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  • The Roving Sportsman… Seeking Sheds0

    Nope, this is not about looking for wood sheds, tool sheds, outhouses, or any other type of outbuilding. This is the time of year when bucks begin to drop their antlers, and hunting for these sheds is a passion for whitetail hunters. There is some thought that temperature changes or fluctuations trigger the shedding of

  • 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

  • The Lure of Fishing0

    Contrary to what the title may seem to be suggesting, this is not a piece about what causes or entices one to fish but rather what lures one uses to catch fish. I got to thinking about this topic when someone just getting into fly fishing asked me if a half dozen flies would be

  • The Roving Sportsman… No Place to Go?0

    For most of us who live in Lycoming County or the surrounding counties, we are fortunate to have acquired multiple places to hunt, fish, and spend quality time outdoors. Whether we pursue small game or big game and whether we prefer to fish for trout or bass, the majority of outdoorsmen who have resided in

  • Otters in Pennsylvania0

    Maybe I should start this piece off by first describing what an otter is since the number of people who have actually seen one roaming the Pennsylvania countryside is probably pretty small. A river otter is an elusive aquatic mammal that belongs to the weasel family. It is closely related to mink, badgers, wolverines, and

  • Looking Back.

    Looking Back.0

    Happy Birthday to the Webb Weekly. And special thanks to those who are fans of this page. I am truly humbled by all of your feedback and positive vibes. I want to give some love and congratulate a few — props to the boss man Jim and my lovely editor Steph for allowing me to

  • The Roving Sportsman… Winter Chores0

    We have had amazingly pleasant weather these past few weeks, and according to the latest forecasts, it appears that it will continue for at least a few more weeks. It is so nice that some of the usual snowbirds have been delaying their regular trip south so that they can take advantage of the unseasonably

  • Bait Versus Artificials

    Bait Versus Artificials0

    When I wrote the article that appeared in last week’s column, I was just about to head out for my first ice fishing outing of the new season. It was, in fact, the first time in some years that we were able to get safely on the ice before the new year. As you can

  • 2022 is Over0

    I try to leave on a positive note. And 2022 was a fun one, kids. There were so many great stories from this past year. I am glad that I got to share some. I am truly blessed and humbled. The praise and feedback from this part-time gig are off the charts. It is sometimes

  • The Roving Sportsman… 2023…A New Beginning?0

    I think that most folks will agree that the last couple of years have been overridden with negative. From the inception and lingering effects of COVID-19 to the deepening divide when it comes to trying to have a civil discussion regarding politics, and from the wide open southern border, which allows drugs and some rather

  • A Reckless and Dangerous Decision0

    Christmas came early this past week in the highest-profile vape and cannabis oil case ever witnessed. I’m going to pick my words wisely, be brief, and not allow the Biden administration to turn me into the grinch with a pen. Most importantly, I don’t want to rant and allow the madness of the world to

  • The Salvation Army’s 2022 Festival of Trees0

    At Christmastime in Williamsport, The Salvation Army is known for not only red kettles and bell ringing, but also its annual Festival of Trees display and auction at the Lycoming Mall. Now in its 20th year, The Salvation Army’s Festival of Trees has become a beloved community tradition—and a significant fundraiser to help those in

  • An Amish Tale0

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to all of my family and friends. It is a wonderful time of year to simply hang out and veg. I am extremely blessed to have so many great chums. But I am very thankful for a few. They saved the day, and I consider them as my bearded brethren. I will

  • The Roving Sportsman… Reading By the Fireplace0

    Temperatures are slowly trending downward, the daylight hours get shorter with each passing day, and soon the landscape will be covered in a layer of white. Many of us will reduce our time out of doors and turn to inside activities as the onset of winter doldrums sets in. A great pastime for the months

  • The Cost of Enjoying Outdoor Activities

    The Cost of Enjoying Outdoor Activities0

    Like a lot of people, I enjoy outdoor activities, more specifically hunting and fishing, which I do on a year-round basis. Like many others, I have accumulated a pretty good amount of outdoor gear over the years. I’ve never really sat down and tried to figure out how much I have invested in all that

  • The Roving Sportsman… A Time to Give Thanks0

    Thanksgiving weekend is recognized as the most heavily traveled weekend of the year. Over the next several days, thousands of people across our state and across the nation will fly or drive to meet up with friends and relatives to share some quality time together. There will be football, lots of food, and plenty of

  • Experiential Gifts for Kids

    Experiential Gifts for Kids0

    The popularity of experiential gifts is undeniable. In its 2021 Winter Holiday Shopping Report, the market research firm Mintel revealed that nearly half of individuals surveyed for the report felt that experiential gifts are superior to tangible items. Such preferences are something holiday shoppers can keep in mind as they pursue the perfect gift for

  • Late Fall Trout Fishing

    Late Fall Trout Fishing0

    I know a lot of us are caught up in the fall hunting scene, but every year I have to remind myself that there is still some good trout fishing available after the leaves cover the ground. I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours of trout angling last week along with a couple

  • A Veterans Day Breakfast Thanks0

    The nation owes a great debt to its Veterans, whose service to the nation spans every decade, every year, every day of our country’s existence. Through untold courage and sacrifice, America’s Veterans have secured the liberty which the founding fathers sought to establish, in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of

  • 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.

  • Nymphing in the Fall

    Nymphing in the Fall0

    I love this time of year as North Central PA is on fire. Change is in the air. Everything is shining. Autumn brings us so many vibrant colors. The Visitors Bureau needs to give me a buzz. Our new addition has got me stressed. I wish there were more hours in the day. Sadly, there

  • The Hunt for Fall Panfish0

    I know it’s fall, and that means hunting seasons are in full swing, but a lot of us diehard fishermen aren’t quite ready to give up our fishing endeavors just yet. There’s a good reason we’re not ready to hang up our fishing rods since there are still some great fishing opportunities available through the

  • The Roving Sportsman… What to do with Venison0

    Archery hunters have already been taking deer in these early weeks of the season, and soon rifle hunters will join the ranks of those who look forward each year to hunting whitetails and having great-tasting venison for nutritious meals. The recent stretch of cool weather has helped ensure that there is much less chance of

  • The Great Outdoors

    The Great Outdoors0

    This week we are bringing you everything outdoors. We have lots of great stuff about hunting, fishing, safety, and generally enjoying all that Pennsylvania offers outside. I…don’t have a lot to contribute to the conversation because I’m not exactly outdoorsy. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a nice hike every now and again, but

  • The Roving Sportsman… Fall Is Finally Here!0

    The sweltering heat and humidity of July and August are finally behind us. The long dry spell, sparingly interrupted by a summer thunderstorm, is finally over. The last several days of much cooler temperatures and less humidity are a welcome sign that fall is upon us. Thursday, September 22, 2024, to be exact, is the

  • A Local Gem: Camp Susque0

    John Denver sang that West Virginia was almost heaven, but a better candidate would be a valley located about fifteen miles north of Williamsport. This amazing piece of God’s country is surrounded by some of the most beautiful hills anywhere. Because of the topography, there is virtually no ambient light, making the stars brighter at

  • The Elusive Muskie0

    When it comes to fishing here in Pennsylvania, you probably won’t find many fishermen who are strongly dedicated to pursuing muskies. There are probably some good reasons for that lack of pursuit; for one, they are not exactly abundant, at least not like trout and bass. They can also be difficult to catch; you can

  • The Roving Sportsman… So Long, Summer!0

    In just over a week, September 22, 2022, to be exact, Fall of 2022 will officially begin. Where the heck did the summer go anyway? For some unknown reason it simply seemed shorter than usual this year and, somehow, just slipped away. I suppose part of that is that when you keep busy, time has

  • A Recap

    A Recap0

    First, I would like to congratulate my friends at Little League International. The 2022 Little League World Series was off the charts, and I wanted to say thanks for another great experience. Jensen and I made it over to the complex on a few occasions. We are proud to say that we are from Williamsport.

  • Following on the Sea of Galilee0

    The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake located in Israel. It is unique for two reasons. First, sitting 700 feet below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on earth. Second, and far more importantly, it serves as the backdrop for the public ministry of Jesus Christ. Compared to the Mediterranean Sea, Galilee

  • An MLB Smallmouth

    An MLB Smallmouth0

    No. I did not score a ticket to the MLB Classic. No worries, kids. It’s cool, but I was hoping to see the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. Many of my friends were in the stands. I even spotted a few who were watching from the dike. I waved, but perhaps they didn’t realize.

  • Plug It0

    No, this is not an essay on how to fix a flat tire, but it may help put a bend in your favorite bass fishing rod. These days when it comes to selecting lures to stuff in your tackle box, there is so much to choose from that it makes your head spin. I remember

  • Learning Aids0

    I feel extremely fortunate to have spent my formative years growing up in Lycoming County, PA. My parents and grandparents were great mentors and extremely supportive of my interests in the outdoors. From hunting and fishing to just wiling away the hours observing and learning about the wonders of nature, they were always there to


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