George Block

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

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Writing a weekly column brings out the best, and worst, at times

I hope I quote this line correctly for I must admit to being wrong once or twice in my life.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” the saying goes.

As we become more entrenched in habits, this becomes more true. One of my favorite things is to begin the day with coffee and the Observer-Reporter.

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Jan 2017

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Flintlock hunting can be frustrating

It’s the time of year when the woodlots are full of Daniel Boones carrying their flintlocks.

As I see or experience first-hand the shooting of the flintlock, I can’t help but think the Indians were better armed. Ignition of these black powder firearms is created by a flint, a pan and what we call a frizzen.

It didn’t take me long afield to realize why it is so named. You see as the flint strikes the frizzen, it makes a sound just like that, FRIZZZZEN!

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Dec 2016

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Deer numbers seemed a little off this year

Perhaps it is only here at home, but the take of whitetail deer was off a bit.

I was talking to a past official of the Pennsylvania Game Commission who agreed with me.

For one thing, the number of license sales has dropped significantly and fewer people in the woods spells a lower number of deer taken. Also, adding to the lower take is we are fast becoming a society that is losing its desire to be hunters and gatherers.

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Dec 2016

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Many reasons to purchase, collect firearms

One thing people who do not own firearms do not understand is that there are a variety of reasons for purchasing a rifle.

The ownership of a good rifle doesn’t begin, or for that matter necessarily end up with, a .30-06 in the closet. Yes, we do buy rifles to hunt with but we also buy them for investment or just to handle and look at them.

The reason for owning 20 rifles might fall into any of these reasons.

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