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Weekly Outdoors Column Archive for 2002
By: Ron Wilson & Tim Paes

December, 2002

A WEEK OF BIRD HUNTING AND NOT WORKING IS TOUGH TO BEAT!
December 19, 2002.... I took a few days off work last week to do some duck, pheasant and quail hunting. Last Wednesday I hunted in the foothills and never fired a shot. I can't believe how few ducks there have been on the east side of the valley this year! I have only had 3 good shoots.

SECOND HALF DUCK OPENER IS HIT & MISS! 
December 5, 2002.... The second half of the duck opener was good news and bad. Some guys did great with easy early morning limits while the majority of the hunters struggled just to bag a few birds.

November, 2002

WOMEN’S GAME BIRD HERITAGE HUNT TAKES PLACE AT MAPES RANCH 
November 29, 2002....Tonia Snyder of Waterford blasted away as the rooster pheasant folded up in a heap! A day of working my dogs Sierra, a Brittany spaniel, and Max, a Black English Cocker spaniel, had just began.

HUNTING FOR STURGEON IN THE FOG 
November 21, 2002.... I finally got a day away from any commitments and went sturgeon fishing with Ken Moore of Ripon. We were heading for the mothball fleet in the Martinez area. On the way over, Ken informed me that he had a dream that we caught a big striped bass.

Safari Club Youth Pheasant Hunt
November 14, 2002.... The Central Valley Chapter of Safari Club International held there annual junior pheasant hunt at the Mapes Ranch last weekend.

GOOSE HUNTING & GOOD CONVERSATION
November 7, 2002.... The local ducks have been pretty well harvested and those that have survived have gotten smart in a hurry! With this in mind my hunting friends decided to treat me to a little goose hunting Saturday of last week. We now have a large population of home grown Canadian Geese that were born and raised right in the central valley.

October, 2002

POWER AMERICA TOUR COMES TO MODESTO 
October 31, 2002…. I spent last weekend at Bob’s Marine, in Modesto, at the Evinrude Outboards Power America Tour.

AWESOME DUCK OPENER!
October 31, 2002.... Last Saturday, the opening weekend of duck hunting was another successful one for most hunters who had good spots or were lucky enough to get drawn for a reservation on the local refugees. You also had to know what you were doing!

Catfishing Techniques 
October 17, 2002…. I am not sure just how much anyone has studied Catfish habits and what they do, but I know a lot of people that just like to go catch them! 

Fishing for the Big One!
October 10, 2002.... Modesto's Norval Pimentel and I fished the Kelsey Bass Ranch Members Tournament last Saturday. The fishing for us was tough to start with. No worm or senko bites at all. 

Lot's of Hunters and Very Few Deer! 
October 3, 2002....October 3, 2002....My grandson turned 12 this year and got his first deer hunting tags for D-5.He called  last Friday and just had to go hunting on Saturday, opening weekend!. My son Donald and I tried everything to talk him out of it to no avail. Derick just wanted to go.

September, 2002

WHERE ARE THE FISH GODS WHEN YOU NEED THEM!
September 19, 2002.... I spent last week vacationing at Clear Lake with my wife Diana and friend Quen Young, of San Francisco.

EVEN TOUGH DAYS CAN BE ENJOYED
September 12, 2002…. My cousin, Blaine Wilson, and I went to Lake McClure on Monday. We arrived around 8 a.m. 

Chasing Tuna on the Huli Cat
September 5, 2002.... Norval Pimentel and I left Modesto last Monday morning at 12:30 a.m., heading to Princeton Harbor to go Tuna fishing on the Huli Cat Charter boat.

August, 2002

Catching Bass and looking for Doves 
August 29, 2002.... With the past weeks weather being colder than normal followed by a slight warming trend and now cooling off again, you better check to see if the doves you planned on hunting this Sunday are still there. Doves will move to other areas with the slightest weather change.

KOKE'S ON SATURDAY & A BASS CATCHING FIX ON SUNDAY
August 22, 2002.... Bruce Hamby, owner of Sierra Sportfishing Guide Service, and I fished the 1st Annual Pardee II Project Kokanee Fun Derby last Saturday.

CSBA HOOKS ANOTHER ONE! 
August 15, 2002….
I attended the monthly meeting of the Modesto Chapter of the California Striped Bass Association (CSBA) last week. Fishing and hunting talk was going on, where the fish were biting, prospects of upcoming hunts, etc. 

BY A WING & A PRAYER 
August 8, 2002
....Church service on a Saturday with a preacher saying, "Thou shall kill" (ducks that is).

A WEEKEND OF FISHING NOT CATCHING
Aug 1, 2002....
Last week I spent the most miserable fishing vacation one could have. The fishing was Ok it was the catching that was lacking.

July, 2002

AN AFTERNOON AT KELSEY BASS RANCH 
July 25, 2002.
...After two weeks of working on the website, it was time for a little R & R. Sunday afternoon I hooked up my Stratos bass boat and headed for Snelling, CA

Welcome to Valley Outdoorsmen 
July 18, 2002....This is my 1st official article as a partner in valleyoutdoorsmen.com. On this page Tim Paes and I will do our best to have informative stories on up to date hunting and fishing adventures. We hope that you will enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy going out and experiencing our great outdoors for your enjoyment!

Fishing with Downriggers 
July 11, 2002....Over the years I have learned a few things about downriggers, manual (hand-operated) and electric with brand names of Scotty's, Penn and Cannon. I have also learned the differences in the fishing line to be used on them at different times.

June, 2002

His first trout was a beauty
Luis Chan reeled and reeled as he fought the first trout he had ever tried to catch. When he finally got the fish to the boat, it was a beauty, in the 5-pound class. Luis sat down and exclaimed, "Boy, that's a lot of reeling!"

Be patient with your bait 
Got a bait that just doesn't work for you? You don't like the smell of the bait? It looks funny so you don't use it? Maybe you didn't use it at the right time or fish it the right way!

CHASING TROUT & SALMON ALL OVER THE VALLEY
For the last few weeks, guide Bruce Hamby of Ripon and I have fished several lakes looking for good-size trout and salmon. We've tried New Melones, Don Pedro, McClure, Pine Flat and Camanche. Shasta will be our next adventure, at the end of May.

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