george devilbiss

Winter weather pattern brings on the ice fishing

So far this winter, we’ve had it pretty easy. There have been a lot more blue skies than there has been adverse weather. Chilly? It has been that, but the lack of rainfall in t ...

Salmon river run small again this year

Despite hopes of a return to normal salmon quantities, counts at the Nimbus hatchery and all hatcheries that feed salmon to the Sacramento River, are dismally low. It is feared th ...

Showtime again for outdoor enthusiasts

The International Sportsmen’s Expo, held annually at Sacramento’s Cal Expo fairgrounds, comes at just the right time of year. It’s a time when just about every outdoors-orien ...

Storms arrive just in time for waterfowl hunters

The storm doors have finally opened and while the rains and snows that have hit so far hardly put a dent in what’s needed, at least it’s a start. Waterfowl Hunting There’s ...

More than one way to catch your turkey

After last week’s column announcing the opening of some bird seasons, including turkeys, along with some hints and tips about hunting methods, one reader was quick to inform me t ...

Hunting season set to open for three types of birds

Saturday is a big day for bird hunters as it is opening day for three bird seasons. Pheasant: Long cherished by hunters, the hunting season for these Chinese imports will find h ...

Balance of state waterfowl season to open

The far, northern reaches of California – Northeastern Zone – opened for waterfowl hunting on October 10, the second Saturday of the month. While some local, truly die-hard wat ...

Early winter, maybe, but fishing result are great now

Some weather prognosticators are saying it’s going to be a dry winter for Northern California. If the last couple of storms are any indication of the future, that might not be tr ...

Get lost in the woods? Here's how to stay safe until "found"

Every year it happens. A large search party gets launched to search for a hunter that crossed a ridge, lost his orientation, and can’t figure out where he is. Many of the state ...

Is using a guide ever worth the expense?

Hunters, especially those headed to areas outside of California, commonly utilize the services of guides. The reasons are simple: they have knowledge of the area, they’re familia ...