Western packers (wranglers and cowboys who move gear on the backs of sturdy animals) love a good mule and it’s easy to see why. A creation of planned outcross breeding, a mule is the result of crossing a mare and a donkey; and a mule, typically anyways, is a fine beast of burden indeed. Mules […]
In the distant past, hunters could be blamed for discouraging new hunters or at least failing to encourage participation, reasoning that more people in the field meant more competition and less personal opportunity. The same can be said for tradesmen who did little for years to encourage newcomers to the trades, fearing that more workers […]
Ohio anglers have plenty of opportunities to become record holders if catching the largest specimen of one of the 47 types of fish recorded by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, an organization of outdoor communicators in charge of the record book, is their mission. All it takes is fishing skill, determination, focus, an investment of […]
PORT CLINTON, Ohio — In a soldier’s trained hands an automatic weapon looks right. It is powerful, fast, and reliable. But in my hands, those assemblies of mostly thumbs, the AR felt every bit as heavy as a lead pipe and as foreign as a lion in a petting zoo. Levers here, switches there, adjustable […]
A spelling bee contestant would probably spell Ashtabula with a capital A, but it might make more sense to start the name of Lake Erie’s top summer walleye fishing spot with a capital H, maybe even three capital H’s as in Hot, Hot, Hot. Ahead of schedule Indeed, walleye fishing success in the deep central […]
ABOVE: Columnist Mike Tontimonia’s grandson Ian Frame won fishing honors at the family’s annual “guys” trip, with a huge 12-pound walleye that he landed on our last evening on Lake Temagami. TEMAGAMI, Ontario — Although a chubby bird and all the fixings have been our traditional Father’s Day meal, a menu change seemed appropriate this […]
The stiff stems of the mowed hay field were as brittle as the business end of a straw broom and each step produced an easily heard crunch. I was doing a clumsy crouch toward the crest of the slope and trying my best to stay as hidden as possible behind a well packed and neatly […]
Olcott, New York, a prime Lake Ontario fishing port just east of Niagara Falls, has been named America’s Ultimate Fishing Town, an honor bestowed by a record number of votes tallied by the World Fishing Network organization. Winner In what has become an annual competition, Olcott and 504 other fishing oriented U.S. towns were nominated […]
A Parkersburg, West Virginia reader writes that, “Mockingbirds woke me up several times last night. Why are they singing at night?” Daily conversation Birds vocalize throughout the year, but the purpose of the sounds varies. It may be tempting to assign human explanations to bird behavior, but such logic misleads. Contrary to folk wisdom and […]
Jarrod Craft, lead mechanic at Ravenna Marine, has a big cardboard box full of bad news. Bad news to boaters that is. The stuff Craft collects represents lots of ruined boating days. Wreckage His bad news box is packed with costly pieces and parts, things like plugged fuel filters, degraded fuel pump parts, carburetor floats […]
Great Lakes salmon are like no other fresh water game fish. They’ve got what sport fishermen like; muscle and lots of it. Hook a mid-size king salmon and enjoy the fight. Hook a big one and tie yourself to something solid because a mature king salmon is nothing short of one big bully with the […]
If you thought the Queen of England, Prince Charles, and young William share a protective pride of their royal surname, you ought to meet Mike Oszust, a Carrollton, Ohio, keeper of perhaps the most reverent name in beagling. Top pedigrees Here’s a man who has made it his life mission to keep the historic blood […]
WILSON HARBOR, N.Y. — The last day of April and it feels like the first day of winter. A northeast wind blowing straight from some imaginary ice field in Siberia sends chills through any amount of layers but fingers don’t feel cold at all. On a mission In fact, fingers don’t feel anything. Best advice? […]
The birding world turns its attention to southern West Virginia next week. The 10th annual New River Birding and Nature Festival kicks off May 5. Over the course of six days, 250 to 300 birders from as far away as Michigan, Washington, Arizona, California, and Canada come to West Virginia just to see birds. Economic […]
If the name Al Kisamore rings a bell, it ought to. Often called big Al, we are referring to a very active grandfather who sets traps, shoots deer, chases bears, and does the same to Quebec moose. And he’s good at all of it. I’ve mentioned the times and travels of Kisamore many times, enough […]
Interesting things we can learn from The Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s coyote population.
Spring gobbler season is as addictive as texting. A dedicated turkey hunter just can’t enough, can’t suffer enough, can’t break the habit.
Although hunters are often asked if they were successful, the majority of Ohio’s deer hunters find success in just being there whether they manage to bag a deer or not. Regardless, hunting success will always be rated by a number. So let’s look at the numbers for deer hunters who hunted at any time during […]
Wondering which hunting activities top the most popular list? That’s easy. Whitetail deer, wild turkey, and coyote. Coyote hunting Well, ranking coyote hunting even close to the top of the chart may be a stretch, but it’s no secret that the interest in hunting coyotes and coyote hunting is growing in leaps and bounds. Thus […]
Rebuilding habitat may be the key to bringing the bobwhite quail back to Ohio.