May 28, 2016

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Requiem for an outdoors heart

Yesterday I got a text on my cell phone with the sad but not unexpected news that my friend, Don Hastings, had passed. I’ve been out of cell range most of this week, hiking the Smokey Mountains, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make the funeral. So, carefully thought out as I climbed Read More…

Hunger, not hunting, is Africa’s enigma

As the dust settles around the “Cecil the Lion” controversy, the result is not a ban but a form, paperwork. Who wins? Government. Who loses? Hunters, anti-hunters, Africans, African land and African lions. A new rule requires that those wanting to import hunted lions apply for a permit, certifying that the lion was hunted legally Read More…

Ice isn’t always nice, so be careful

The ice came and left suddenly, but fishermen who were thankful for the ice fishing opportunity are now looking forward to an early boating season, with some optimists saying they’ll be on the water by mid-March. That would be terrific, but there are a few who are going to have to find a new way Read More…

Marblehead Coast Guard to the rescue

Mother Nature brought a veritable fishing party to the ice last weekend as a dozen fishing shanties popped up on the hard water at East Harbor. But, as always, with the first ice comes the first mishaps. Last Friday around 2 p.m. two fishermen on an ice floe off Catawba were spotted by a pilot Read More…

Finally, ice. Nice!

Fishing shanties beginning to go up on Lake Erie as temperatures go down Ice fishermen are finally getting a chance at the hard water. Temperatures in Northern Ohio dipped to below freezing last week and look to remain so for at least the next couple of days. Pilots out of Port Clinton note there are still Read More…

Seemingly innocent product can be danger

There’s been an issue I’ve wanted to write about but it just keeps getting kicked back in my agenda week after week. It’s one of those “write your congressman” issues that’s really important, but while we were distracted by Christmas, Congress went ahead and passed it into law. The Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 may Read More…

This little bird

If you consider yourself a “birder,” this time of year is exciting, as winter migrations often bring rare and distant travelers to our area, and this year the bird watching community is especially excited about a little bird called the Brambling. Usually seen in Europe, Asia, North Africa or the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, this Read More…

A sobering message for drone pilots

We had a lot of reader response to our mention of UAS/UAVs (drones) last week, but none more important than one from my old friend and Avon Lake native Chris Conn, who flies a MedEvac helicopter for University Hospitals. Chris is a fellow Eagle Scout and was my tent-mate at the Scout World Jamboree in Read More…

If there’s a drone under your tree, read on

Did Santa leave a drone beneath your tree? If you got a UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System, also know as a “drone”) for Christmas you might be a little confused by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) ruling about having it registered. So as a fellow enthusiast, allow me to clear things up. If your drone weighs Read More…

Beaver trapping starts Dec. 26

Ohio’s beaver trapping season opens statewide Dec. 26. Every year Buckeye beaver trappers make hundreds of thousands of dollars collectively, with this year’s I-Grade dried pelts bringing about $9 each on average, and twice as much for a really big one. Traditionally, Northern Ohio is a terrific place for beaver, with its many rivers and Read More…