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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


Finding your way around the Delta

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who is not familiar with where they are going.

October 10, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips on the best fall trout food

While some folks think that fishing for trout is best in the spring, I am of the opinion that the best time to go fishing is whenever you can. Just like bears preparing for hibernation, fish often go on a fall feeding binge to fatten up so they can survive the coming winter. Thus fall can be a great time to catch monster trout.

October 07, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Patience pays off on Delta

With the stripers beginning to make their way through the Delta, I am once again reminded of my first time ever fishing for them.

October 03, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Poindexter’s book covers 6 decades of ‘99’ history

Bill Poindexter's roots run deep at Stockton's 99 Speedway.

October 03, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Art of teaching beginners to shoot

Over lunch the other day, some friends amd I were discussing the best way to teach a beginner to shoot. We found ourselves in unanimous agreement that the best firearm to learn to shoot with is the 22 caliber single shot rifle with traditional iron sights. There are a host of 22 s out there ranging from the simple single shot model to tube fed 22s, lever action saddle guns, slide action gallery guns and the ubiquitous Ruger rotary action 10-22. All can be fine guns and all have their strong points. For my money however, nothing is better than ...

September 29, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fall magic on the Delta

This time of the year is magical on the Delta.

September 27, 2013 | | Sports Columns


One more catch for the road

We weren't in much of a hurry Saturday, so we stood at the tailgate of Nate's truck and retold the highlights of seven years worth of fly fishing trips. Whenever we've been together lately it's been like this. Our memories are told with increased vigor and embellishment as my move nears.

September 25, 2013 | Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Keeping up with the latest and greatest

I continue to be amazed at how far technology has advanced and its impact on fishing.

September 20, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Heading into the wild blue yonder

Outside of fishing trips, I get column ideas from everywhere.

September 18, 2013 | Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Hunting’s opening day in Sierra set for Sept. 28

Not long ago I heard a story about a school teacher in Montana who asked students on a quiz to name the four seasons. The most common answer she got was Trout Season, Deer Season, Elk Season, and Duck Season. That's sort of the way my mind works too. Opening Day of both deer season and bear season for the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Saturday, Sept. 28. Deer season runs six weeks until Nov. 3, while bear season lasts until Dec. 29.

September 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Fishing, football fanatic hunting for new hobby

Fishing and football have been two of my deepest passions since I was a youngster.

September 12, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Notebook: Sanders shines for Sierra

We knew Sierra's Bryson Sanders would be one of quarterback Jake Pruitt's favorite targets.

September 11, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


No idealistic life change here

Last week I discussed Into the Wild with my buddy Nate's junior Advanced Placement class during my prep period.

September 11, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Keeping pace with change of seasons

With the summer-like conditions we've been having lately, the inexperienced angler tends to believe that the fishing conditions are the same as the summer. After all, the days are just as hot and the waterways are as busy as any other summer day.

September 06, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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The drought & the trout

Last week, I wrote about conservation efforts to benefit Rocky Mountain Elk and a host of other animals. I didn't want to neglect the fishes however, hence today's column.

March 02, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Anglers should be excited by spring rain

Don't let this current storm fool you. If anything, it's going to improve the fishing.

February 27, 2014 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bass fishing ‘Super Bowl’ kicks off

Today kicks off The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic held at Lake Guntersville in Birmingham, Ala.

February 20, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Put your money where your heart is

About 15 years ago my friend Joe Mangelos gave me a free ticket to attend a fund raising banquet for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. When I got to the dinner, I was feeling kind of guilty, so I bought some raffle tickets. Darned if I didn't win a brand new 30-06 rifle! I was hooked even though I've never been elk hunting, every year since I make it a point to attend the Elk Foundation Banquet.

February 16, 2014 | | Sports Columns


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