Although there were more than 11,000 fewer deer killed this year during Ohio’s weeklong gun season, there’s not much to complain about. After all, a seven-day harvest that numbers more than 75,000 freezer-bound bundles of venison is nothing to sneeze at. Nevertheless, even with liberal bag limits in place for almost all of Ohio, this […]
Good people and good places are the foundation for great memories, and all it takes to remind one of any or all of the three is sometimes as insignificant as a small rock. In this case it is a rock the size of an egg, but flat and polished from years of movement of sea […]
Last week, I wrote about Ralph Kohler, a lifelong waterfowl hunter who continues to host paying guests at his Missouri River pit blinds, something he’s done for 70 years. Arriving each day, groups of Kohler hunters meet well before daylight in a plain Jane, wood floor and make-your-hair stand-up coffee kind of restaurant, in downtown […]
I give thanks for the opportunity to rub elbows with the Ralph Kohlers of the world.
Before leaving for North Dakota to hunt ducks on expansive Devil’s Lake, one of the nation’s premier waterfowl spots, I had wished for low gas prices, good weather, and a few other uncontrollable verbs. What I always dread are statements too often heard such as “you should have been here last week” and “the birds […]
There’s just the slightest hint of light to the east, a promise of coming action. The law says that shooting time is one half hour before published daylight and duck hunters on the whole follow that decree to the minute. Digging in a pocket produced a new watch for a time check. Ducks It would […]
That is, if a picture reminding one of that great memory exists and can be found. Thus, every hunter, angler, hiker, and outdoor enthusiast ought to be armed and somewhat familiar with a decent digital camera. A camera small enough for a handy inside pocket and loaded with an unfilled memory card and fully charged […]
Electronics and technology have changed the way sportsmen do things. Anglers used to find fish by fishing for them. Of course using visible cues at known fish hangouts helped fishermen, in the hunt and so did good old fashion experience. If you caught fish near Smith’s boat dock or the around the rock pile by […]
Mike shares his experience hunting with dogs.
Deer hunting in Ohio draws the most interest from hunters, far exceeding any other hunting activity. While serious deer hunters have been thinking about their favorite pasttime for months, the real thing starts this weekend with the opening of archery season. That means dreams, scouting, shooting practice, gear prep, shopping, and talking about it ends […]
Build it and they will come may have worked like a charm for the big screen dreamer who built a baseball diamond in his cornfield, but that simple statement also proved true for Maggie and Frank Navarrete when they bet their future on a small store filled with top shelf fishing tackle, a few thousand […]
Six outdoor communicators with cameras at work. How fun. Hold this, smile, look at the fish, shake the fin out, hold it up, tip it, and on and on.
A car or truck has a VIN — a Vehicle Identification Number — and a boat must have a HIN, a Hull Identification Number. A HIN is the boat’s serial number which is stamped on a metal tag or otherwise placed indelibly on the rear right (starboard) of the boat. Like a finger print, a […]
With the current interest in Lake Erie yellow perch fishing it seems appropriate to seek answers to the most asked questions. Experienced perch jerker William Hookim will share his thoughts and guidance. Q: When is the best time to go perch fishing on Lake Erie? Morning or evening, spring, summer or fall? Hookim said, “I’ve […]
Yellow perch season starts now. No, there’s nothing official, nothing listed in the regulations books, nothing posted near launch ramps, no opening day or other calendar marks, and no announcements but let world know it is without doubt perch season. Walleye capital Lake Erie may be struggling to produce the catchable numbers of walleyes that […]
The knees ache like thumbs that have met the business end of a hammer. The lower back sends signals to the brain to quit doing whatever it is you’re doing. Baseball and games like that which used to quell the need to compete are fading pastimes. It happens when the age is a number approaching […]
After months of hearing yes, no and maybe from wildlife officials, this year’s deer hunting regs, as well as those for all hunting and trapping seasons, are finally in ink. The new 2013-14 hunting regulation booklets are available in hard copy from license dealers or can be read or printed online at the Ohio Division […]
CAMP PERRY, Ohio — It takes a steady hand, a focused eye and several thousand rounds of practice shooting to get anywhere near the winner’s stand here at Camp Perry, a place and a time each year when and where the world’s top shooters gather to squeeze triggers and share time with friends of like […]
Ohio’s sport fishing records are made to be broken; some sooner, some later, but eventually there’s always a bigger fish waiting to be caught. But bigger fish are just bigger fish unless the angler who catches it knows what he’s got. That’s exactly what happened June 9, when Toledo bow fisher Patrick Johnson arrowed a […]
It’s guys only this week, an annual, time-honored opportunity to be free of time restraints, job demands and other every-day responsibilities. A time to wear the same comfortable clothes all week, eat junk until it comes out both ears, and commit other less mentionable bad habits. The rules are simple and unbreakable. No hats at […]