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Exploring options for bear hunting in Canada

Over the years, I have always been interested in going to Canada on a black bear hunt, so in February when the outdoor show came to Great Falls, Mont., I decided it was time to find out if I was going to stay on the bank and cut bait or grab a rod and join the big dogs.

March 10, 2011 | By WAYNE DANIELS | Sports Columns


Wildflower extravaganza

One of the best items an outdoor enthusiast can carry is one or more of the guidebooks on flowers, trees, rocks birds, or mammals that inhabit your area. I often carry one of the handy field guides in my fishing vest, or backpack. Perhaps the most dog-eared of my field guides in the one on California wildflowers.

March 07, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Van Dam’s victory a well-earned feat

Kevin Van Dam won his fourth career Bassmaster Classic, which was held on the Louisiana Delta.

March 03, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Spinning a yarn, casting it into neighbor’s tree

Most of the time, you don't really wonder how you got to a certain place in time. If you do contemplate "What just happened?" it's usually confined to a small increment of life.

March 02, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


VanDam’s title airing on Saturday

Congratulations to Kevin VanDam for winning his fourth Bassmaster Classic this past weekend held on the Louisiana Delta.

February 25, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Border-ing on the edge of sadness

Like seagulls descending on the carcass of a spawned out king salmon washed ashore, I joined my fellow scavengers at Borders bookstore in Modesto for my chance to peck deals.

February 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Cures for cabin fever

Some folks think that there is no such thing as Cabin Fever. They are dead wrong. If Alferd Packer was still around, they could ask him about it. Good old Alferd (that's really how he spelled his name) was the noted cannibal who ate several of his companions after being trapped with them while snowbound in Colorado in 1874. Along about this time of year I start getting fidgety and look longingly out the window every few minutes. Although I'm an incorrigible outdoors enthusiast, even I don't really enjoy standing in the pouring rain unless its hunting ...

February 21, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Varying colors of baits might be helpful

Everyone has their favorite colored baits.

February 18, 2011 | JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Unsung senior deserving of title he helped bring to Ranch

When Melvin Allen welcomed some of the Weston Ranch basketball team's reserve players onto the court for the final 1:09 of their 87-67 win over East Union Wednesday, Allen was still in coaching mode.

February 17, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Writing the wrong: A burger story

An hour into my fishing contemplation I heard my phone buzz with a message.

February 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Spring a crappie time of year

As is common this time of year, we have been getting a taste of the coming spring.

February 14, 2011 | | Sports Columns


Spawning fish tricky to catch in springtime

What a difference a week can make.

February 11, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Food, folks, philosophy and fishing

No one can take the simple act of fly-rod contemplation and digress into philosophical mumbo jumbo like my buddy Klinger.

February 09, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Outdoor emergency preparedness

I believe the outdoors is remarkably safe, yet no matter what you do, there are risks involved. It doesn't matter if you are commuting to work, or driving a forklift on the job, teaching in a classroom, there are risks involved & you could get hurt. You & I are probably much more likely to get in an auto accident, or slip & fall at work than we are likely to get injured while out fishing, hunting, or hiking. The difference is that outdoor pursuits are often solitary in nature and you are often in a remote location far from medical help ...

February 07, 2011 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Better days ahead after tough years for anglers

I've been exchanging emails with a cousin of mine from Oklahoma.

February 04, 2011 | | Sports Columns


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Bischofberger wins 151-lap feature at Stockton 99 Speedway

The 4th of July is still two months ago, but there were plenty of fireworks in Saturday night's season opening race at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

May 03, 2015 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Getting acquainted with new bass boat

It's been a year now since I sold my bass boat, and I can honestly say that there have been times when I wished I never would have parted with it.

May 01, 2015 | Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


MFC Benfica Red take 3rd

Goalie Tatiana Orozco turned in an MVP performance, lifting the Benfica Red 05 girls soccer team to a thrilling third-place finish at the MFC Spring Invitational.

May 01, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Benfica White places in 1st tournament

The Benfica White 05 girls soccer team of the Manteca Futbol Club made a splashy debut over the weekend.

April 30, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Bonds deserve to be in Cooperstown

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens deserve their plaques in Cooperstown.

April 26, 2015 | By Paul Newberry Associated Press | Sports Columns


Best time of the year

From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.

April 24, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bloods Creek good fishing option in this drought year

As California enters its fourth year of drought, our streams and our ability to fish them is going to be seriously impacted. There will be almost no spring snowmelt and its accompanying high water.

April 19, 2015 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Dixon dominates at Long Beach Grand Prix

After failing to finish in the top 10 in the opening two races of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar schedule, New Zealand's Scott Dixon reversed his early season woes by capturing Sunday's 41st running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

April 19, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Harper nails 1st home run at refurbished Morenzone

Tyres Harper hit the first home run out of the newly refurbished Morenzone Field on Wednesday to lead the Pirates to a 17-7 win over the Nationals in Northgate Little League junior division action.

April 19, 2015 | Bulletin staff reports | Sports Columns


Arizona loss opens door for Challenge field

Brett Lewis has a white-knuckle grip on the lead in the first-ever Coaches Bracket Challenge.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Warriors’ Curry is hands down NBA’s Most Valuable Player

Stephen Curry closes games in the third quarter, not the fourth.

March 31, 2015 | By TIM KAWAKAMI San Jose Mercury News Sports columnist | Sports Columns


Young coach rides NCAA’s old horses

One of the area's youngest coaches has an old soul when it comes to college hoops.

March 24, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


World of Outlaws returns to Stockton Dirt Track

The local racing season is set to begin this weekend when the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday and Sunday with a full weekend of racing action.

March 18, 2015 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Dire day for floundering 49ers

Monday was momentous at 49ers headquarters. And not in a good way.

March 10, 2015 | By MARK PURDY San Jose Mercury News sports columnist | Sports Columns


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