiting this lodge or one in Payson this year.

This lodge and lodges around the country, provide lodging. This is an added benefit. As age wears on a person the idea of sleeping in a tent on the ground is enough to hurt the joints just from the thought. In addition to lodging hot meals are provided and satisfy hunger much better than canned peaches. For the corporate, busy, or weathered hunter lodges like this provide all of the luxuries while enabling the sport of the hunt to still continue. While costly lodges provide an entire weeks holiday, and the cost is well worth the hunt for a certain sector of people.

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