George Block

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George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.
18

Jun 2017

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Plenty of options for varmint hunters to try, consider

Some hobbies come and go. I played baseball and softball for a bit and then a bit of age and adult responsibility ended that. I spent a few years shooting a handgun in an organized league. More recently, I shot sporting clays with serious competitors like Bill King and Gerry Mullins. All of these passed as I got older and moved on to a new hobby. But there is one pastime that was a passion when I was young, and many years later it still gets my attention along with my time.

I must admit that, in my doddering years, I’m not as good at it as I used to be but I still enjoy sitting in a field alone, or with a friend, watching for and shooting at groundhogs. I tend to think the reason I have the passion to shoot at these unloved beasts that dig holes in the wrong places and eat gardens is it’s a rifle sport.

I am not a shotgun person, although I love to carry a side-by-side 20 gauge through a grouse thicket. To me, a rifle can be a joy just to hold and own. A shotgun, for me, is a tool, a necessity or something to be used. There is however, an attraction to an accurate rifle that can be a joy to shoot at nothing more than paper trying to get a tight group at 100 yards or farther. I am always seeking that perfect group.

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10

Jun 2017

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Pennsylvania Game Commission needs Fredericks’ experience

All major issues facing the Pennsylvania Game Commission are handled by the appointed commissioners who reside in various parts of the state. About 16 years ago, Dennis Fredericks of Washington County stepped aside as a commissioner, having served his term.

During those years when Fredericks served, one could at least say the commission had a commissioner with common sense and intelligence. A rare combination indeed.

Fredericks not only served the hunting community well, he also enjoyed the position. I say these kind but honest words because Fredericks is an outdoorsman. He has two sons who hunt, therefore he has an interest in the future of hunting. It also is in the best interest of Washington County residents to have a local in the commission’s leadership positions.

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05

Jun 2017

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Best walleye catches are made north of this area

It’s been a rough spring for anglers and farmers alike. The farmers can’t work the soil or cut hay because of the rain and anglers suffer from muddy streams. During the rare periods when the rains hold off for a couple of days I have caught my share of trout but those dry days are as rare as a day in June.

I have said many times that we live in one of the poorest sections of the state for fishing and now even those spots look like coffee. There is one hope as summer is bass, muskie and walleye fishing time. I doubt if there is a natural trout water in Washington or Greene counties. Aside from the Monongahela River little walleye water, it is almost the rule to travel some distance to the north to fish for walleye. Pymatuming seems according to what I hear a waste of time.

Jim Roberts has a camp near Stocker Island and just came back from there. After fishing for three days, he caught a grand total of no walleye and zero crappie. Oh, he did boat a few 10-inch perch. If your boat is big enough, the angler can go north of Pymatuming and spend time on Lake Erie. I doubt if it’s muddy but what boat is large enough for Erie?

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20

May 2017

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Turkey hunting can be dangerous, especially for the hunter

Hope you bagged your turkey already because the weeds are getting too tall and really cut down visibility. It’s really hard to see beyond 10 yards in most places.

Remember last week when mentioned that I was looking at one of those openings created by the gas pipelines and realized that all I could see of a big tom was his head? Imagine how tall that grass is by this week. The rainy spring we are experiencing has created a lush understory in most woodlands.

If one still insists on going forth to seek this keen-eyed bird despite the difficulties, then good luck, be careful and keep something solid at your back. Strange things really do happen during the spring turkey season.

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