July 1, 2016

Elyria
Sunny
75°F
 

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…

Fog plays spoiler for hunters, anglers

As El Nino continues to grace us with unseasonably warm weather, lake fishing continues to be red-hot, and anglers in boats and on the shore continue to bring in many good-sized walleye, both day and night. Foggy conditions at the end of last week hampered visibility, reminding boaters to take it slow and wear their life vests. Water temperatures may be warmer than usual, but Read More…

Thinking of walleye en route to deer camp

First things first. The amazing Lake Erie night bite continues, as good as it’s ever been in the opinion of many anglers. Boats are coming back from the east side of Cleveland to west of the islands with the live wells just full and 10-to-11-plus pound walleyes being reported somewhere every day. With surveys bringing Read More…

State mishandling response to CWD

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is the most feared malady affecting deer today, although there are several other infectious diseases of concern. The history of CWD in Ohio is brief, beginning only last year, but its potential is scary. First detected in a captive deer heard on a preserve in Holmes County, the first infected deer Read More…

Tracking the black bear and gray wolf

While last week’s winds churned up a murky Lake Erie, night-bite walleye anglers continued to fetch big catches. Various wildlife law enforcement agencies kept them honest with a noted presence in both the central and western basins, but few violations were reported, and they seemed most concerned with the proper display of boat lights and Read More…