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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: Antlerless permit deadline is July 16
06-27-2024 2:27 PM

By Mike RocheLocal observations seem to indicate that locally, whitetail numbers are good. Does are dropping fawns and again remind you to leave young wildlife where you find it. Whitetail does leave fawns unattended for long periods of time while...


Sportsman’s Corner: Mahar Fish’N Game Club Trap Shoot
05-23-2024 4:21 PM

By Mike RocheThis past week, the tradition of the Mahar Fish’N Game Club Trap Shoot continued with the help and support of the Orange Gun Club. Since the club was founded in 1957, members have held a trap shooting competition. While there were a few...


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: The quest for the Super Slam
05-09-2024 5:12 PM

By Mike RocheIt is the middle of turkey season and for some, the pursuit of wild turkeys becomes much more than a casual hunting activity. If this writer were honest, he would look at the impact of chasing gobblers and realize that my first turkey – a...


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: Missouri gobbler
04-25-2024 3:23 PM

By Mike RocheLast week was my first ever turkey hunt in Missouri. After over a decade of flying out to Kansas and hunting turkeys in that state, things changed. In response to significant declines in turkey numbers in the Sunflower State, the Kansas...


Sportsman’s Corner: Turkey time
04-11-2024 5:01 PM

By Mike RocheEach April for many years, this writer has traveled to Kansas to “visit my sister.” The annual trip began when she offered to buy my hunting license if I went to visit and that visit became an annual rite of spring.Over the years, contact...


Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-07-2024 5:00 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE-For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet on March 23, held at the...


Sportsman’s Corner: Early trout stocking?
03-07-2024 4:52 PM

By Mike RocheThis spring, people have been buzzing about how early things are happening in the natural world. Ice out on local lakes and ponds happened earlier than anyone can remember. Some ponds went from 5-6 inches of ice to ice out in less than a...


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: Cape sea duck caper
01-18-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheOne of the really unique hunting experiences in Massachusetts is hunting for sea ducks. It is special because it is not something which can be undertaken without considerable investment in specialized equipment, and it involves a...


Sportsman’s Corner: All deer sightings special
11-30-2023 5:29 PM

By MIKE ROCHE

Every deer hunter has listened to and told deer stories because that is a big part of the culture that appreciates every aspect of the pursuit of the whitetail deer. The more years one has spent trying to outsmart big bucks the more stories...


Sportsman’s Corner: Shotgun deer season opens Monday
11-24-2023 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe shotgun deer hunting season in Massachusetts opens Monday. Last year, shotgun hunters during the two-week season took 5,823 deer. That compares to the archery total of 6,543 and the primitive arms total of 3,366. The bow season...


New State Police unit to shape hate crimes response
11-22-2023 5:01 PM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON — A new State Police unit will work with other law enforcement agencies and community partners as Gov. Maura Healey’s administration looks to bolster strategies for addressing hate-based incidents tied to race, ethnicity and religion, among...


Sportsman’s Corner: Headed up north
11-16-2023 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheBack in the 60s, during my impressionable youth, the second week of November was a very special time. It was not only special to me, but to many other young men at Mahar Regional who knew that this was the start of deer hunting season in...


Sportsman’s Corner: A bright idea
11-02-2023 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheRecent conversations with fellow sportsmen convinced me that we all have at least one thing in common. That is the fact that we all have at least one “dead” Maglite. We also prefer the Maglite flashlights, from the Mini Maglite that takes...


Sportsman’s Corner: New Hampshire experience
10-19-2023 4:00 PM

By Mike RocheThis past weekend found me once again traveling up Interstate 91, this time to New Hampshire.My destination was the Haverhill/Woodsville area. It had been over 50 years since my boots tramped about in that part of New Hampshire. During my...


Sportsman’s Corner: A trip to Vermont
10-12-2023 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheEarlier this week the dogs joined me in the Silverado on a long trek up through New Hampshire and ultimately to Jay, Vermont. The plan was to check out a couple of covers in New Hampshire and then spend the night in Jay at the home of a...

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