In my last column, I told you that I might be moving to the local KOA, because I was going elk hunting on our 50th anniversary.
­ After last week's weather, many anglers have put away their equipment and will be staying close to the fireplace for the next few months.
My cousin got booted from the Brock Lesnar-Cain Velasquez title fight a few weeks back for trying to break up a girl-fight in the stands moments before the main event.
It seems like a lifetime ago that I coached football and basketball at the Manteca Boys and Girls Club. In those days, we not only coached to win but we coached to respect the game and our opponent.
This morning brought the first real cold snap of the year. For many anglers, the colder temperatures bring the fish closer to the surface. For others, fishing is only going to get tougher as their species of choice will most likely be hunkering down for the winter. Fishing the wintertime can be extremely tough and for the inpatient person, unbearable. When I think about fishing during the wintertime I immediately think of slowing down and ...
­ By the time you read this column, Thanksgiving dinner will be just a memory evidenced by a bunch of leftovers in the fridge, and an extra notch let out in your belt.
Frightened or appalled by the prospect of walking up an escalator that dared to stop working, the lady stepped aside and allowed the guy with a frayed deltoid ligament on his left ankle and the other guy with a chewed up meniscus to hike up the stuck steps.
For almost five decades, I have been afflicted with Bear Fever. It's a real challenge hunting critters that are larger, stronger, and faster than you are. In my case, the bears are usually smarter than me also. I first got hooked on hunting bears in the Merced River Canyon east of Mariposa. In fishing the South Fork Merced, I noticed bear signs everywhere. The habitat was perfect for bears. There were abundant blackberry patches all ...
Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and while some will be playing football or staying warm inside, I've kind of made it a tradition of mine to get out fishing for the early part of the day.
The fish took off with only a slight rhythmic list from left to right. The barb was stuck securely in its dorsal fin, which did little to stop his down-river run.
If you are one of the thousands of out-of-state hunters who have been coming to Montana to hunt with an outfitter, those days are gone.
Even before Del Oro boarded its bus in Loomis, the majority of the Sac-Joaquin Section knew what to expect from the Golden Eagles in their SJS Division-III playoff debut. East Union knew more so than anyone, yet the Lancers still had a job to do.
Over the years I've had a variety of different tow vehicles. My first bass boat, at age 17, was towed by my 1965 Ford Mustang. I still remember digging through the salvage yard for a tow hitch that would mount to the back of that car. The car got the job done for several years until I finally sold it and bought a truck. My first truck was a small Ford Ranger with a V6. ...
Since Buffalo Wild Wings opened, I'd planned on an afternoon of college football there. As a University of Arizona graduate, I had watched the Wildcats in the softball world series and NCAA basketball tournament at the Tucson location when I returned to visit friends. Tragically, the Wildcats lost both of those games, but that couldn't possibly be the fault of Buffalo Wild Wings. Right? There was also the Wii promotion there one spring when I ...
Over the years, I've developed a habit of getting up early regardless of what day it was.
STOCKTON – Billy Sharmoug and Elijah Cooper tugged at the corners of the blue banner, jostling for possession of football's ultimate keepsake.
Native Americans living along the shores of a giant inland sea that covered parts of five modern states were hunting ducks since before recorded history began.
It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly.
The deaths of 19 football players in a single season precipitated a national crisis in 1905, an event Doris Kearns Goodwin touches on in a new biography of president Teddy Roosevelt. There were 28 reported deaths some seven decades later, when James Michener created a stir with "Sports in America."
While I miss old the fashioned Christmas where the emphasis was on the birth of Christ and the gifts symbolic of those brought by the Magi, it is obvious that the season has evolved into a gift buying frenzy that starts earlier each year. I know that I cannot change the trend all by myself, but at the very least we can concentrate on giving gifts that are selected to match the recipient.
Eric Reis and his coaching staff lined the hallway with backs slumped against the walls that lead to the locker room at Manteca High's Walker Vick Fieldhouse.
By now, most anglers have packed everything away for the winter and are waiting for the weather to warm up before they go fishing again.
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.
Last week I wrote about the slightest environmental changes and the effects these changes can have on fish.
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 ...
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.
I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle.
The Bowl Championship Series is in its death throes, and few are mourning its passing.
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.
The gray in his stubble gives him away. Still, Manteca High defensive coordinator Rick James admits …