June 30, 2016

Elyria
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Why pay twice to use national parks?

I am a huge advocate and regular user of our national parks, but not so happy with the way they are run. Next week, April 16-24, the National Park Service has decided that it will allow all of us little people to have free admission to our national parks. That’s nice, except that they always Read More…

You think mushers aren’t athletes? Think again

I once asked an old man his secret to longevity and he told me every two years you should find a new hobby and pursue it seriously. So, now I need to raise a dog sledding team. First of all, I have to admit that I never thought dog sledding looked like much fun. You Read More…

Georgia hunt far from boar-ing

I don’t get to hunt much with my dad anymore, so when I had the chance to meet up with him a couple of weeks ago and pursue wild hogs, it was a double treat. I’d just finished my expedition through the Smokey Mountains by way of the Appalachian Trail, and then made tracks south Read More…

Tragedy can strike fast in cold water

Early season fishing on Lake Erie has been terrific, and a lot of anglers are taking advantage of the warm weather to put some big walleye in the cooler. Knowing the facts about the different types of life jackets (also referred to as PFDs — Personal Flotation Devices) can help you decide which are appropriate Read More…

Trading stories of trail trials

Remember last week’s column about the challenges of hiking the Appalachian Trail? No sooner did I send that column off than an email came across my desk about a man named Brandon Jacob setting out on that trek to raise funds for the National Wild Turkey Federation’s habitat restoration. I was telling someone recently that Read More…

‘Get Home Bag’ — don’t leave camp without it

In a day when most cars aren’t equipped with a spare tire, conventional wisdom ridicules you if you carry “emergency supplies.” That’s fine for your average commute, but many lovers of the outdoors find themselves in situations where it might be a long time before anyone begins to look for them, so they have to Read More…

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…