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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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Program seeks hunters willing to donate venison to feed the hungry

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ohio hunters fed a lot of people in recent months by participating in the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program. From last winter’s deer harvest Ohio hunters donated more than 125,150 pounds of venison, tasty and nutritious meat that provided the main course at food banks for over a half million meals. What a […]

Eastern Sports, Outdoor Show is bliss

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by and addicted to sport shows, those late winter places where outfitters, vacation destinations, travel deals and every new gadget and piece of gear is displayed and explained. Places where impulse buyers get their kicks (Yes, I came home with a new duck call and may have wanted one more […]

You can’t just uncover the boat and head out onto the lake!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Smart anglers and other boat owners need to spend a Saturday afternoon getting boat, motor, and trailer ready for the first half of the fishing and boating season.

Collectors attracted to character and individuality of duck decoys

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The art of deception is a fitting way to describe the reason and realism of duck decoys. And so is the fact that decoys provide the perfect example of functional art. But more that that, the making, collecting and use of decoys are the glues that keep a large, international group of people coming back […]

Big bullies: Coyotes are efficient hunters and clever killers

Thursday, February 10, 2011

For the most part, coyotes live an invisible life, but in recent years they are showing themselves as bold neighborhood bullies as they adapt to city life.

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