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