After hunting, reloading and such for 60 years, you get a feel for what works and what sells. Some people’s differences of opinion are based on fact while others are based on hype.
George Block writes a weekly outdoors column for the Observer-Reporter.
Eileen and I waved as we passed our farmer friend, who had told us to go ahead, up his hill to hunt groundhogs. He told us he was taking care of a problem with a groundhog in his melon patch. This fellow has been such a good friend and we had been to his beautiful farm many times, so this wa…
It’s a beautiful day in summer and I’m sitting here just daydreaming about the last hunt I took with my good friend Monte Hunnel of Jefferson and my son-in-law Mike. It was late fall two years ago when Mike, Monte and I arrived at Macon County Outfitters in northern Missouri.
The past week’s weather was an improvement on the prior week’s hail, rain and muggy heat. I say just about anything would be an improvement. I have been busy with friends, out sitting in fields, sighting in groundhogs and shooting at the club, in between bouts of storms.
Let’s talk fishing.
My daughter likes to tell the story of the time she came home from work went downstairs to her big upright freezer to get a pack of something for dinner. She opened the fridge and there was a large garbage bag in there. Now this bag was pretty big, and she didn’t remember putting it there, s…
With the summerlike weather heading our way, who can’t start to think about groundhog season. The farmers are all out planting fields and the young groundhogs born this spring are starting to emerge from their burrows. Soon it will be time to become the sniper. I suspect I am not the only fa…
It was a beautiful early May spring morning. The light was just coming up in the woods. Eileen and I were hunting turkey up on top of a hill in our camo gear. I was perking at the edge of the field and Eileen had her shotgun, which we had painted with camo colors the night before.
I guess that everyone over the age of 50 tends to look back and people under 50 tend to look forward. Its just the way it works. When I was a young writer, all my stories were things I was doing or going to do. Someone asked me my favorite hunting story this week. After all, I have quite a f…
Well, here we are, a week past Easter, and the opening of trout season the day before.
It has probably one of the largest memberships of any sportspersons club in Washington County and is one of the best-kept trout fishing spots for opening day. I should know for I have been a member there since 1960. I am usually found on the grounds at least once a week all year long.
Occasionally, I discover an article in the Observer-Reporter that attracts special attention. Last week, one such article jumped out at me. It was the article that stated commissioners Diane Irey Vaughan and Nick Sherman were involved in the passage of a bill that would make Washington Count…
This afternoon I was sitting in the kitchen browsing through my Observer-Reporter newspaper when my son-in-law, Mike, walked through. He was on his way to his part time job as caretaker at Camp Agape, the beautiful church camp in Hickory. That’s when he said something that brought joy to my …
I guess you could say that the firearm company I am talking about would fall into the third-place spot among the shooting fraternity. It has consistently held that third place over many years. I am talking today about the Ruger line of guns.
It’s not unusual for the bull to fly when hunters and anglers get together. Anglers will be arguing the merit of their favorite bass or trout lure while hunters and target shooters will be arguing guns and cartridges
With the temporary closing of the Gun Show at Arden and now the closing of the annual sportsman show at the Washington Crown Center, things have been a little depressing around here lately. So that’s why I thought I’d write about something good that has been happening.
This week has been a little boring what with being shut in the house because of Covid-19. It used to be on these cold snowy days that I could still go out and scout for deer or take walks in the fresh snow. But these days it seems I am trapped indoors. Time seems to go faster while I move sl…
Last week, my readers read excerpts from an old article of mine callws “Ronnie’s Dumplings” first published in 1976 in the Pennsylvania Game News. This week I’d like to continue the story telling of what makes hunting such a pleasure to me.
I have heard described as “meat hungry” persons whose whole pleasure supposedly comes from the kill. They’re supposed to be blood thirsty egotists who must prove their superiority over that which they seek. Is that what hunting is all about? I doubt it.
This week was the last week of the regular deer season. Usually after deer season, I start to think about the gun show at Arden, which normally gets me through an otherwise very boring time of the year. Every year the gun show is a big draw in our area. The crowds are unbelievable. People fl…
I can’t help but marvel at the beauty of the earth. It’s that time of winter with its bright white snow and crisp air. It is hunting season so for us who hunt, we are outdoors. The opportunity to spend time in nature is always good.
Often, a person gets what he or she deserves. This is true in everyday life and carries over to hunting and fishing.
It is the third day already and I haven’t seen a buck let alone shot one.
Last week, I wrote about the importance of the performance of a bullet and subsequently the importance of an accurate bullet. I also said that the value of bullet performance goes a bit farther than accuracy alone. It is at this time of year, with the approach of the traditional deer season,…
It was one of those afternoons and the rifle range at the club was a busy place. I was thinking about that day because it was this time of year and everyone was sighting in before the big day. Of course, the big day was the opening day of deer season, or should I say the opening day of the o…
George Block writes a weekly outdoors column for the Observer-Reporter.
I know Eileen has been gone for quite a while and yet I miss her presence more than usual at this time of year. Perhaps it is the change in temperature or the brightly colored leaves, but it is just as deeply felt as I prepare for the upcoming deer season. Both the yellow and reds of the tre…
Always remember when shooting a rifle at a range, you are dealing with 2 lines. One is the line of sight and the other is the line of the bullet’s trajectory. The line of sight always starts out above the line of the bore, unless you are shooting the rifle upside down.
A few weeks back, a letter to the editor caught my eye, and while rereading it this week, I thought it was one of the best outdoor-oriented letters to come before me.
So far, I haven’t heard of anyone downing a big buck, but the cooler weather sure has increased deer movement. I have noticed quite an uptick in the number of deer particularly the number of fawns. It is normal for deer to have twins but there are a lot of little late fawns this year. My gue…
I don’t know if you have noticed but there is a major lack of firearms in local stores. Of more importance, there is also a shortage of ammunition. It is very difficult to bag a record buck without both. Of course, one can always enter the archery season with ammo that can be used more than …
It has been some time since I fished Walnut or Elk Creek with a fair amount of success. As early as September, you would find us motoring north to the shores of Lake Erie. With good reason, we fished the feeder streams early as an attempt to catch salmon or sometimes a steelhead trout.
I must confess, for most of my life I have thought how nice it would be to sit at the mouth of a cave on top of some remote mountain and give advice to others.