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Luck and hunting skills made elk hunt successful

Thursday, November 1, 2012

GUNNISON Colo. — Luck trumps skills every time and, yes, getting an eyeful of elk, a bull at that, and in reasonable shooting range, involves a basket full a good old- fashioned luck. A beauty There he was, a decent bull at about 200 yards, a slam dunk if ever there was one. I belly […]

More than just elk live in the Rocky Mountains

Thursday, October 25, 2012

GUNNISON, Colo. — A group of four friends are here to live a dream — to hunt Rocky Mountain elk, the most coveted of all lower 48 big game. But given that, there are more critters involved in this play than elk. Take the golden eagle that winged up from a nearby kill to create […]

Memories frozen in pictures

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Time flies, it really does. Pictures don’t. Pictures freeze time, age, and reality. Such is the case of the pencil image that I’ve used for decades. That one. Yes, that timeless image that leads this column, a snap shot turned classy by the hand of an artist, of a much younger me. I don’t know […]

Adventurers raise fund for cancer cure, tap new technology

Thursday, October 4, 2012

For those who seek excitement, a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction an adventure provides, climbing mountains is right up there. Not just climbing of course, but summiting — the actual ascent to the very top, the highest point, the summit. The question of “why climb at all” is paramount to those who prefer armchair […]

Making weight: What items do you really need?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A pound of cotton socks weights the same as a pound of sharp knife. You need to pare down your duffle so what do you leave at home? It’s your choice. Do you value warm feet and do you see a need for a good skinning knife? Yes to both questions, so back to the […]

Shooting is not a chance event, practice is needed

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pre-season target practice is a basic requirement for hunters. To depend on last year’s shooting performance is to ask for problems. Indeed, what it was does not predicate what it will be. Shooting Here’s what is known about shooting. Erratic scores, inaccurate groups, missed targets, and other shooting fu-paws are typically not caused by the […]

I can’t deny it — the Internet has everything

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My sister says everything is on the Internet. It hurts to admit this, but she’s right. I hope she doesn’t read this. According to Mark Drury, a call maker, archery pro staffer and hunting show producer, time spent on the Internet prior to hunting season can be time well spent. That Drury proclamation was one […]

Don’t forget the camera when you head outdoors

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Good pictures don’t just happen. And, too, the best camera can’t take a good picture on its own. Good pictures are born in the eye of the photographer and all the rest is basic, easily learned technique. Let’s talk about cameras first. The best camera for any person without exception is the one that the […]

Mules have many good attributes, but don’t leave them behind

Thursday, August 30, 2012

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 […]

Number of hunters increasing in USA slowly

Thursday, August 23, 2012

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 fish and the records set in summer 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

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 […]

Shooting simulator shows difficulty in training

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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 […]

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 […]

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