Stories by Mike Tontimonia

Polar vortex, 1; not-to-be-intimidated hunters, 0

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Can you spell Polar? Now add the word Vortex to it and you have Polar Vortex, something unheard of before recent extra cold weather driven by hard winds from the northern Arctic’s open-door freezer was given the tag.

New survey gives more accurate view of Lake Erie fish populations

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lake Erie’s walleye —easily one of the wonders of the fishing world and the only fish known to fall from the sky on New Year’s Eve in a western Ohio coastline city that claims to be the Walleye Capital of the World — is simply not what it once was.

Work is reward for full-time Colorado outfitter

Thursday, November 6, 2014

“Don’t let your son grow up to be a cowboy,” may be wishful lyrics to a three-cord country song, and it may be a string of notes that Jon Sund’s parents danced to. But in the end, that’s exactly what Sund grew up to be, and he couldn’t be happier.

Hunting trips can supply a wealth of wild critters

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hunting trips are always focused on a single animal, species, or trophy but there are often more wild critters, some small, some big, if one looks beyond the prey.

Changes to Ohio’s antlerless deer permits

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Deer permits mean different things, in different counties.

As deer season approaches, time to look at numbers

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Even if you don’t hunt, Ohioans have a good chance of getting, or “hitting” a deer.

One for the record books: Best bucks in Ohio

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ohio deer season, the time of year that every serious hunter awaits with baited breath — whatever that is.

A sinking boat can happen to anyone, anytime

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It isn’t hard to sink a fishing craft or recreational boat. In fact, sometimes it takes no effort at all.

Pheasant hunting numbers down in South Dakota

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There is good news and bad news coming out of South Dakota, the nation’s honey hole for pheasant hunting.

Attention: Pistol packing women fashion show planned in September

Thursday, September 4, 2014

With an increasing growing number of females choosing to carry a handgun for personal and family safety it was only a matter of time until someone recognized the need for specially designed women’s clothing to comfortably conceal and a weapon.

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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.