September 21, 2014

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Mourning Dove Morning

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We’re camouflaged as best we can be in this weather. But at the beginning of September the early mornings are still warm and by nine o’clock we’ll be stripped to short sleeves and baseball caps, so it’s especially important for us to stay still and hidden. We line the fence rows of a freshly cut Read More…

At The Gunshow

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Fall marks the beginning of Gun Show Season, which is kind of like Christmas for outdoorsmen. Dad woke me one morning before daylight with words any boy would relish, “Do you want to go to the gun show with me?” Are you kidding? Do I want to drive a fire truck? Do I want to Read More…

Early Goose Season 2014

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So, did you hear them Monday morning? By dawn’s early light they were out there with the sounds of distant WHUMP, WHUMP-WHUMP! That’s right, it’s “early” goose season! Every year the Division of wildlife sets aside a couple of weeks at the end of summer as a special season for hunters to work on the Read More…

Owls and Turkey Vultures

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Walking through high Jewelweed in the flood plain of the west branch of the Black River, my attention focused in on the babble of the current over some rapids. The big downed sycamore tree that spanned the two sides of the river banks made a natural bridge for squirrels to cross and my eyes searched Read More…

What Deer See

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I was lying in the tall grass at the edge of the woods across from Elyria Fire Station Number 4 on Abbe Road. This was long, long ago; before they put up a fence and decided it was Elyria High’s soccer field. Because it didn’t get a lot of traffic and was far enough off Read More…

The August Woodchuck

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Mid August is here. It’s a time when the air cools just a little, and like bucks in the season our minds turn toward other things. No, not that, towards hunting, it’s almost hunting season! They’ve set it back a few days, but squirrel season used to open in late August, and I never miss Read More…

Gary Obermiller

The Firelands native and new Deputy Director of the ODNR and Chief of Ohio State Parks traces his success to a humble start as a volunteer and seasonal maintenance worker.

Gary Obermiller looks at home in the outdoors. So much so that I feel sorry for the guy who’s had so much professional success that he’s risen to the level where he now has to wear a neck tie much of the time, but that’s the breaks. You see, one day about twenty-six years ago Read More…

Hocking Hills 2014

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Driving up route 33 leaving Hocking Hills State Park last year, I looked in the back seat to see both kids asleep as the rain beat down in sheets on the hastily re-packed van. I turned to my wife who was also on the edge of Sandland and said, “You know, I think this place Read More…

Mohican

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I think that, as teenagers, most of us discovered Mohican State Park and the Mohican River Valley. If there’s one place in Ohio that is all about accommodating group camping and outdoor fun, it’s Mohican State Park in “The camp and canoe capital of the world!” But if you’ve been back to the park lately Read More…

Johnson’s Island

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It’s a little past dusk on Saturday night, Fourth of July weekend, and we’re having the time of our lives in the simplest of ways. Matt and Scott have discovered that the really big catfish are coming in close to shore after dark here on Johnson’s Island, and the kids are reeling them in one Read More…