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  • The Roving Sportsman… Start Them out Right0

    No one can argue that one of the most important things we can do as responsible gun owners is to properly introduce a new enthusiast to firearm handling and ownership by emphasizing safety and the related responsibilities. Whether you are about to deal with an adult who has never had the opportunity to hunt or

  • Black Bear Hunting – Go Figure0

    Like a lot of hunters in Pennsylvania, I do some bear hunting, but I’m not an overly dedicated bear hunter. I took a 200-pound cinnamon phase of a black bear in Montana years ago but have never killed a Pennsylvania black bear. I’ve seen bears on a few occasions while hunting in Pennsylvania, but good

  • District IV Hoops Teams Keep Hopes Alive0

    An admitted ‘basketball junkie,’ a year ago, South Williamsport’s Dean Kriebel’s daily practice plan had one distinct goal; find a way to make it to the next day. The only game he was determined to win was the game of life. In December 2021, Kriebel was diagnosed with cancer, and his total concentration was to

  • Black-Eyed Bomb: Marlowe Movie Makes a Mess0

    When John Banville wrote his Raymond Chandler tribute novel “Black-Eyed Blonde,” one critic said he not only nailed the style and milieu of Chandler’s 1940s detective Philip Marlowe; he had also captured Marlowe’s soul. As for the new movie based on that book: I don’t think those folks could find Marlowe’s soul if it drove

  • The Roving Sportsman: The North versus the South0

    There are many times that people draw references to the differences between the North and the South. History points out some of the cultural differences and certainly the Civil War brought to head the clash of diverse ideals held by the Confederate soldiers and the Union soldiers, as well as those who supported one side

  • Matty Ice0

    Matt Ilodigwe has already graduated from Lycoming College. The four-year starting guard was one of our favorites. Matt has a great smile and an incredible demeanor. He was a sniper from the outside and helped the Warriors win a few titles. Ilodigwe led the MAC in many shooting categories. He finished his career with 758

  • The Roving Sportsman… It’s SHOWTIME!0

    Relatively speaking, up until last week or so, we have had a rather mild winter so far. But now Mother Nature has tightened the grip, and for the foreseeable future, a wintrier forecast is slated – to include more snow and more freezing temperatures. With that in mind, it also means it must be time

  • Feathered Fury

    Feathered Fury0

    I was driving home one morning last week when something strange caught my eye; two turkeys were only a few yards off the road on the bank to my right. I pulled over expecting the turkeys to flee — they didn’t. Now seeing turkeys while driving somewhere around here is certainly not a strange sight,

  • Candle in the Window

    Candle in the Window0

    Christmas is an amazing time of year. There are so many things to do, to plan for, and to see. One of those things is Christmas lights. Every year people dig them out or buy the latest trend and decorate their trees and their homes with these colorful and cheerful reminders of the holiday season.

  • The Roving Sportsman… Christmas Gift Ideas0

    With just over two weeks of shopping days left until the arrival of Christmas morning, we need to take a serious look at a couple of great ideas for that hard-to-buy-for sportsman on your gift-giving list. The ideas will include items that I have used and found to be highly useful and handy for any

  • A Hunting Venture Into the Past

    A Hunting Venture Into the Past0

    It’s kind of interesting sometimes to look back at past hunting experiences; for example, do you remember back in the 60s and 70s when hunting pheasants was very common and taking a limit of birds was not at all unusual. Back then, even without a dog, I would often go out for a few hours

  • The Roving Sportsman… Chronic Wasting Disease – Past and Present0

    It was not that long ago that we heard about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) occurring somewhere out west, but we never considered that it would ever become a concern within our own borders here in Pennsylvania. Initially, reports were of limited outcroppings of the disease in deer and elk in a few of the western

  • The Roving Sportsman… A Sincere Thank You to All Veterans0

    Over the years, veterans have returned home from the trenches in Europe, from the jungles of Southeast Asia, and from the desolate countryside of the Middle East. But not all made it home. For decades, members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard have served our nation willingly and with great pride.

  • A New Challenge Awaits0

    Describing himself as “a basketball junkie,” newly named South Williamsport girls’ basketball coach Dean Kriebel’s upcoming on-court challenge isn’t nearly as daunting as the ten-month cancer foe he successfully defeated during the past year. “Two years ago, I had the opportunity to get back in the game coaching the boys’ seventh-grade team, and I really

  • Some Interesting Statistics0

    The Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports recently released their 2022 Special Report on Hunting and the Shooting Sports, revealing some rather interesting statistics. It showed that hunting and target shooting participation diversity has increased in the U.S. over the past decade. The report provides a comprehensive look at the more than 30 million

  • Success in the Field Begins With Preparation0

    Warm summer days give way to the brisk chill of fall and, with it, the anticipation of another hunting season. With days getting shorter, the season can be upon us before we are ready for it. Your hunting and trapping digest from purchasing your license will inform you of changes to seasons/bag limits, regulations, and

  • Pennsylvania Archery Season Almost Here0

    • September 28, 2022

    All any hunter can ask for is opportunity. The opportunity to get afield, the opportunity to look for game, the opportunity to perhaps fill a tag. Pennsylvania’s upcoming archery deer season offers all of that over the span of nearly two months. But then, that’s no secret. Lots of hunters — more than 330,000 annually

  • Common Sense Tree Stand Safety0

    The statewide archery antlered and antlerless deer season opens this Saturday, October 1. As the season progresses and nears that “magical” time of the rut, bowhunters will spend an increasing amount of time in the woods. While hunting from the ground or in a ground blind can be successful, most would agree that a tree

  • Gazette and Bulletin: September 14, 1945 – Chief Issues Warning to People Carrying, Buying Firearms Without Permit0

    A warning to Williamsport citizens against either carrying or buying and selling firearms without a permit was issued Thursday afternoon by Williamsport Police Chief John G. Good. Chief Good was induced to emphasize the importance of people having permits for guns and revolvers by the following conditions. 1. The hunting season is near and many

  • The World Returns to Williamsport0

    I trust in God, I love my country, and will respect its laws. I will play fair and strive to win, but win or lose, I will always do my best. As the 75th Little League World Series begins, the Little League Pledge seemed like the perfect pitch to begin my article. After playing a

  • The Roving Sportsman… Plan to Mentor This Fall0

    Have you ever had the opportunity to mentor a youth that has never before had the chance to shoot or hunt? If you have, you know the great experience that you will both have. If you have not, you could be in for a wonderful time that you will both reflect on for years to

  • Four Words0

    “It’s the economy, stupid.” Perhaps no truer words of advice were ever given to a politician than those uttered by political strategist James Carville during Bill Clinton’s 1992 run for the White House. But it really doesn’t matter if those four impactful words were expressed during the 1492 Mayflower voyage or to those that might

  • Williamsport Street Ball Legends0

    If I asked you who, at the end of the 1959 basketball season, was Pennsylvania’s 2nd leading high school scorer behind the legendary Wilt Chamberlain, who would you guess? Chamberlain was 7’1, weighed 275 lbs., and played for Overbrook H.S. in Philadelphia for three years. If you guessed Williamsport’s own, Joey Prato — while many

  • Winner, Winner Grilled Chicken Dinner0

    Let’s kick off the start of the Fourth of July with some good news! It’s time to announce the winner of our Great American Cookout Giveaway! Congratulations to Carl Betts of Trout Run! Carl is getting all set up with a new grill courtesy of Elery Nau Hardware; he’ll also have everything he needs for

  • Whistle Pigs?0

    Whistle pigs? What are you talking about? Granted, today, there are likely a lot of people who have no idea what I’m talking about, but some other names for a groundhog are woodchucks and whistle pigs. Most people refer to the big burrowing rodent as either a groundhog or a woodchuck, but I suppose the

  • Pride0

    After all these years, I’m not sure if y’all still need the disclaimer, but just in case, here we go… Things on this page are about to get really gay. So, pull out your rainbow flags and buckle up. But as I’ve mentioned in years prior, if you intend to send me hate, tell me

  • Graduate, Take Heart, and Overcome!0

    The world is a mess. It was a mess yesterday, it’s a mess today, and it will be a mess tomorrow. If anyone tells you differently, they’re selling something. The world has been a mess ever since pride in the human heart decided it didn’t need God. That primal error has resulted in an unending

  • Do Something0

    The ominous sky opened up just moments before the Lycoming County Veterans Council was set to begin its annual Memorial Day Service at Williamsport’s West Fourth Street Veterans Memorial Park. Undaunted, the large crowd that had gathered remained in place with umbrellas and rain gear at the ready. They were there to honor and pay

  • The Roving Sportsman… Gift Ideas for Father’s Day0

    With just over a week left until Dad’s Big Day rolls around, here are some suggestions that might bring a smile to his face on “His Day.” For most outdoor enthusiasts, there are so many gadgets and so much gear available, no matter what the specific sport or activity they enjoy. For a father or

  • Sorrow, Grace and the Future0

    I’m sure many of you have experienced the same emotions I have since first learning about the shooting at Robb Elementary school in Texas. As I am writing this, I am in just flat-out angry mode. These are our children; we are the United States of America, and we must find a way to protect

  • Run, Hide, Fight0

    “Get ready to die!” Those chilling words echoed through an elementary school classroom in Texas. And die they did. After several agonizing minutes, 21 individuals were dead. No, not dead — slaughtered. As if the situation wasn’t horrific enough, 19 of those individuals killed last Tuesday were children averaging around the age of 10 years

  • County Hall Corner: School Shootings: Action and Reaction0

    There are times that even the best of writers are at a loss for words. The incredible tragedy that took place at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which took the lives of nineteen children and two adult teachers, is simply unfathomable to comprehend. What causes an individual to not only want to take

  • The Roving Sportsman… The Greatest of All Father’s Day Gift0

    You can go to your local outdoor store and come up with numerous gift ideas for Dad on His Day. You can go online and find hundreds of great gift ideas to make His Day a little brighter. And, you can browse through the many catalogs you or he receives in the mail to come


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