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Ashtabula is gaining a good fishing reputation

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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 […]

Start your own family tradition in Canada

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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 […]

Nature truly provides the best fodder for stories

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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 […]

Take advantage of outdoor activities

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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 […]

There are varied reasons as to why birds sing songs

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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 […]

Bad gas causes problems for boaters

Thursday, May 31, 2012

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 […]

New York offers fish power that some areas don’t

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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 […]

Oszust is not just a name, but a breeding reputation in beagles

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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 […]

A day of fishing on Lake Ontario

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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 annual New River Birding and Nature Festival

Thursday, May 3, 2012

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 […]

Turkey season proving to be popular

Thursday, May 3, 2012

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 […]

What do you learn when you follow a coyote

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Interesting things we can learn from The Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s coyote population.

The spring gobbler season is as addictive as texting

Thursday, April 19, 2012

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.

A closer look at the 2011 deer season harvest

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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 […]

High-tech tracker to share findings of coyote survey

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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 […]

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 […]

Early mourning dove nest in central Pennsylvania

Thursday, March 1, 2012

While perusing the notes on the PaBirds listserv last week, a subject line from Feb. 17 caught my eye. It was posted by a friend of more than 20 years, and it read, “My annual dove!” Kermit Henning of Mechanicsburg, a town located just west of Harrisburg, reported that for the fourth consecutive year he […]

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.

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.

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