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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Past Michigan walleye pro and now full-time walleye fishing educator Lance Valentine is coming to Ohio and calling class to order next weekend. His class, titled Walleye Fishing 101, will be offered Feb. 4 at Ravenna Marine.
Meet four kindred spirits: Georgia, Gabby, Ike and Rick. Georgia is five years young, spunky and quick, friendly one minute, aloof the next, a mirror image of her daughter Gabby, a mouthy squirt with a competitive drive that pops up every time the going gets tough. Ike, on the other hand, is a more laid […]
Twelve names to remember when it comes to those who would rather all hunting, trapping and for that matter, sound wildlife management strategies, be stopped, include the Humane Society of the United States and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Give a standing ovation to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a recent decision to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in the western Great Lakes region.
It’s show time, a sure sign that winter is on the slide, daylight is returning, and a new year of outdoor sports will emerge from its snow covered den eventually.
Every outdoor enthusiast needs more stuff. And that in itself is enough to make shopping for that special, although often absent, sportsman or woman easy. But it’s not because he or she already has everything, or at least it seems so. So let’s go shopping.
Redfield, South Dakota. Even when it’s bad it’s good. That’s the best way to describe South Dakota pheasant hunting this fall following a devastating winter and equally destructive spring. Pheasants are just big birds and, like the birds at your feeder, they can fall victim to severe winter weather that prevents them from finding food […]
At the end of six weeks of archery season, which opened Sept. 24, 2011, Licking County held the lead for kill numbers with 1,836 deer tagged.
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 […]