September 14, 2014

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Scarface the Bear

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Every hunter dreams of an adventure in Alaska, the last American frontier. Few of us will get to see Alaska, even fewer will get to hunt the Grizzly bear. But to Grafton’s Jim Dowdell, the only way to dream is to dream BIG. Big trip, big guns, and a very big bear!   In September Read More…

The Hole in the Horn Buck …

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I don’t know how many times I’ve had somebody tell me about a “huge buck” only to be underwhelmed when I actually laid eyes on the beast. I guess it’s all relative, and when you’ve lived in the outdoors as long as I have, the uncommon gets pretty common. There are so many fine bucks Read More…

The Hole in the Horn Buck …

provided rav buck

I don’t know how many times I’ve had somebody tell me about a “huge buck” only to be underwhelmed when I actually laid eyes on the beast. I guess it’s all relative, and when you’ve lived in the outdoors as long as I have, the uncommon gets pretty common. There are so many fine bucks Read More…

A Winter Wonderland in Ohio’s Hocking Hills

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From dormancy of winter we approach the re-genesis of spring when the whole world seems to wait to awaken from an ice age. With the first thaw the clinging icicles will again become the cascading falls. As the snow melts we again find the lesser trails we knew before the freeze. The deep stone gorges Read More…

Local Wild Pig Population is Porkin’ Up

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Their physical appearance is at the bottom of the list you’d describe as “stealthy”, yet they evade being sighted and travel like ghosts, usually at night. They breed like rabbits. They eat like …well, they eat a lot. Their destructive power is boundless and they are probably the most misunderstood species of wildlife in Ohio.  Read More…

Living Vicariously at The Outdoors Show

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I have a foggy memory of being in Cleveland’s Public Hall as a small child during the Outdoors Show, but it could be that all that fog is just cigar smoke. It’s an emblem of Cleveland in the 1970’s, plaid pants, sideburns and Schlitz beer. Men standing in the aisles wiggling fishing rods to try Read More…

Zeke’s Buck: Tracking in the Dark

My buddy Zeke and what was left of his ten point buck. PHOTO BY BYRON SCARBROUGH

Zeke Ward was always the last man in the cabin at night, but he looked unusually tired this night. He flopped down on the picnic bench next to me and we started the regular Deer Camp evening conversation. “Did you see any?” “Yep. I saw one.” “So, where is it?” I asked, very much doubting Read More…

Winter Camping

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As a boy scout, I was really fortunate to be a member of the best troop around, the legendary Troop 136 of Elyria. We churned out Eagle Scouts like Detroit makes cars, and we did so because of great leaders who were stone cold camping fanatics. Most troops went camping three times a year, whenever Read More…

Chain Saws

Here is an illustrative string of photos showing the three cuts used to properly fell a tree with a chainsaw. - Photos by Byron Scarbrough

July 1990: I’m in the passenger seat of a 69 Dodge truck, barreling down a road in Northern Idaho as I have missed both the Canadian border crossing and the gas station that was supposed to be there. Between my knees is an empty five gallon gas can, and behind the wheel is a large Read More…

Leave it to Beaver…

Great Blue Heron dozes in the warm sun on a Beaver Lodge at Sandy Ridge. The night before had seen temperatures well below freezing. Photo by Tom Mahl

The next time you find yourself in Boston, crack open the yellow pages and you’ll find the curious heading, “Beaver basement water control”.  Some of you may have visions of mischievous hard-hat wearing rodents turning the wheels of basement plumbing drains in dark spaces. That’s the same misunderstanding of wildlife that has led to the Read More…