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Outdoors

  • Blue Springs re-opens

    By Deborah Goad

    Contributing Writer

    After months of renovation work, Blue Springs in Bronson is once again open for swimming and picnicking.

    Ten pavilions, numerous new concrete tables and benches and freshly painted restrooms with newly built changing rooms and a paved parking lot have all been added to enhance Blue Springs Park.

  • Take a trip back in time this hunting season

    By Tony Young

    Muzzleloading guns are a part of American history. Throughout my schooling, I learned about their use in the Revolutionary and Civil wars and as survival tools for early settlers. But it was my favorite high school history teacher who gave me my first hands-on experience with an ol’ smoke pole. He had a tradition when every year he would pick two students to shoot his muzzleloading rifle outside his classroom, and I was fortunate enough to be one of them.

  • Maguire keeps stock car racing’s heyday alive

     By Sean Arnold

    Walking into Rick Maguire’s office at Maguire’s Auto Repair in Williston feels a little bit like visiting a wing of a Florida stock car racing museum.

    Among a strew of typical auto shop items, there are framed photos of renowned drivers, like Bobby Allison, as well as a personal collection of photos documenting Maguire’s and his late father’s racing past.

  • Scallop season starts this Saturday

    Get your bay scallop bags and shucking tools ready. The recreational bay scallop season opens in some Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) starting June 28, three days earlier than the season was slated to start. The portion of Gulf state waters is from the Pasco-Hernando county line north and west to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

    The season will remain open through Sept. 24, with the first day of the closure on Sept. 25.

  • Wild Hog race set for April 26

     

  • Cooler air brings more bites

     By Capt. Brylee

  • Boating safety should be a priority

     By Capt. BryLee

  • Scallops up and down the coast

     By Capt. Brylee

  • Gulf waters are lively

    By Capt. Brylee
    Special to the Pioneer
    Anglers have been doing very well both inshore and offshore over the past few weeks. The afternoon thunder storms have forced many trips to be limited to half day outings but the fish are there. Red and gag grouper are being caught in as little as 28 feet depths.
    Capt. John Blouse reported doing very well around 42-44 feet, catching on one outing 15 keepers and not even reaching 50 feet in depth. The red grouper hit a little better than the gag in these depths but both were hitting.

  • Groupers, snappers and scallops, oh my

    Captain Blythe

    Special to the Pioneer

    Gag grouper, red snapper and scalloping seasons are in full swing. The weather has not been the anglers’ friend in these first few weeks. Heavy rains and high winds have plagued the gulf waters since the last week of June.