Stories by Mike Tontimonia

About Mike

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.

The difference between an outfitted and guided hunts

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Neither outfitted DIY or guided game hunts promise success. If they do, be cautious.

An inventory of new rifles is on its way for fall

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Recently adopted regulations in Ohio will now allow the use of a wide variety of guns in addition to the traditional shotguns, handguns and muzzle loaders

Mountain lions are now a favorite topic in statehouses

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Uninformed opponents to fact-based wildlife management are becoming better funded and more vocal in their determination to thwart proven conservation practices and controlled hunting as management tools.

Steve Baylor gives fishing with jigs new meaning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Meet pro walleye angler Steve Baylor, a guy, one would think, who would rely on a box full of every kind of lure ever made, tools of the trade they might be called. After all, he like all pro fishermen, wears a shirt with more sponsors on it than cloth. That and few fishing boxes, […]

Steve Baylor gives fishing with jigs new meaning

Thursday, April 3, 2014

But when it comes to lures, Baylor could carry all that he needs in his shirt pocket.

New Ohio hunting regulations could prove interesting

Thursday, March 27, 2014

New proposals could change bag limits, legal hunting guns.

Polar vortex could lead to better fishing prospects

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cold winter of 2013-2014 could bring some surprises for fishing season.

March hunting opportunities for deer sheds, coyotes

Thursday, March 13, 2014

According to experienced shed hunters both antlers are often dropped within yards of each other and pairs of antlers can match up with antlers from the same animal year after year.

Cowboy Jon Sund is living his dream

Thursday, March 6, 2014

By Mike Tontimonia A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is […]

Cowboy Jon Sund is living his dream

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A real cowboy is more comfortable glued to a saddle than a recliner. He pays little attention to the time — more to the task at hand. Lunch might be a smashed sandwich pulled from a jacket pocket and a drink might be what’s left from yesterday. That is if there is a lunch at […]

Get ready! Turkey hunting season is coming

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Apparently, spring turkey season is the next big event. Forget everything else, because it is turkey, turkey, turkey from here on out. Not just in Ohio, but in nearly every state, where turkey hunters are like cash cows to marketers of outdoor gear. Our mailbox has been filled in recent weeks with catalogs, fliers, offers […]

This guy always catches fish, and he’s not bragging

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine uses his sonar and GPS to provide him the information he needs to put his single most important theory for fishing success to life.

Coydogs are more of an urban legend than fact

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ohio’s coyotes are everywhere, as in of the state’s 88 counties, according to Jamey Emmert, of the Division of Wildlife, who suggested that although the state has seen the number of coyotes increase rapidly in recent years, their numbers have seemed to have leveled off. But Ohio isn’t the only state with more than enough […]

What to do when your new neighbors have sharp teeth

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Your new neighbors might not be the ones you can see, but they can often be heard after dark, singing a scary tune, a song that can bring the hair on one’s neck to attention. In fact, these new neighbors are usually crude and secretive — traits you might not approve of — and you […]

‘Tis the season’ … to buy boats, sporting goods

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Boat and sporting shows abound for the winter season.

Although deer harvest was low, there’s still time

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Although there were more than 11,000 fewer deer killed this year during Ohio’s weeklong gun season, there’s not much to complain about. After all, a seven-day harvest that numbers more than 75,000 freezer-bound bundles of venison is nothing to sneeze at. Nevertheless, even with liberal bag limits in place for almost all of Ohio, this […]

A bunch of memories held in one smooth rock

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Good people and good places are the foundation for great memories, and all it takes to remind one of any or all of the three is sometimes as insignificant as a small rock. In this case it is a rock the size of an egg, but flat and polished from years of movement of sea […]

South Dakota’s pheasant numbers dwindling

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Last week, I wrote about Ralph Kohler, a lifelong waterfowl hunter who continues to host paying guests at his Missouri River pit blinds, something he’s done for 70 years. Arriving each day, groups of Kohler hunters meet well before daylight in a plain Jane, wood floor and make-your-hair stand-up coffee kind of restaurant, in downtown […]

Thankful for memorable hunts with memorable people

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I give thanks for the opportunity to rub elbows with the Ralph Kohlers of the world.

A long, rewarding trip to Devil’s Lake

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Before leaving for North Dakota to hunt ducks on expansive Devil’s Lake, one of the nation’s premier waterfowl spots, I had wished for low gas prices, good weather, and a few other uncontrollable verbs. What I always dread are statements too often heard such as “you should have been here last week” and “the birds […]

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