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  • More Short Takes

    RICH TATE|Mar 21, 2024

    Another PGC Controversy. Not long ago, I was directed to google “Spotlight PA” on the Internet and look for an article by Angela Couloumbis called “Former top Pa. Lawmaker’s lobbying firm paid $41K by Game Commission in unusual arrangement.” The article reports that the game commission hired Allegheny Strategy Partners at $10,000 per month to do lobbying work for it with the state legislature. “One of the three partners in the firm is Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County who held the top leadership post in the State Senate for more than a deca...

  • Coyote Hunts

    RICH TATE, Outdoor Sports Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    Regular readers of this column know I am concerned with fishing and hunting ethics and sportsmanship. I have little interest in fishing and hunting contests that award prizes for catching fish or killing game animals. One notable exception is bass-fishing tournaments that promote the live release of the fish after they are measured. This brings us to organized coyote hunts. According to the Jan. 19 issue of “Pennsylvania Outdoor News,” more than two-dozen coyote hunts were held in Pennsylvania during the past winter. The largest of these and...

  • PGC Finances Astounding

    RICH TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Feb 29, 2024

    I am not one of the great financial wizards of our time. However, I think I understand enough about finances to know that the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is sitting on a pile of money. For years, the commission lobbied the legislature to approve a license fee increase. However, that is something the commission did not need. The following comes from the February 2024 “Pennsylvania Game News.” License fees accounted for only 9 percent of the PGC’s income during the 2022-23 fiscal year. A whopping 73 percent was obtained through Natur...

  • Some Winter Fishing

    RICH TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Feb 22, 2024

    Over the years many people have asked me if I go ice fishing. “Nope,” I reply. “Ice fishing’s past the point of being a normal sportsman’s activity.” I let it end like that. I do not tell my questioners that I sometimes go fly-fishing during the winter – which is also a little off the wall. I do not make winter fly-fishing adventures nearly as often as I did 25 years ago. In those days I regularly sandwiched fly-fishing adventures between cross-country skiing outings. But, with global warming – less snow, with the type of snow we now get clin...

  • Fooling Around

    RICH TATE|Aug 17, 2023

    When you get to be a certain age (don’t ask me when), catching a bunch of fish becomes less important than it once was -- though you do want to catch some trout when fishing. Instead, you start to observe your surroundings, and sometimes you want to do things differently, just to fool around. During the past couple years, I have sometimes deviated from my usual fishing habits, just for the heck of it. Though I have not tried the popular new method of nymph-fishing called Euro nymphing, which its proponents say allows them to vacuum a stream b...