Sports: Off the Porch

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.


Jul. 04, 2014 @ 10:35 PM

Giving thanks for America’s rich heritage

This week, I’m in Italy. It seems that Beretta has a new shotgun and I’m there to talk to their engineers and shoot it. It occurs to me that I’m a pretty lucky guy to get to fly to Italy to test the latest new shotgun from the oldest firearms manufacturer in the world. 

Jun. 14, 2014 @ 08:57 PM

Having a Father and being a Father, both are blessings

Father’s Day always causes me to spend some time remembering my Daddy, who passed away in January of 1995.

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

It’s clay target time

Summer is here and shooting clay targets is a great way to keep your wingshooting skills sharp.

May. 24, 2014 @ 04:52 PM

Bunduki M’kubwas in Davidson County

It wasn’t a gun from a top of the line maker, but it was a remarkable piece of the gun maker’s art. 

May. 10, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

Confessions of an Outdoor Mama’s Boy

It’s the height of the striper season on the Roanoke River. I fished there this week and I’ve had a ball.

May. 03, 2014 @ 07:58 PM

Big tackle for big fish

My first surf fishing trips to the Outer Banks were a mixed bag. 

Apr. 26, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Creedmoor Cup, Eastern Games come to N.C.

I began my High Power Rifle career at Camp Butner in a Director of Civilian Marksmanship or DCM Service Rifle Clinic. 

Apr. 19, 2014 @ 08:21 PM

Spring is the time for striped bass

Spring is a time when everything in creation gets motivated. 

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 05:03 PM

There’s nothing like friendship

Real friends are better than gold, even if they do have their flaws. 

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 06:55 PM

Two-time Charley on the Roanoke

My back hurt, and I decided to rest it on the front deck of the skiff. My fleece jacket was rolled up and I was using it as a pillow. A cloud was obstructing the sun, and my eyes were comfortably closed. 

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 05:52 PM

Spending some time with a real Texas Cowboy

The building is simple with a hodgepodge of furniture I can tell was pieced together to furnish it. 

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:20 PM

Sometimes less is worth more