Stories by Mike Tontimonia

About Mike

Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer, and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.

It’s bow season: Let the hunting tales begin

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It’s bow season, a time of year that brings out the most interesting use of the English language. A time when what is said is not exactly the truth or for that matter, anywhere near it. Never the less, out of sense of honor and understanding, we all nod yes as if we understand and […]

Be prepared: Applying Boy Scout’s motto to travel

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Preparing for a hunting adventure can be as enjoyable and challenging as the trip itself. A great friend and I are heading to Manitoba, Canada soon for several days of duck hunting, and we are already worried about packing all the things we may need and making sure everything is ship shape to avoid problems […]

Retiring journalist’s compilation of outdoor columns is worth your time

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Good writing deserves good reading and not just one time through, but time after time. That’s the best way to describe a recent release by Steve Pollick, the soon to “hang it up” outdoor editor for the Toledo Blade. Pollick has been reporting the outdoor beat for 30 years and, according to him, “It’s time.” […]

On the Outdoors: Remember, safety is first when it comes to hunter’s tree stands

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tree stand safety can’t be stressed enough. Several online sources offer suggestions, so do instructions and disclaimers that come with every new climber, ladder stand, and strap-on stand.

On the Outdoors: Outdoorsmen setting standard in community service

Thursday, September 8, 2011

While touring the Portage County Randolph Fair, I spotted avid Suffield, Ohio outdoorsman Al Kisamore in the hog auction audience. He was representing the Ohio Fur Takers club, an active conservation-minded group that each puts its money where a needy mouth is.

Lake Temagami– and lessons to learn on it

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TEMAGAMI, Ontario — Known far and wide as a significant site for trophy lake trout, Lake Temagami is good, but not the big fish producer it was at one time. But it is far from fished out, a fact that is proven almost daily by Wayne Yarrow, a year-round island resident and highly skilled fisherman. […]

Give crate training a try, for dogs in your life

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Have crate, will travel. The crate is for Fido, a place for him to relax and feel safe, while you, the dog’s owner, travel. Crate? Travel means to crank up Bessie and head for the store, go to work, or out for the evening. Why a crate, cage, wire pen, call it what you will? […]

Waterfowl hunting at Magee Marsh off limits during restoration project

Thursday, July 21, 2011

With application deadline for once-a-year special hunts in select Ohio state-managed and -owned lands fast approaching, waterfowl hunters may be wondering why always popular Magee Marsh is not on the list.

Record longnose gar caught in Summit Co. by bow fisherman

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Picture this: You are wading, or perhaps tubing with toes wiggling in the water below — chatting with friends and enjoying a carefree spring evening and looking forward to the even warmer summer weather while nearby a monster-like fish lurks in the shallows, a scary-looking creature that lives a secret life in its watery home […]

Fishing for Yellow Perch means an interesting day at Lake Erie

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A couple declarations are in order. Bouncing waves, a warm summer day, and fast fishing action makes for a grade “A” Father’s Day activity. Conneaut, Ohio is without challenge, the absolute runaway capital of perch fishing. And anglers who cheer for the catch and release crowd are missing some of the finest eating anytime and […]

Wild areas are more vital to future than oil wells

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I’ve camped, hunted and fished in some of the country’s finest wild areas. Chasing caribou across the endless nothing of the Alaskan tundra was nothing short of a great outdoor experience, a time of isolation and a blanket of quiet that takes one a couple days to adjust to. Something most of us can’t imagine […]

Hunters: prepare now for upcoming season

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It’s hardly real summer yet but hunters should be thinking about the upcoming seasons and the special hunting opportunities they might like to experience. Ohio’s controlled hunt lottery is now accepting applications for several once-a-year opportunities, many of which offer unique hunting experiences. July 31 is the last day for applications with most hunters applying […]

Success with striped bass can vary

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Click here to see the author’s first column on this topic. The ink wasn’t dry on a story I wrote recently, a piece I called a success story due to the fact that various actions brought back a severely crippled Atlantic striped bass fishery, when my email lit up with suggestions that I ought to […]

On the outdoors: Striped bass bounces back from brink of extinction

Thursday, May 26, 2011

When the water warms, the big stripers return to the Chesapeake Bay to spawn. A limited number of giants are taken there each spring. This one weighed in the mid-thirties. It’s a better comeback story than Rocky Balboa’s and while it’s not a hit at the box office, the return to glory for east coast […]

If it’s not the rain, it’s the mice

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Talking recently to an area trapper and avid collector of mouse traps, yes mouse traps, I came to think about famous mice I’ve been associated with. The first is not one mouse but a herd of the little fellows that might have been related, at least that’s my guess since they seemed bent on following […]

Program seeks hunters willing to donate venison to feed the hungry

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ohio hunters fed a lot of people in recent months by participating in the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program. From last winter’s deer harvest Ohio hunters donated more than 125,150 pounds of venison, tasty and nutritious meat that provided the main course at food banks for over a half million meals. What a […]

Love-struck turkeys throw caution to the wind

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring turkey season is nothing short of a hoot. A hoot that contains within it’s owl-like sound, a haunting, shadowy-like mix of gravel on one end and trumpet on the other, as well as the asking of a question. Indeed a fake owl hoot, one done in rhythm and done in the very first light […]

Memorable hunt taught me how to pack

Thursday, April 28, 2011

One of my fondest memories happened over 20 years ago when several friends banded together to hunt caribou on the wild, Alaska tundra. It was the first opportunity any of had to pack for a week-long, fly-in hunting trip, a drop camp in the wilderness, a test of outdoor skills, and the first time we […]

Eastern Sports, Outdoor Show is bliss

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by and addicted to sport shows, those late winter places where outfitters, vacation destinations, travel deals and every new gadget and piece of gear is displayed and explained. Places where impulse buyers get their kicks (Yes, I came home with a new duck call and may have wanted one more […]

You can’t just uncover the boat and head out onto the lake!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Smart anglers and other boat owners need to spend a Saturday afternoon getting boat, motor, and trailer ready for the first half of the fishing and boating season.

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