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Sportsman’s Corner: The dog days return
07-11-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe dog days or dog days of summer is an expression that dates way back in history. The hot, sultry days of summer in the northern hemisphere have historically been the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which...

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Sportsman’s Corner: Fish finders for dummies
07-03-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThis writer is old enough to remember when the first “fish finders” appeared on the market. The technology that had been used for decades for marine and military purposes was used to create “flashers” that would show images on a screen of...


Sportsman’s Corner: Maine vacation and young wildlife
06-20-2024 1:25 PM

By Mike RocheJune is the month where most bird and wildlife species are rearing young. This is when most species are tending offspring, and coyote pups and fox, skunk, and raccoon kits start to emerge from their dens to join their adults for a crash...


Sportsman’s Corner: The search for the big one
06-13-2024 3:35 PM

By Mike RocheThis writer spent the week on Webber Pond in Vasselboro, Maine, at a lakeside home which was found by my wife’s twin sister Pam on Airbnb. This trip was a repeat of an adventure we undertook two years ago when my wife and I were joined by...


Sportsman’s Corner: The other spring pest
06-06-2024 1:28 PM

By Mike RocheLast week, this space whined about some of the things that make life in May unpleasant. One of the most miserable was not mentioned and, needless to say, reared its ugly head.Everyone reading this has a poison ivy (or poison oak) story...


Sportsman’s Corner: The downside of May and Free Fishing Weekend
05-30-2024 2:06 PM

By Mike RocheThis writer has often said that May and October are the best two months of the year. There are so many enjoyable outdoor activities and generally great weather conditions. There is, however, a dark side of May and the bothersome parts of...


Sportsman’s Corner: May, the best month of spring
05-16-2024 4:15 PM

By Mike Roche Here we are in mid-May and there is so much happening! Turkey hunting is in full swing, and gobblers are definitely active. The issue is hens, and it is hard to compete with the “real thing,” believe me. Trout fishing, however, is never...


Sportsman’s Corner: Orange Gun Club’s Kids Derby
05-02-2024 3:32 PM

By Mike RocheThe Orange Gun Club is inviting everyone up to age 14 to participate in the club’s annual Kids Fishing Derby. Located off West River Street in Orange, this is the oldest gun club in Massachusetts and they hold an outstanding event for...


Sportsman’s Corner: Quabbin opens this Saturday
04-18-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheQuabbin Reservoir will open for fishing tomorrow, April 20, at 6 a.m. The reservoir is the principal drinking water supply for 3 million of Massachusetts’ 7 million residents. Since 1946, shore fishing has been allowed and since 1952, a...


Sportsman’s Corner: The trout are out
03-28-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheA visit Tuesday morning to the MassWildlife web site revealed that Lake Mattawa was stocked with rainbow trout on March 21. A search for “Massachusetts Trout Stocking” gets you started, and the trout stocking report gives you the ability...


Sportsman’s Corner: The big catch
02-22-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheLast Saturday my brother Chris joined me and a bunch of other folks fishing on White Pond in South Athol, where my wife and I own property. The pond community is close and one of the pond residents has undertaken to put together a day of...


Sportsman’s Corner: On the ice
02-15-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheLast week, this writer finally got to do some ice fishing. Granted, it was an hour or two at a time, but it was quite enjoyable.After visiting Crack of Dawn Bait for some lively shiners, meal worms and spikes (AKA maggots) local ice was...


Sportsman’s Corner: Ice fishing
02-08-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe recent run of colder nights has produced some ice, and fishermen and women have begun doing some ‘hard water’ fishing locally. This writer first ventured out last Friday and found about four inches of ice. That is OK for ice fishing...


Sportsman’s Corner: A place for ice fishermen
01-25-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe passing of Rodney Flagg and the subsequent closure of Flagg’s Tackle on Daniel Shays Highway in Orange left a huge void for local sportsmen and women, particularly those who enjoy ice fishing.The key ingredient to ice fishing is the...


Sportsman’s Corner: Turkey happenings
06-22-2023 4:33 PM

By Mike RocheMassWildlife annually involves the public in gathering data on the turkey population in Massachusetts. Each year, from June 1-Aug. 31, wild turkey reports from members of the public help MassWildlife biologists determine productivity,...


Sportsman’s Corner: Deerfield River browns are wild
06-08-2023 5:02 PM

By Mike RocheYou may remember a reference a few years ago to a brown trout study in the Deerfield River which was chronicled in this space. At the time, MassWildlife biologists were beginning to look at population dynamics of the Deerfield River....


Sportsman’s Corner: Williams/Roche Team wins fishing tournament
04-20-2023 3:28 PM

By Mike RocheThis writer spent the past week in Kansas “visiting my sister” Pat. For years, she has been kind enough to buy me a Kansas hunting license, and so I fly out to hunt turkeys. It has become a very enjoyable getaway. During those years, a...


Sportsman’s Corner: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  
03-16-2023 4:26 PM

By Mike RocheMarch 17 is a day when everyone is Irish and celebrates the Patron Saint of Ireland. A lingering myth is that he drove away the snakes, but in truth he is credited with bringing Christianity to the island.St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated...


The Sportsman’s Corner: Ice fishing blues
01-12-2023 2:35 PM

By Mike RocheThe unseasonably mild January we are either enjoying or cursing has gotten a lot of people’s attention. If you are one of us who is dreading the delivery of heating oil, the warmer-than-normal temperatures are saving us a little money on...

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