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  • More Changes are Coming0

    I guess it’s a sign that I’m getting older, but it seems like changes are coming more frequently than they did in the past. As an outdoorsman involved in the business of hunting and fishing for most of my life, in my early years, it seemed like rules and regulations seldom changed much, if at

  • The Roving Sportsman… “Like a Box of Chocolates”0

    One of the more memorable lines from a movie is when Forrest Gump stated that “My mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get!” And, while he was referring to something completely different, the line could easily be used to describe what you might or might

  • Weeds, Weeds, and More Weeds0

    The title of this week’s story is probably a pretty good description of what I call my lawn, but if you are a bass fisherman that likes to hit the area lakes during these summer months, you are obviously finding an abundance of weeds there as well. That’s pretty normal, and most serious bass fisherman,

  • A Basket Full of Eggs0

    As July catapults along at an amazing speed towards the fast-approaching month of August, there are perhaps at least two things that have been topics of conversation in area households; “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do” and “when are we going shopping for school clothes?” Regarding the latter, retailers have been more than ready, especially

  • The Roving Sportsman… Tick Alert!0

    For outdoorsmen who are about to spend an increasing amount of time in the out of doors in the upcoming months, it is only a matter of time until you come in contact with ticks. Whether you are fishing at your favorite mountain stream, preseason scouting for this coming fall, or working on food plots

  • What Hunters Should Know About 2021-22 Antlerless Deer Licenses0

    Deer season still might be months away, but hunters who will need antlerless deer licenses in 2021-22 soon will need to fill out and send in their applications. Resident hunters may apply for their first antlerless deer license beginning Monday, July 12. Nonresidents may submit their first application a week later, beginning Monday, July 19.

  • The Roving Sportsman… Pine Creek Valley: A World-Class Destination0

    Truth be told, I must have been bitten by the “travel bug” at an early age. I have always been a wanderer, frequently daydreaming about my next quest or next travel and adventure destination. My years in the Air Force only compounded my lust for travel.  Now, in the retirement years, I still seek to

  • Unforeseen Adjustments0

    Needless to say, for those of us who are severely “hooked on fishing,” we have somehow managed to fish during all twelve months of the year, and even the dead of winter doesn’t deter us. Normally, the spring and summer months are great for catching a variety of species from trout to bass, walleyes, panfish,

  • The Monster From a Kayak0

    The Spencers just got back from a quick family vacation. We spent the past few days along Pine Creek in isolation. Teach has several good friends in her industry. One of them invited us up to her cabin. We did the exact same last year during COVID. We had such an amazing time. It was

  • This Week’s LION: Jack McGee-100 Years Strong!0

    The Lycoming County Board of Commissioners Meetings could be described as 99% mundane matters and 1% wow moments. The ‘wows’ generally catch me by surprise, such as line item 1.6, “Proclamation: Jack McKee 100th Birthday,” listed on the Tuesday, June 22nd agenda. OK, I guess it is great that a guy hits the century mark,

  • The Right “Caliber”0

    Anyone involved in hunting, especially big game, knows how important it is to use the right caliber of gun to take the prey you are after. You don’t use a 22-caliber rifle for hunting deer or bears, and you don’t need a 300 Winchester Mag. to bag a gray squirrel. This week’s piece, however, is

  • UPMC Surgeon: When to Consider Joint Replacement for Arthritis0

    People are living longer than ever and many of us want to remain active later in life. All those years of activity can wear on our bodies, especially our joints. While minor pain and aches are normal, long-lasting pain or pain that causes you to make lifestyle changes are something you should consider talking to

  • Let’s Get “Down to Earth”0

    I suppose a better way of saying “let’s get down to earth” might be to say, “it’s time to start thinking terrestrial.” What I mean is that even though a lot of our mayfly hatches are slowing down and coming to an end, now is the time to start turning to terrestrials or those bugs

  • Matching the Hatch

    Matching the Hatch0

    Congratulations to all the teachers, kids, and administrators. This school year was definitely a challenge. I can’t begin to tell you how proud of you I am. Battling the unknowns and dealing with the COVID protocols wasn’t fun. But you found a way to persevere. Kudos and major props. Special thanks to all of you

  • Sometimes I Miss the Target0

    I remember as a young man when I first started fishing, my buddies and I would dig some worms and head to the nearest creek. Like a lot of other young fishermen, we didn’t give much thought to what we might catch just as long as we caught something. As time went on, I got

  • Common Sense to Prevent Being Scrooged by a Scoundrel0

    Scammers have perfected the art of lying and deception. They prey upon the most innocent and caring people. This often is the most senior members of our community that may be lonely and just enjoy having someone to talk with. They are beyond scoundrels in sheep’s clothing and will say whatever necessary. Please make it

  • The Roving Sportsman… Walleyes on the Palouse0

    It all began as my friend, Walker, and I laid out plans for a spring bear hunt in the Clearwater Wilderness Area in the Idaho panhandle. We wanted to arrive in the state a few days early so we could wind down from the 35 plus hour drive from home. And we wondered what else

  • Play Ball

    Play Ball0

    I cannot believe the 2021 Little League regular season is coming to an end. Time goes by fast when you are having some fun. OK. I might complain that baseball gets in the way. But it seems like Michelle, Jensen, and I are at the ball field every single night. My fishing has suffered greatly.

  • Slithering Encounters While Fishing0

    When I head out with my fishing rod in hand, my intentions, of course, are to encounter as many scaly creatures as possible — that is, the scaly creatures that are swimming beneath the surface I’m fishing over. In addition to the scaly fish, however, I also frequently encounter a variety of other scaly creatures

  • The First Pitch of Summer0

    How great was it to feel that bright summer sun and those 90 degree days last week? Isn’t it amazing how much more fun any outdoor event becomes in our neck of Penns Woods when you finally feel the warmth of summer? All those sporting events that parents and grandparents endure in those cold days

  • Get Paddling

    Get Paddling0

    North Central Pennsylvania is home to several grand opportunities, and paddling gives you an entirely new perspective. This includes kayaking, canoeing, and even wakeboarding. With the weather changing, many folks are now out on the nearby lakes, rivers, and streams. Yes. Paddling is another great option to experience the outdoors. The Spencers have a canoe,

  • The Lycoming Creek Anglers0

    The 2021 trout season is off to a great start, minus the weather. But the fishing has been grand. My friends and I are having a blast. I have stayed mostly local, but several have ventured out. A lot of credit goes to the STATE and other local organizations. There is one, in particular, that

  • Living Off the Land

    Living Off the Land0

    For some reason, these days, it seems like we are seeing more and more TV shows about surviving in the wilderness or living off the grid. Like a lot of other outdoor types, I, too, have dabbled a bit in surviving off the land on a few occasions. On one outing, I spent about ten

  • Intro to Fishing in Lycoming County1

    There was a missed call, but I didn’t recognize the number. I really didn’t think anything of it as they didn’t leave a voicemail. The same number appeared a few minutes later. I picked up this time, expecting a used car salesman. It was a nice lady from Lycoming Valley Intermediate. I totally panicked. What

  • Resurrection Life! Absent and Doubting0

    In this series of articles, we are taking a look at interactions Jesus had with people during the forty days between His resurrection and His ascension. So far, we have discussed Mary Magdalene, the Disciples, and Cleopas and his friend as they walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Previous articles in this series

  • “Sparrow Hawks” Are Not Hawks0

    I’m not what you call a real dedicated bird watcher, but I do enjoy seeing the great variety of birds we have here in Pennsylvania including a wide variety of songbirds that visit our bird feeders, woodpeckers, birds of prey, waterfowl, and of course our game birds. I not only enjoy seeing our many bird

  • Wild vs. Stocked

    Wild vs. Stocked0

    Many folks have reached out to me as of late. They will send me a photo with a simple question. First let me say that I am not a fishing expert. Nor did I qualify for ICHTHYOLOGY 345 at Lycoming College. I do know the major differences between the Pennsylvania trouts, but it is getting

  • Why Do We Fish?0

    Why Do We Fish? There was a time way back in our early history when the question of why we fish had a simple and direct answer — to put food on the table. While many of us still enjoy a good fish dinner on occasion, we would be hard-pressed to say that our fishing

  • Write it Down0

    In keeping with Webb Weekly’s literary objective of presenting informative stories about local people and the things they are doing, the past two issues of this newspaper have detailed books that have recently been published by two of the area’s most renowned individuals. Much is known about the authors themselves but how they got here

  • Rising Stockies0

    When you spend as much time on the water as I do. You will always catch a few. And while some days are certainly better than others. You occasionally have that once in a lifetime experience. But these little episodes are extremely rare. I can count them with my fingers. This past Sunday I was

  • If I Had Only One Dry Fly0

    I was recently sipping coffee and talking with another dry fly-fishing enthusiast when we both came up with the same thought — if you could have only one dry fly pattern for the whole season, what would it be? This same question has come up several times over the years with other fly-fishing friends, and

  • Fishing Alone

    Fishing Alone0

    Hope all is well, sports fans. Several items that need your attention. Last week we talked about a local hoopster who was looking to secure a spot. Well good things happen to those who put in the work. Alize Johnson recently signed a 4.1 million dollar deal with the Brooklyn Nets. He is under contract

  • Changes Keep Coming0

    The older I get, the less comfortable I am with change. This year has been especially difficult, especially when I look at the political situation and all the changes being thrown at us because of COVID-19. Since this is intended to be an outdoor column, I will try to refrain from bringing politics and health


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