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Predator Calling 101

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.

December 03, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Best thing you can do for your boat: Use it

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.

November 30, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Youth football could lose the numbers game

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."

November 26, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Outdoor gift ideas

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.

November 24, 2013 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Buffs moving on from heartache of years past

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.

November 23, 2013 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Thinking twice as weather cools

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.

November 22, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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


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Cheaper, 12-month fishing licenses could help get kids outside

For many of our local children, today is last day of school.

May 26, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NBA short on drama, but long on conspiracy theories

Did you know NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so worried about the league's TV ratings that he rang up LeBron James and told him ...

May 23, 2017 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Bischofberger, Guibor post late model wins

STOCKTON - A controversial late race ruling by track officials propelled Tracy's Jeff Bischofberger to an upset victory in Saturday's opening round of the ...

May 22, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Watch out for boaters under the influence

The weather finally seems like it's going to be more like the month of May that I'm used to.

May 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fish not biting? Make sure bait is in the water

It's funny how us fathers end up repeating the same words of advice that our fathers imparted to us as children.

May 12, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Coryn heads home for Tour of California

American cyclist Coryn Rivera long ago established her credentials on home soil, winning so many national championships in so many disciplines that she sometimes lost ...

May 11, 2017 | DAVE SKRETTA | Sports Columns


Fish ripe for the taking on local waters

From now until the end of May, our local fishing is at its best, if you ask me.

May 04, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Aaron Judge transforms batting practice in Bronx

Aaron Judge has transformed batting practice in the Bronx.

May 02, 2017 | RONALD BLUM | Sports Columns


Isabel’s Vintage Café in Ripon offers discounts to CCW holders

About a year and a half ago I wrote a column about a growing trend among restaurant owners around the country to offer a discount ...

April 30, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night ...

April 24, 2017 | | Sports Columns


EU, Manteca, RC athletes receive CSEA scholarships

Several local student athletes were announced Friday as recipients of the A. Dale Lacky / California School Employees Association scholarship award winners.

April 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns


Savor some unpredictability to begin NBA playoffs

Say this about the NBA playoffs: It's usually quite predictable.

April 22, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Boating license required

For years, many of the boaters that I know of have been asking for there to be a boater's license required. It looks like ...

April 20, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Window to catch big bass closing

When I think about the month of April, I'm reminded about the first time I ever caught a bass weighing over 10 pounds.

April 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL still doesn’t get Vegas, even with Raiders

LAS VEGAS - Sometimes the bumbling bozos in charge of the NFL just can't help themselves.

April 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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