Upcoming sport events, shows in 2017

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Grab that 2017 calendar and a pen. It’s an ideal time to begin marling important upcoming dates.

Sport shows

Jan. 12 for starters, is the beginning of the popular Cleveland Mid-America Boat Show.

Held at the expansive IX Center, it runs Jan. 12-16, and showcases the newest in boating from everyday fishing boats to bling-covered cruisers.

Always referred to as the Cleveland Boat Show, it is more of a boat sale than show. Without argument, the price is right at this five day affair.

Couple the Boat Show with a concurrent run of the Cleveland Outdoor Sport Adventure Show which runs three days, Jan. 13-15.

Housed under the same roof, both shows can be attended by purchasing a combo ticket that also makes it possible to pay just once for parking.

Both of these first-of-the-year events offer discount tickets at various sources. Check out the show features, learning opportunities, celebrity appearances, daily times, and vendor lists online.

Coyote hunting

The Division of Wildlife will hold a Coyote Hunting and Trapping seminar at the Portage Lakes office Jan. 24 beginning at 6 p.m. Registration is limited. Call 330-644-2293.

Crappie Club

The Northeast Ohio Crappie Club has an extensive list of activities scheduled for 2017. The crappie club is active and made to order for the everyday angler.

The 2017 kick-off meeting is at the Ravenna Marine March 18. Then it’s off the races with an “open” tournament on April 8 at West Branch.

Also in April is a club member contest April 22 at Mosquito. May crappie tourneys include club member tournaments May 6 at Pymatuning, May 13 at West Branch, and May 20 at Turkeyfoot in the Portage Lakes.

June contest dates are the Mosquito two-day June 3-4, a Pymatuning contest on June 10, and another at Shenango Lake June 24. This one is a three-man “open” event.

Wrap-up takes place in October with a Berlin Lake tourney Oct. 14 and finally a Sandusky event Oct. 28. Crappie fishing fans can go online to learn more about the growing club.

Deer season

The Dec. 17-18 deer-gun season produced 9,228 checked deer. That’s a remarkable harvest considering the lousy hunting weather on the first of the two-day hunt.

Last year, hunters took 9,447 deer during the two day season.

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.

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