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 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    June 13, 2019 

The Sportsman's Corner

June 17 is the first day to buy hunting licenses for the 2019-00 hunting seasons. It will be interesting to see how many additional hunters drop out of hunting because of the PGC's short-sighted...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    June 6, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

I am sometimes asked how to dry the gristle attached to the beard of a gobbler that a hunter probably wants to save as a memento of a successful hunt. At one time I dipped the gristle of the beard...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    May 30, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

One cloudy May afternoon 30 years ago, I had arrived home early from work and had zoomed out to the creek, hoping for a "Sulphur Day." A Sulphur Day is one when yellow-colored mayflies hatch during...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    May 23, 2019

Sportsman's Corner

Wednesday, May 1, was the fourth day of this year’s gobbler season. I had accompanied my son, Bob, on the windy opening morning and had helped turn around a 21-pound gobbler with a 10-inch beard that he shot. On Tuesday morning, I had been bested... Full story

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    May 16, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

Spring gobbler hunters are reluctant to give up spots where they hunt. After all, it's tough enough to tag a tom without having large numbers of other hunters trying to call to a gobbler you are...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    May 9, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

Like this year's spring weather, last spring's was generally not proper for effective fly-fishing for trout. However, when weather and water conditions were appropriate, I hit the water with mixed...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    May 2, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

By May 12 last spring, the score with spring turkeys was gobblers – 12, me – 0. That Saturday I had my son, Bob, with me. We set up on a knob where I’d been hearing a gobbler. I hoped that Bob could turn the tables on him. However, the woods...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    April 25, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

For several years on the opening day of gobbler season, my son, Bob, killed toms in the same woodlot. During my early scouting excursions last spring, it appeared that Bob might be able to repeat his...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    April 11, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

Trout season opens in the Cove this Saturday (April 13). Many thousands of anglers will hit the water in the Cove and elsewhere, and they will employ many different strategies as they try to catch a few trout. Take Jake and Max, for instance. Last...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    April 4, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

This Saturday (April 6) is the local one-day mentored youth trout fishing day. I am not generally a fan of mentored youth days because unscrupulous adults have been known to take advantage of these...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 28, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

I have kept a journal of my fishing and hunting adventures since I was 17 years old. Some evenings I review these notes, hoping they'll provide some good hints about where I should fish or hunt...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 21, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

By the end of the first week of March, I had a terrible case of the "shack nasties." The miserable weather had marooned me for weeks. Any little thing set me off into a paroxysm of screaming. I was...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 14, 2019

The Sportsman Corner

I have not always been a "dinosaur." At one time, I actually kept up with modern trends, except perhaps for items of clothing, which I used until they wore out or until Donna slyly discarded them. I...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 7, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner – PGC Ignores Stakeholders

As it has consistently done for at least 20 years, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) continues to ignore the wishes of its stakeholders, Pennsylvania's hunters. In our area, the recent sneaky...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: A Word of Caution

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the research Dr. Frank Bastian of Louisiana State University (LSU) is doing regarding Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). In the column I included an address where you can...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: Thoughts from Fly-Tying Room

One late night during the recent "polar vortex," I was ensconced in my fly tying room, supposedly reading. Actually, I was probably spending more time daydreaming (although it was nighttime). I was...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: Hunters: Don't Celebrate Yet

A little more than a week ago, the big news for Cove-area sportsmen was that a scheduled cull of deer was staved off with the help of newly elected State Rep. Jim Gregory. Area sportsmen had applied...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: Unified Sportsmen All In

Not long ago, I wrote that the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP), the only statewide sportsmen's organization that has battled against the Pennsylvania Game Commission's fatally flawed deer mism...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: A Major Problem

I like to attend high-school athletic events. During the winter, I manage to get out to a few basketball games. Occasionally at these games, I run into someone who has something to say about "The...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: Outdoor Shows Season Upon Us

Here in the middle of winter we are once again entering the season for outdoor sports shows. Though there are numerous shows throughout the state beginning in January, there are three shows that are probably most convenient for sportsmen in and...

 

Sportsman's Corner: Aging Gracefully

A retired teacher, I occasionally run into former students. Sometimes one of them might say to me, “Well, Tate, you look the same. You don’t look any older.” I often reply, “Thank you, but that probably means I looked pretty bad when I had yo...

 

The Sportsman's Corner: Money Needs

For several years now, we have been bombarded with information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and how it is negatively influencing Pennsylvania's deer. The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    January 3, 2019

Annual Report for 2018

More than 70 inches of rain – officially. For months, it seemed as though we could not get more than two or three consecutive days of sunshine before things clouded up and the heavens let loose...

 

Fly Tying Time Again

Now that the dead of winter is about to set in, most sportsmen are looking for ways to put in their time. Some will do a little trapping, rabbit hunting, or cross-country skiing; but most will hole...

 

Dads

This year’s deer season began with miserable weather. The rainy opening day kept many hunters out of the woods and sent many others home early. In addition, the fierce winds of the next several days...

 

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