Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy New Year, the day when most Ohio deer hunters resolve to kill a giant, a whitetail buck that merits a spot in the Ohio record book.

It’s show time! Starting soon, Cleveland’s IX Center will be stuffed with boats and bucks as the annual Mid-American Boat Show and the Outdoor Adventure Show open under the same roof.

Separating the sportsman's needs from wants.

Harvest numbers for the heavily anticipated day, which is typically the best day of the weeklong season, was just 17,500, down nearly 23 percent from 2013 when hunters tagged 22,619 deer.

With Ohio deer hunters tagging tens of thousands of deer this week comes the promise of countless venison meals in the coming months.

The following is from notes scribbled recently concerning a road trip to Devils Lake, North Dakota.

The duck hunters awoke to limited visibility as the snow flew hard in horizontal sheets. A painful wind pushed the feel-factor far into the sup-zero, frostbite region. Our determination to complete our week-long mission blew away with the 30 knot winds.

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.

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.
hunting party

“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.