Like a lot of subjects, my views regarding being handicapped and participating in outdoor activities have evolved over the years. Probably the single biggest factor in my awakening to the opportunities in the outdoors for those with handicaps was when I met Arvel Gipson. Old Arv had fallen off a high transmission line and broken his back, which left him using crutches for the rest of his life. The odd thing was, Arvel refused to let his handicap stop his enjoyment of the outdoors.
I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.
I don't remember my first-ever fishing trip, but I do recall the early days of fly-fishing in which hitting the water while standing in it was difficult for me.
I'd like to share with you a gift idea for someone that you hold very dear. It's best suited for kids, but it also it suitable for spouses, best friends, or anyone you really care for. I began to fish when I was quite young. In fact I was so young that I don't remember when I caught my first fish, nor when I got my first fishing rod. But I do remember Big Mack.
Today, I picked up my new Remington shotgun.
On Christmas of my 12th year, I received a brand-new, shiny Winchester .22 rifle from my parents.
It was just a few months ago - also known as forever in NFL time - that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh stood in front of the media and proclaimed his love for Alex Smith.
I'm not sure the exact reason, but this is the time of year when I see the most arrests being made for poaching on the water.
It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.
My brother has always strictly adhered to a linear approach to life. Things will happen in a specific, organized, planned way. Naturally, he has failed miserably.
When I first got the opportunity to write an outdoor column on a regular basis, I had two immediate thoughts: first, how lucky I was to be able to get paid to write about fishing and have it become tax deductible; and secondly how easy it would be to simply go out each week and then put something down on paper.
I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing. The unexpected happened to me a few years ago while out on the delta. Fishing out of a relative's fairly new boat we were surprised to hear the dreaded "click, click" sound when attempting to start his boat at the end of the day. His batteries had died and we were officially stranded! This being a new boat as well as a new boat operator, his only useful device on board was his cell phone. As ...
I've been inundated with reasons to be happy of late. Some are simple, some carry more emotional weight.
Roger Goodell's timing seemed odd, with his Harvard School of Public Health speech on player safety coming after a week in which three starting NFL quarterbacks were knocked out of games with concussions.
The final game was no different than the first.
It's the last week of school and Memorial Day weekend is also coming up, so expect the waterways to be crowded if you're ...
The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even ...
Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach someone how to swim is to push them right into the ...
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."- Henry David Thoreau
There's an old saying that "one man's junk is another man's treasure."
The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...
Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.
Last week, I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend.
Life is full of regrets.
Several years ago when I made the decision to fish for multiple species, I didn't realize it was going to be so difficult.
It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.
Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.
April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.
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