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 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    December 3, 2020 

A Bad Fall

When people my age (71) fall down, we can suffer serious long-term consequences. I believed that I was immune to falling down and hurting myself, though I am glad that my son, Bob, bought me a wading...

 

First Buck

My son, Bob, has killed quite a few bucks during his 28 years of hunting. The best of these was a perfect 10-point that he downed a couple years ago. Each tine was perfectly matched with one on the...

 

Rifle Bear Season Is Here

The statewide rifle bear season comes in this Saturday, Nov. 21, and will run through Nov. 24. This is the first time bear season will include a Sunday of hunting – Nov. 22. Archers already enjoyed a lengthy bear-hunting season in late October and...

 

The Big Week

It is nearly here: the week of the whitetail rut that bowhunters and crossbow hunters have lobbied to have added to the autumn archery season. Next week is the big week. In the past, the first two...

 

Bob's 2019 Fall Turkey

Last fall my son, Bob, called a nice young gobbler in for me on the opening day of the season. To my credit, I took advantage of the shot that was presented and collected my Thanksgiving turkey....

 

Fall Turkey, 2019

Like the previous autumn, 2019's fall turkey season was to last only one week in our area (unless you counted the two days prior to the new Saturday opener for rifle deer season). So, I had to try to...

 

Broadening My Horizons

My wife, my son and my granddaughter tell me that I live in a confined world. "All you want to do is to go fly-fishing for trout and hunt for wild turkeys in season. You need to broaden your horizons....

 

Bear Hunting Starts Saturday

Pennsylvania's bear population has expanded dramatically over the past several decades, so much that special bear seasons outside the regular firearms season that lasts from Nov. 21 through Nov. 24...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    October 8, 2020

Fishing Truck

When I got home from a successful fishing adventure this morning, I decided that I still had enough energy left to wash and wax my 10-year-old Ford Ranger. The Ranger is my most recent fishing (and...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

From the time he was old enough to realize what a gun was, my son, Bob, showed great interest in shooting and then a little later, hunting. I probably wasn't the best teacher, but I encouraged these...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

I recently ran into a young fly-fisherman who had bought my book, "The Trout at the Walnut Tree," which appeared 30 years ago and was probably the worst-selling book in the history of fly-fishing....

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Students of literature remember that Oedipus the King was a major figure in tragic Greek drama. Unwitting actions ruined his life. Oedipus had become king by solving the riddle of the Sphinx: "What be...

 

Trip Into the Past

After 45 years of marriage, I have learned when my presence is not needed around the house. Such was the case one hot August evening when Donna was having a meeting at our house for one of the committ...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    August 27, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

Although it seems odd to me, Pennsylvania's autumn hunting seasons open next Tuesday, Sept. 1. One of the hunting targets will be mourning doves, which may be hunted from one-half hour before sunrise...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    August 13, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

When I am fishing, I occasionally encounter unusual things that have nothing to do with my fly-fishing adventures. One of the weirdest outdoor encounters I have had recently was finding a little mole...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    August 6, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

Summer is supposed to be the season of plenty in the wild. Young animals that have been born during the recent spring are growing and are becoming aware of the world around them. By now, whitetail faw...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 30, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

I have a friend we'll call "John Doe" who owns a nice outdoor property. John keeps a few trout in a small pond there. However, by this spring the population was down to one large palomino (yes, I know...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    News    July 30, 2020

Pa. Game Commission Updates Chronic Wasting Disease Plan

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) hosted a webinar on Monday, July 27, that presented the updated Chronic Wasting Disease Plan that was presented to the Board of Game Commissioners on Saturday, July 25. Andrea Korman, the game commission’s...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 23, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

To hunt turkeys the way I do, I must be in good physical condition. At 70 it has become increasingly difficult to remain in the type of condition I need to be in so that I can pursue wild turkeys...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 16, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

By now, most hunters have purchased their licenses for the 2020-21 hunting year. Many have bought additional tags and stamps so that they can hunt with a bow, crossbow, or muzzleloader for deer. In...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 9, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

The term "sartorial splendor" means "magnificent in the manner of dress." In relation to fishing, sartorial splendor could mean that an angler dresses himself so that he looks magnificent to other...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 2, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

We are now in the period of summer when catching trout becomes a matter of degree. No, I am not talking about the degree of difficulty, though summer trout are much tougher to deal with than the...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    June 25, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

"You're just an old fogey, Rich," the young fly-fisherman told me. "You need to get up to date on modern fly-fishing tactics." The young man's comment was made to me not too long ago when we were disc...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    June 18, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

May is my favorite month. Redbud and dogwood come into full bloom against the pastel green of developing plants. Eventually ground phlox and dame's rocket make their lavender appearances as well. As...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    June 4, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

With the coronavirus closing many things down, including age-level basketball at the Y, I find that I still have lots of things to do. So should most sportsmen. Enthusiastic trout fishermen have been...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    May 14, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

A month ago, I wrote that the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP) was continuing to back the research of Dr. Frank Bastian and that Bastian's work needs financial support. When the PA Department o...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    May 7, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

After my son, Bob, tagged his big opening-day 2019 spring gobbler, he wanted to know if I wanted to keep hunting. "Nope," I replied. "With this wind howling, I don't think that we'll hear another...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    April 30, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

My son, Bob, is a better hunter than I am. This has become increasingly evident during the spring when he has managed to kill gobblers almost every spring for the past 10 years without having much...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    April 9, 2020

Trout Season Now Open

When I got home this morning, April 7, from fishing on one of the specially regulated waters where trout fishing is open the year round, Donna greeted me by saying, "Do you know that trout season is...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 26, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

This time every spring, trout fishermen start getting "antsy." With the traditional opener still nearly a month away, most wile away their time doing other things, including odious yard work....

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    March 19, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

Although Dr. Frank Bastian's research concerning Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been able to be replicated by other researchers, the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP) is continuing to...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    News    March 12, 2020

Hunters Say Culling Herd Not the Answer to CWD Problem

An informational meeting concerning Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was held on Saturday, March 7, at the Freedom Township Fire Hall with approximately 150 sportsmen in attendance. State Rep. Jim Gregor...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Five years ago, my friend Brady killed a buck that ran down the wrong side of the mountain after being hit with a shot that should have dropped him in his tracks. It took the two of us more than six...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Spotlighting deer is a nice way to spend an early evening. You attach a spotlight's cord to the electrical socket that once held a cigarette lighter. Then you drive around rural roads and shine the...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

I hope sportsmen reading this column have been preparing for Valentine's Day. Most of us should come up with a card for our wives. Many of us might visit a florist and bring home a bouquet of...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

If you watch television, you know there are various groups that reward various types of performers with awards. You can watch the Emmys, the Grammys, the ESPYs, and other award shows. Individuals and...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

With a lull between most autumn and spring sportsmen's hunting and fishing seasons, a way for sportsmen to fill the void is to visit one of the outdoor shows that are held during the winter. Probably...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

As I've aged, Donna has become increasingly successful in duping me into accompanying her on shopping trips. Recently she dragged me off to a distant mall I'd never heard of. Donna had entered a...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    January 9, 2020

The Sportsman's Corner

Last autumn, I decided to make an overnight trip to northcentral Pennsylvania. When I drove there to fish in previous years, I normally came home that same night. However, I am not the night driver I...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

It is nearing the end of another deer season. I have been hearing the same lament I have been hearing for many years. "There just aren't many deer on public land, Rich. I'm about ready to join all...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

I do not know if deer season is the appropriate time to write a column about the disappearance of songbirds. However, even an unobservant sportsman like me has noticed that there are far fewer birds...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Saturday (Nov. 30) is the opening day of the rifle deer season. It's the first time rifle deer season has opened on a Saturday since I began hunting. During my years in the woods, deer season has...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

If I were a bear hunter, I would have been just about totally confused about when and where I could've hunted prior to the regular bear season. The only thing I would've been sure of was that I'd have...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Not long ago, I wrote that the passage of a bill allowing Sunday hunting was unlikely. I am now eating crow about that column. On Oct. 30, SB 147 was passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representative...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Last fall, my son, Bob, and I did not get to hunt together during the autumn turkey season. Because of the heavy rain that occurred on the first day, I did not hunt. Bob, like our friend "Scout,"...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Last fall, my autumn turkey season did not begin until Monday afternoon of the first week – the only week in WMA 4A. It rained cats and dogs on Saturday and continued through Monday morning. As an...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

This Saturday (Oct. 19) ushers in the statewide small game season for squirrels, rabbits, and ruffed grouse. The following Saturday, Oct. 26, is the opening day for pheasants. For those "in the...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

When Pennsylvania's State Senate passed its version of a bill to allow hunting on Sundays, it appeared that limited Sunday hunting was going to be permitted in Pennsylvania. The bill allowed three...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    October 3, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

Saturday (Oct. 5) is the opening day for the autumn archery season for deer. Next to the rifle-hunting season for whitetails, it is probably the season that attracts more hunters to the woods than any other. This season gives bowhunters and crossbow...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Although a couple of less-popular fall hunting seasons have already begun, the major seasons are now only a week away. First up will be the autumn bow/crossbow season that is scheduled to begin on Oct...

 

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