December 20, 2014

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Scavengers

Buzzard enjoying some carrion.

It was many years ago that I harvested my first deer. I found myself standing all alone, deep in the Wayne National Forest of Southeast Ohio, generally knowing what I had to do, but wishing I had somebody else there just to lend a few pointers. It was just me, the wind and this dead Read More…

Venison Chili Cook-off

Venison Chili Cook Off in Findlay

When I started this job there wasn’t a whole lot to it; I did what I normally do as an outdoorsman, and I write about it. It wasn’t long before I was being asked to do public appearances and speak before groups, and I gladly accepted these opportunities to get the Outdoors Page some publicity Read More…

Hocking Hills

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I drive the side-winding roads as they bank through Hocking County past little rivers with such creative names as, “Sunday Creek” and a few miles up, “Monday Creek”. It leads me to imagine what it was like for the explorer who put his diary and his map on the same page. It’s rough country, steep Read More…

Gore Orphanage Ghost Stories

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Recently I had the chance to regroup with some of the boys and men I knew as a Boy Scout in Elyria, but almost as good was getting to visit the place where I went to summer camp, Firelands Scout reservation in Henrietta Township. I hadn’t seen either these folks or this place in many Read More…

Coy Wolf

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There’s this break in the mating cycle of the Whitetail Deer known as the “October Lull” when things slow down a bit. It varies greatly with location, but guys like me who keep a few trail cameras out can measure “the lull” by the number of deer photographed and the relative absence of larger bucks. Read More…

Gooseless

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As the sun rose higher behind us, the fog had lifted from the cornfield and we watched yet another flight of Canada Geese appear from beyond the tree line, slowly turn, and break away from us.  It was becoming increasingly clear that something was wrong with our strategy and we were going to get skunked Read More…

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 …

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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…

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…