Stories by Mike Tontimonia

Attention all anglers, it’s crappie season

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Joe Kaczmarczk turned slightly, hiding his hands, size six fish hook, an unfortunate fat head minnow, a carefully-selected specimen netted from a nearby minnow bucket. It was one of those secret moments that top fishermen enjoy best, a chance to do something very effective and known only to the secretive one. Secret Kaczmarczk, better recognized […]

Ohio’s walleye population takes work, and luck

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March Madness may be played on the hardwood and shot through hoops by tall kids ranked by brackets, but there is another bunch of March foolery going on right now under the surface of many area lakes. Indeed, the area’s female walleyes are just about ready to deposit their eggs in hopes that a male […]

Chow time: The two-sided issue of what fish to eat

Thursday, March 15, 2012

On one hand, eating at least two meals of fish every week is a good thing. Fish is a healthy choice and a smart choice. In fact, this hand claims that the fish you eat are chuck full of minerals, vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acids, all good stuff and may even make one smarter. Of […]

Can the bobwhite quail come back to Ohio’s fields?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rebuilding habitat may be the key to bringing the bobwhite quail back to Ohio.

Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo coming to Columbus

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The upcoming Ohio Deer and Turkey Expo, one of Ohio’s top outdoor shows, has a new owner and name. Yes, sport shows are owned and produced by private, for-profit companies that specialize in large scale events or who contract with companies to put the shows together. Turkey Expos The Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Deer […]

My travels have been full of Kodak moments, but you can’t keep all those slides

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Culling my photos from 35 years of outdoor hunting and travel ain’t easy. But I have to face the inevitable. Stuff (all those slides) has to go.

Proposals for Ohio hunting seasons announced

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ohio’s Wildlife Council, a group representing multiple stake holders regarding hunting and fishing regulations, seasons, and laws, is considering changes for 2012-2013 as proposed by the Division of Wildlife. It appears that for the most part, game management officials have a pretty good handle on game and fish harvest goals and success at achieving them. […]

Reports of increase in fur prices are encouraging

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Area trappers may be looking at a decent paycheck for a change. It’s been several years since raw fur prices have rewarded those dedicated outdoorsmen who work the steel for anything other than the sheer joy of being out there, but reports of rising prices are encouraging.

Fishing technology specialist and walleye pro to hold workshop in Ohio

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Past Michigan walleye pro and now full-time walleye fishing educator Lance Valentine is coming to Ohio and calling class to order next weekend. His class, titled Walleye Fishing 101, will be offered Feb. 4 at Ravenna Marine.

A tale of three hunters and their owner

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Meet four kindred spirits: Georgia, Gabby, Ike and Rick. Georgia is five years young, spunky and quick, friendly one minute, aloof the next, a mirror image of her daughter Gabby, a mouthy squirt with a competitive drive that pops up every time the going gets tough. Ike, on the other hand, is a more laid […]

Wildlife/outdoors groups to avoid, and to support

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Twelve names to remember when it comes to those who would rather all hunting, trapping and for that matter, sound wildlife management strategies, be stopped, include the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Gray wolves are no longer endangered species in the Great Lakes region

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Give a standing ovation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a recent decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the western Great Lakes region.

That wonderful time of year: outdoor sports show season

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It’s show time, a sure sign that winter is on the slide, daylight is returning, and a new year of outdoor sports will emerge from its snow covered den eventually.

On the Outdoors: Gift suggestions for the outdoor enthusiast on your Christmas list

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Every outdoor enthusiast needs more stuff. And that in itself is enough to make shopping for that special, although often absent, sportsman or woman easy. But it’s not because he or she already has everything, or at least it seems so. So let’s go shopping.

Pheasant quest is more about hunt than harvest

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Redfield, South Dakota. Even when it’s bad it’s good. That’s the best way to describe South Dakota pheasant hunting this fall following a devastating winter and equally destructive spring. Pheasants are just big birds and, like the birds at your feeder, they can fall victim to severe winter weather that prevents them from finding food […]

Ohio’s archery season numbers mean plenty deer still out there

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

At the end of six weeks of archery season, which opened Sept. 24, 2011, Licking County held the lead for kill numbers with 1,836 deer tagged.

Running of the does is a sight for hunters to see

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The running of the bulls is an international spectacle but no more popular to deer hunters than this week’s running of the does, an annual ritual that marks the height of the early November whitetail rut. Indeed every whitetail buck of breeding age is chasing does 24 hours a day in an attempt to complete […]

On the Outdoors: Finding out the hard way the truth about ducks

Thursday, November 3, 2011

No harvested grain fields, no crummy weather, and even worse, no ducks. Yeh, I know, we should have called first.

On the Outdoors: Hunting plans go awry with unexpected obstacles

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Every road trip begins with enthusiasm and promise. A good friend and I had planned this outing for months and we anticipated some great waterfowl hunting.

If hunting AEP property, get permission first

Thursday, October 20, 2011

From the Division of Wildlife comes a warning for hunters who frequent the rugged southeast Ohio terrain belonging to the American Electric Power Company. While approximately 90,000 acres of land are currently open to sportsmen, not all AEP properties are open to the public, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, adding that hunters need […]


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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.