May 29, 2016

Elyria
Cloudy
68°F
 

Sitting on a hill in the evening

Sitting on a hill in the evening, I try to situate myself facing either north or south. That way I’m not staring into the sunset, or silhouetted with the sun behind me. If I am, I try to break up my outline by staying below the crest of the hill or I put a tree Read More…

Palo Verde

I want to tell you a story with a moral at the end. I happen to be off on one of my adventures, a little farther from home than usual. In fact, I’m about thirty-six hundred miles from home, in the Central American nation of Costa Rica. Friends who traveled here before me rave about Read More…

Deer Hunting Changes

Of the opinions I’ve heard regarding changes to the rules, few are based in science, some are based in convenience (blackpowder season should be earlier in the year to coincide with my vacation) or personal preference (we should have deer gun season over Christmas break so I can hunt with my kids who are off Read More…

Let’s Go RV’ing

“Let’s Go RV’ing!” The commercials are selling the word “Away” and they say it’s as much about getting there as it is about being there. But there’s something to this concept of “Away” that’s very genuine and honest; that is as soon as you get “Away” you stop thinking so much about “this here” and Read More…

Snakes

Remember that scene where Indiana Jones looks down at the moving, writhing floor of the tomb and woefully remarks, “Snakes, why’d it have to be snakes?” I’d feel the same way. Walking through the high meadows of one of Ohio’s many terrific public hunting areas overlooking a large marsh when I come across something that Read More…

Steelhead Alley

Have you ever watched those fishing shows where the guide leaves his cabin and nets a Brown Trout in the stream that’s right out his back door? Or those tarpon guides who are casting across the flats for a giant shiner before he sees another boat? Ever wish you lived some place with that kind Read More…

Spencer Lake Winter Kill

The ice receded and the disaster revealed itself… The warmer weather affects me like paroled madman every year and I find myself standing on the boat ramp at Spencer Lake Wildlife area, flanked by my fellow former inmates; sportsmen so anxious to get in their boats and go fishing that they too want to see Read More…

Bass Fishing Dreams

It’s a sunny yet cold Saturday morning in Ashland, Ohio and the parking lot of my favorite Fin Feather Fur Outfitters is jam packed. Pickup trucks with Smallmouth bass decals and rod racks in the window are parked all the way over to Grandpa’s Cheese barn, and inside the Fin it’s strictly standing room only. Read More…

Goose Conquest

Last spring I recall sitting in the turkey blind waiting on a long beard Tom. I have my turkey decoys set up, a hen and a fan-tailed tom, and I’m calling seductively with a purr on my slate call when over the hill a black head appears,. In the early morning the pale light plays Read More…

Winter Birds

We’re really fortunate to be on the Great Lakes where bird migration is concerned. Many species not native or resident in the area use this like a truck stop; just a place to rest their wings and grab a bite before they head on north or south, depending on the time of year. Somebody mentioned Read More…