Stories by Mike Tontimonia

Officials report Ohio’s black bears are here to stay

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sightings in 2014 involved 88 individual black bears, up from 74 in 2013.

Favorite pastime: Past presidents liked to hunt

Thursday, April 2, 2015

George Washington was just one of several U.S. presidents who found hunting a favorite pastime.

Crappie are out there and ready to bite, just keep lookin’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Get ready for Crappie season with this insider’s advice.

Pulling wire line with an old-school master

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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.

Finding scores of shark teeth at Venice

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Venice Island, Florida. According to learned geologists and knowledgeable archeologists, this year-around summer state was once nothing at all.

Ithaca Gun Company is still all-American made

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dad never hunted, never wanted to, and never would try it. But he encouraged me to hunt, if I enjoyed it.

Your Canadian fishing vacation by the numbers

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yes, a trip to Canada trip cost money, gasoline is more expensive than here, and yada, yada, yada. But really, a gallon is bigger there and a mile is a kilo — or is it?

Before venturing ice fishing, how safe’s the ice?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The question smart fishermen ask about lake ice being safe or not has no definitive answer.

Getting prepared for the next Preppers Ball

Thursday, February 12, 2015

You won’t find the word “preppers” in Webster’s. In fact, it may not be a real word.

Good hunting through end of February

Thursday, February 5, 2015

From coyotes to antler sheds, February brings more opportunity.

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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.