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…

October Doe

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There was a time when men wouldn’t hunt with you if you took a female deer, a Doe. Some saw it as wrong, perhaps unfair, but the harvesting of Does is a valuable wildlife management tool and as table fair goes, many prefer Doe venison. This weekend, October 11th and 12th, is the statewide “antlerless Read More…

Autumn Begins

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Autumn’s a busy time for a lot of us. I’m sure a lot of you think of days gone by when fall meant canning fruit and making jam. The brutal winter did a number on my fruit trees this year, so there’s less of that then usual, but I’m using the slack time to cut Read More…

Outdoor Preparedness

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I had a friend over at my house a few years back, and he needed to borrow something I kept in my basement. Well, either he was a good enough friend that I trusted him not t0 judge me for the messy state of my basement, or he was a superficial enough friend that I Read More…

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…