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 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...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

I have been fly-fishing for more than 50 years. During these years, I have caught a fair number of beautiful trout and have seen a good many unusual things. One of the most unusual "buildings" I ever...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Late one evening I was slouched on the lazy-boy in my fly-tying room, reading one of the novels I have spent much of my time with since retiring. After all, television programming is so putrid that...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    August 15, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

Back in mid-July, I listened to Dr. James Kroll's presentation about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It was a scholarly presentation, and more than 100 sportsmen showed up to hear it. However, there...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    August 1, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

I do not spend a lot of time on the internet; but when I am online, I visit a couple of fly-fishing sites. One of these is paflyfish.com, where there is a forum that includes various sub-forums. On...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 25, 2019

Midsummer Musings

"Don't you dare write anything negative about our trip to Cape May this year, Rich," Donna, my wife, recently warned me. "You and some of your friends might think your complaints about Cape May and...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    News    July 18, 2019

'Dr. Deer' Addresses Sportsmen on CWD and Herd Culling

On Saturday, July 13, Dr. James Kroll presented a seminar about deer and chronic wasting disease to more than 100 sportsmen at the Hollidaysburg Middle School auditorium. Kroll is known as "Dr. Deer"...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 18, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

Not long ago, I had just finished mowing my lawn for what seemed to be the millionth time this summer when I noticed my neighbor, Dr. Archie O. Logist, professor of phenomenology at the nearby Ganiste...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 11, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

I have been fly-fishing for trout for a little more than 50 years. After I had graduated from high school, I thought I would try to become a serious trout fisherman. When I saw Ralph Haney and his...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    July 5, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

The recent audit of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's financial policies has pointed out that the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania (USP) has long been correct about the commission's manipulation of...

 
 By RICHARD TATE    Sports    June 27, 2019

The Sportsman's Corner

With heavy rains blowing out my favorite local streams for much of the spring, I've gotten little fly-fishing in. For a while, though, several spots on the BFO River remained fishable. One drizzly...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

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