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Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Although we often think of Thanksgiving as an American holiday, it is actually celebrated in many nations. We Christians believe that we have a benevolent God to whom we should give thanks and every other religion is free to give thanks to whatever god they choose to believe in. In addition Thanksgiving emphasizes the extent to which we are still dependent upon nature for our very survival, and secondly, the extent to which Thanksgiving has been a family oriented holiday.

November 17, 2013 | | Sports Columns

Fish can sense change in bait, lures

Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.

November 14, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Thinking of veterans & the outdoors

I recall as a youngster celebrating Armistice Day and that somewhere along the way it changed into Veterans Day. Since Armistice Day was intended to comemorate the end of World War I, I think it's much more fitting that we honor all of our country's vets instead. Interestingly our nations returning vets have had a huge effect on our outdoor heritage as well. Returning vets often went hunting and put food on the table for their families with the firearms they used in the war.

November 11, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Ripon Christian earns respect even in defeat

RIPON - Le Grand players and coaches took turns slapping Andrew Brown's shoulder pads and shaking his hand down the midfield stripe at Stouffer Field on Friday night.

November 09, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Adjusting to change can help

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.

November 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns

Fitting end in cards for BCS

The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.

November 07, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns

The handiest gun revisited

In my book, guns are neither good nor evil; they are simply inanimate tools that do what their owners use them to do. Over a lifetime outdoors I have come across numerous situations in which a gun has been extremely handy. I have killed coiled rattlers that were about to strike, and chased away bears that were raiding our icebox. A gun can indeed save a life.

November 03, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Manteca’s ‘old dogs’ relying on youth

The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …

November 02, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns

Stockton track honors Patterson

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Saturday with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin county fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

November 01, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

Anglers are adjusting to fall turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

November 01, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

It’s mating time for tarantulas

This is the beginning of tarantula mating season. If you take a drive some fall evening into the hills separating California's Great Central Valley from the coastal regions, you can spot the male tarantulas crawling across the roads in search of females. If you live in Central California, take a drive up into the hills to the west of the Valley. Almost any of the main roads will do: Patterson Pass Road, Corral Hollow Road, or any similar roads that head west from the valley. Drive slowly along the roads at dusk and keep a sharp eye out for ...

October 27, 2013 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Weather can be fascinating

The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked, "Are there always this many bugs around?"

October 24, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Duck hunting season is open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 18, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns

Sharing gun safety tips

Recently I observed in this column that I thought the ideal gun to instruct a beginning shooter was the single shot 22. Although no one disagreed with my assessment, several of my readers chastised me for not talking more about gun safety.

October 14, 2013 | | Sports Columns

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Finally! A Cubs team that ain’t afraid of no ghosts

CHICAGO (AP) - Grown men didn't weep.

October 23, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Ripon’s Gagnon collects 10 goals on senior night

RIPON - Nick Gagnon is going out with a bang.

October 21, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Will Vegas and Raiders be a match?

HOUSTON (AP) - As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn ...

October 21, 2016 | barry Wilner | Sports Columns

Enjoying the ride in recent bass tourney

I was recently both humbled and honored to be invited to participate in a local tournament with someone I introduced to the sport of bass ...

October 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Sierra overpowers WR with singles sweeps

STOCKTON - Kaitlyn Rausa and Claire Banks led a dominant effort in singles play, as Sierra rolled to a 7-2 Valley Oak League win at Weston ...

October 18, 2016 | | Sports Columns


The Manteca Junior Timberwolves junior varsity clinched the top seed in the upcoming Delta Youth Football playoffs with a 43-0 shellacking of visiting Empire at ...

October 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage

CHICAGO (AP) - Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage.

October 17, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

The basics of fire building

When I was about 10 years old our Dad would take my brother Chris and I along with him when he went trout fishing. One ...

October 16, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Shorthanded Sierra tennis fall in Oakdale

Bulletin staff reports

October 14, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Keep eyes peeled for duck blinds

When I think about fishing in October, I think about great weather, great fishing and the opening of duck hunting season.

October 14, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

NFL owners won’t resist Vegas deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are going out of their way this week to give a casino owner worth $32 billion a stadium funded on ...

October 13, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Crum, varsity Cowboys lasso Lodi Colts

LODI - Dennis Crum was in on three touchdowns for the varsity Manteca Cowboys in a 50-0 thumping of the host Lodi Colts on Saturday in ...

October 11, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Speed secures 2nd GRC crown

Manteca native Scott Speed earned his second consecutive Global Rallycross Championship title when he drove his Andretti Motorsports No. 41 Beetle GRC to a second-place ...

October 11, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns

100-mph pitches give Cub’s Chapman little time to reflect

CHICAGO - Like too many ballplayers with interesting and sometimes controversial pasts, Aroldis Chapman would prefer that his game do the talking. If so, it's ...

October 09, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

Patenting ideas for fishing products

Have you ever had an idea that you thought could possibly be a great invention but was not sure whether has already been thought of?

October 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

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