George Block

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George Block is a sports columnist who loves the outdoors.
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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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May 2017

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Spring brings thoughts of turkeys, walleye

I walked into Mike Weber’s house a couple of days ago and he had just finished smoking a couple of gobblers. I never cared for the taste and texture of a spring gobbler but in this case, the piece of turkey I ate was excellent.

The problem with spring turkeys is brought about by the constant chasing of hens by poor old tom turkey. Many times a tom will lose four or five pounds during this courtship period. His breast might become a bit soft and mushy and his legs are nothing but bone and tendon. But this smoked bird was wonderful. You see, even old men can learn to smoke them.

In the group I stopped to see at Mike’s, everyone got at least one gobbler. The group was basically my bear hunting group. I didn’t hunt with them this spring but bagged a large bird hunting alone.

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Apr 2017

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Trout season is finally upon us

It seems the cold, blustery and mostly rainy days have gone and we are finally having some decent weather.

Along with that, trout season in Western Pennsylvania has begun.

Let’s hear a cheer!

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Apr 2017

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Opening day of trout season brings flood of fond memories

It would be safe for me to say a certain Saturday in April could well be my favorite day of the year.

Of course, I am referring to the first day of the regular trout season in our part of the state.

It on this day that some of my best memories have been formed. I know I am a rifle guru and deer hunting junkie but some of the opening days of deer season are spoiled with other hunters stealing a partner’s buck or someone trying to take my hard-built tree stand and so on.

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