Sports: Columns

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 11:55 PM

Ask a Ranger: What do you know about snow?

With snow heavy on our minds — and streets and trees — I thought I would write about this lovely form of precipitation.

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 11:53 PM

N.C. team claims annual border battle

If you competed in last weekend’s sixth annual Ice Bowl catfish tournament on Kerr Lake, my hats are off to you.

Jan. 25, 2014 @ 11:55 PM

Making sense of this erratic weather

After killing the squirrel that ran out of the first nest I shook last weekend it was looking like I might be able to get a few more. Then I spent four hours and walked a few miles without so much as a glimpse of another one.

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 08:28 PM

New fishing season means more multitasking

I have a lot going on already despite planning to slow down a little this year so I can focus on fewer but larger tournaments and to try not to overload myself with commitments.

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 07:19 PM

What a difference a week makes

In less than one week I went from catching 2 to 4 pound bass on Lake Okeechobee in Florida while wearing sandals, shorts and a T-shirt, to thawing out a frozen water line while wearing insulated coveralls, a toboggan and heavy gloves. If only time could stand still.

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 07:18 PM

What is the theme for our state parks this year?

Ask a Ranger.

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 10:53 PM

Reflecting on continued blessings

Sitting here this Christmas morning awaiting my grandson and namesake John II awakening to find his delivery from the North Pole, I am reflecting back on a year of continued blessings for the Bowen family.

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

Tuning up for Christmas road trip

It was nice to get in a couple of hours of bass fishing on Belews Creek Lake near Stokesdale this week.

Dec. 14, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

Looking forward to warm weather and bass fishing

I sure am missing bass fishing. It just hasn’t worked out recently for me to do any.

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Patience needed for hunting elusive game bird

At first it was hard to come up with something to write about in this week’s column, especially since I haven’t been fishing in a couple of weeks.