I have to confess that I was a little dismayed when I began to edit Capt. Ralph’s column last week and realized he was telling people what a g…

It’s been a long, hot summer. But now that we’ve had two pretty good cold fronts back to back, we can probably call it over (and thankfully, i…

This time of year is exciting for me because I like to hunt and my friends will usually ask me to cook some of their game. I always enjoy cook…

One of my favorite lakes to bass fish is Lake Okeechobee. If you can get down there when the bite is on, you can find yourself with a bunch of…

Water managers are going to be being forced to dump billions of gallons of Lake Okeechobee water out the Caloosahatchee River any day. The lak…

Fishing in Southwest Florida is a treat for many reasons. The sheer variety of fish that can be caught keeps most folks’ interest as they wond…

Good news for local hunters and anglers in my email inbox this week:

In my quest to find natural areas where we can take groups to safely enjoy the plants and animals, I had overlooked Blind Pass Beach Park (Mid…

I usually have no problem writing my traditional Thanksgiving column about gratitude. This year, it’s a little tough. We’ve all seen some roug…

You have heard about all the issues we have had with our coach. There are still two small problems outstanding, but I think the kinks are abou…

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(Originally published March 2013) — Would someone please call South Carolina and tell them to stop running over our turtles? Clemson Universit…

I’ve probably been boring you all with all of these columns about the different types of firearms and cartridges and all that blah blah blah. …

Think about your favorite fish to catch. Any species at all, from snook to tiger sharks. Now, what does that fish eat? I didn’t ask what you u…

We really do have a lot for which to be thankful here in Southwest Florida: Our weather is nice, our community is pleasant, and this is a grea…

If my calculations are correct, this column will be coming out on Nov. 26, so let me wish you a happy Thanksgiving. By now, you have obviously…

The Venice Area Birding Association (VABA) has a few leaders who have scheduled some simple trips this fall. Many of us are going a bit stir-c…

Talk about a lesson learned. I competed in our makeup tournament for the FLW Toyota Series the first weekend of November. That was an epic edu…

As we move slowly but inevitably into our winter fishing pattern, there are a number of factors to consider in trying to locate your favorite …

Fall is in the air and the fish are biting everywhere. The autumn months make fishing difficult for me, not because the fishing is slow (it’s …

Who got you started fishing? For most anglers, it was their dad or grandpa. But for me, it was my grandmother. I always thought it was a littl…

A while back, I got a call from my lawnmower man. He told me there was a colony of bees that had started building a hive on my soffit. He said…