April 19, 2014

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Local Wild Pig Population is Porkin’ Up

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Their physical appearance is at the bottom of the list you’d describe as “stealthy”, yet they evade being sighted and travel like ghosts, usually at night. They breed like rabbits. They eat like …well, they eat a lot. Their destructive power is boundless and they are probably the most misunderstood species of wildlife in Ohio.  Read More…

Living Vicariously at The Outdoors Show

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I have a foggy memory of being in Cleveland’s Public Hall as a small child during the Outdoors Show, but it could be that all that fog is just cigar smoke. It’s an emblem of Cleveland in the 1970’s, plaid pants, sideburns and Schlitz beer. Men standing in the aisles wiggling fishing rods to try Read More…

Zeke’s Buck: Tracking in the Dark

My buddy Zeke and what was left of his ten point buck. PHOTO BY BYRON SCARBROUGH

Zeke Ward was always the last man in the cabin at night, but he looked unusually tired this night. He flopped down on the picnic bench next to me and we started the regular Deer Camp evening conversation. “Did you see any?” “Yep. I saw one.” “So, where is it?” I asked, very much doubting Read More…

Winter Camping

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As a boy scout, I was really fortunate to be a member of the best troop around, the legendary Troop 136 of Elyria. We churned out Eagle Scouts like Detroit makes cars, and we did so because of great leaders who were stone cold camping fanatics. Most troops went camping three times a year, whenever Read More…

Chain Saws

Here is an illustrative string of photos showing the three cuts used to properly fell a tree with a chainsaw. - Photos by Byron Scarbrough

July 1990: I’m in the passenger seat of a 69 Dodge truck, barreling down a road in Northern Idaho as I have missed both the Canadian border crossing and the gas station that was supposed to be there. Between my knees is an empty five gallon gas can, and behind the wheel is a large Read More…

Leave it to Beaver…

Great Blue Heron dozes in the warm sun on a Beaver Lodge at Sandy Ridge. The night before had seen temperatures well below freezing. Photo by Tom Mahl

The next time you find yourself in Boston, crack open the yellow pages and you’ll find the curious heading, “Beaver basement water control”.  Some of you may have visions of mischievous hard-hat wearing rodents turning the wheels of basement plumbing drains in dark spaces. That’s the same misunderstanding of wildlife that has led to the Read More…

Join a Club, Make New Friends and Get Outdoors

Skeet Shooting - Photo by Tom Mahl

Remember that photo of your dad with his hunting or fishing buddies? As soon as you walked into my grandfather’s house, there was a photo of the old boy with his fishing buddy and about a hundred sea trout laid out on the ground in front of his boat. I asked him once who his Read More…

ATV’s & Muddin’

ATV and Mudding - PHOTO BY TOIVO ANNUS

From the earliest age we are told by our mothers, “Don’t play in the mud!” yet we are drawn to it. Did you ever wonder why? The answer is simpler than you might think. There are all kinds of mud; soupy mud, clumpy mud, sticky mud, smelly mud, swampy mud but it’s a basic fact Read More…

Venison, Nature’s Wonder Meat – 11/30/2012

Photo by Dr. Tom Mahl

By Byron Scarbrough, Outdoors Writer There’s something most people don’t know about me, I eat almost exclusively organic meat. I know this evokes the image of a guy who wears sandals all year, braids his hair, wears hemp clothing and spends way too much time and money at the Whole Foods market. I am none Read More…

The Sportsman’s Wish List – 11/23/2012

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Byron Scarbrough, Outdoors Page Writer This week we decided to help Santa shop for us by putting together the “Sportsman’s Christmas Wish-list.” As I started to list all the things I want to find in my stocking, I thought, “Let’s have some fun and spread this assignment around a bit.” So, I solicited help from Read More…