George Block

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

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It’s time to raise cost of hunting licenses in state

Last week, I made a big mistake.

I wrote that the Pennsylvania Game Commission was going to legalize the semi-automatic rifle for hunting here in Pennsylvania. My information had come from a commission employee so I don’t think I was just grabbing at rumors.

I was appalled the commission would legalize the ever-popular and hot-selling rifles utilizing the AR platform and not add caliber restrictions. There is, in my opinion, no good reason to allow the semi-automatic’s diminutive .223 ammunition for deer or bear hunting. It is just too ineffective ballistically to be used by a large number of hunters. Thankfully, my information was wrong.

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Mar 2017

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The crappie fishing should be heating up

It’s about time, I thought, as I made my way up the path leading to my favorite crappie fishing spot at Cross Creek Lake.

While the winter wasn’t all that cold, it seems we had an awful lot of rain. When it rains hard or long, the creeks become discolored and high.

The lake at Cross Creek is fed by a stream and it doesn’t take long for the waters to turn brown. Under those conditions, it is difficult to catch many crappies.

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