Stories by Mike Tontimonia

Lake Erie’s thinning walleye population troubling

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The coming summer’s Lake Erie rod and reel fishing forecast may be even less enthusiastic than those of recent years. At least the numbers point in that direction. Ohio’s Division of Wildlife test nettings aren’t encouraging. Let’s start with walleyes, the number one draw for the big lake, which may still be considered the walleye […]

Undercover poacher was dedicated to his job, and the hunting sport

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Outdoor enthusiasts are the most law abiding group ever created. Hunters follow daily limits, time charts, and a host of regulations as if there were someone looking over their should every minute when in fact, there is practically no one checking. Fishermen and trappers are cast from the same mold, policing themselves as well as […]

Hitting a deer may be easier than hunting one

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ever wonder just how many deer-vehicle collisions occur every year? According to numbers crunched by State Farm Insurance and reports published by the Outdoor Hub New service, well over 1 million crashes occur each year nationally with over 50 percent of them in just 10 states. And yes, Ohio ranks right near the top, with […]

Buckeye State is top 10 destination for nation’s whitetail deer hunters

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ohio’s woodlots are full of deer hunters this week, as over 400,000 orange-clad Ohio residents and non-residents chase whitetail deer, easily the nation’s most popular game animal. Is this a big deal or what? You betcha, say economic bean counters who claim that each fall deer hunters drop over $800 million on gear, food, shelter, […]

Hunters take note, EHD affecting deer population

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Opening day for Ohio deer hunters is Monday, but for some, especially those used to seeing several deer by noon, it may be slim pickings. Yes, the deer herd in some areas of Ohio has been noticeably affected by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a cruel and quick deer killer born by tiny midges, which most typically […]

Outdoorsman essentials make the best holiday gifts

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It’s gift buying time. Like, hate it, or anything in between, it is time for Santa to emerge and do the deed. I’ve assembled a few of my favorite pieces of gear, things that make outdoor pursuits more enjoyable, comfortable and successful. Binoculars are like good gloves. Hunting without binoculars is like bowling with a […]

Neither drop camps or guided hunts can promise results

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I get an armload of questions about long distance big game hunts, namely hunting trips for elk, antelope and bear. Most questions concern the choice between outfitted and guided hunts. Just a few weeks back, I was part of a four-man group that hunted elk in south western Colorado. We used an outfitter based on […]

Luck and hunting skills made elk hunt successful

Thursday, November 1, 2012

GUNNISON Colo. — Luck trumps skills every time and, yes, getting an eyeful of elk, a bull at that, and in reasonable shooting range, involves a basket full a good old- fashioned luck. A beauty There he was, a decent bull at about 200 yards, a slam dunk if ever there was one. I belly […]

More than just elk live in the Rocky Mountains

Thursday, October 25, 2012

GUNNISON, Colo. — A group of four friends are here to live a dream — to hunt Rocky Mountain elk, the most coveted of all lower 48 big game. But given that, there are more critters involved in this play than elk. Take the golden eagle that winged up from a nearby kill to create […]

Memories frozen in pictures

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Time flies, it really does. Pictures don’t. Pictures freeze time, age, and reality. Such is the case of the pencil image that I’ve used for decades. That one. Yes, that timeless image that leads this column, a snap shot turned classy by the hand of an artist, of a much younger me. I don’t know […]

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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.