Stories by Mike Tontimonia

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 […]

On the Outdoors: Enjoy bow season and follow the rules

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Overall, archers accounted for 35 percent of 239,475 deer taken during Ohio’s combined 2010-11 archery, muzzleloader and gun seasons. According to Division of Wildlife, Licking County led the state in archery harvest. Now add Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Ashtabula and Holmes to see the top counties.

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 […]


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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.