Sports: Off the Porch

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Gun ownership more than doubles in US

From a recent US Department of Justice report:
There were 11,101 firearm homicides in 2011, down by 39% from a high of 18,253 in 1993.
Nonfatal firearm-related violent victimizations against persons age 12 or older declined 70%, from 1.5 million in 1993 to 600,000 through 2011.
While the number of firearm crimes declined over time, the percentage of all violence that involved a firearm only showed a small reduction. In 1993, 9% of all violence was committed with a firearm, compared to 8% in 2011.

Nov. 15, 2014 @ 12:58 AM

Memories are better in retrospect

I rarely see a deer that I’m not amazed I didn’t see earlier. 

Nov. 08, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Jersey boys dominate surf fishing tourney

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are known for great fishing and beautiful beaches.

Nov. 01, 2014 @ 12:07 AM

Life on Island Time

Seventeen years ago, about this time of year, I introduced my date to surf fishing at night. 

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

Managing the trigger

One of the best things about my life is how I’ve cultivated so many great friends.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

Daddy liked spring best

Spring was always Daddy’s favorite time of year, but fall is the time I miss him most. 

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

Living life as a grasshopper

As a child, I was exposed to the story of the ant and the grasshopper.

Sep. 13, 2014 @ 05:54 PM

A dog on the bed, over the fireplace

When we bought the picture, there was a bit of controversy.

Aug. 30, 2014 @ 03:05 AM

Greensboro Coliseum set to host gun show

My adopted son, Chris Cerino is a big boy. He’s brave, having served as a Law Enforcement Officer most of his adult life, including a stint as a Federal Air Marshal. He’s one of the best shooters I know and yet, I could tell he was a bit nervous at the prospect of pulling the trigger on my Whitworth Mauser rifle.

Aug. 23, 2014 @ 01:50 AM

Paddling and mining in the Carolina Mountains

One of the advantages of getting older and greyer, besides cheap coffee, is spending time with grandkids. 

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 11:22 PM

Local junior Rifleman makes top 20

Mr. Jim Carmichael, arguably one of the most influential gun writers in the last century, once said the “across the course” high power rifleman is the king of all riflemen.

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

Did you hear the one about pistols and snakes?

Cyril Yokley didn’t have the look of a typical outdoorsman. He was short, balding, and somewhat portly.

Jul. 27, 2014 @ 07:34 PM

Building character through competitive shooting

My first official clay target shoot was in the 70s at the Tarheel Gun Club in Advance. I managed to hit 38 of 50 skeet and was pretty proud of my accomplishment.

Jul. 19, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

Cancer fails to keep Mikulaninec from shooting

In 2008, Mike Mikulaninec learned he had a persistent strain of cancer in his bladder.

Jul. 12, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

Virginia Creeper trail offers biking fun

We were about eight miles down the trail and I remembered the spot.