February 11, 2016


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…

Meet the Dunkle


It’s a good year for the ice fisherman, that’s for sure. Not for the faint of heart or thin of insulation, but these anglers of the “hard water” are often rewarded by catches of big fish that feed like lions when there’s nothing coming from the surface that doesn’t have a hook in it. And Read More…

Life on Ice

During the recent Winterfest at Lorain County Metroparks Vermillion reservation, folks tried their hand at a variety of ice-related activities including fishing and old fashioned icehouse block cutting

Remember when it didn’t used to get so darned cold and your mom would worry about how thick the ice was that you were perilously playing pond hockey (or whatever that was) on? There was this rule that the temperature had to be below freezing for three consecutive days for it to be safe for Read More…

A Beautiful problem.


Who was it that sang that song about the swans that live in the park? Anyway, we need to talk about swans today. You see, there’s a problem with swans, a big one, specifically with the Mute Swans. First let’s talk about Trumpeter Swans, with their black, pointed bills and c-shaped necks. They’ve been around Read More…

Due to weather, Monday’s E-edition free to view


The Barn Owl

With his heart-shaped face, bronze feathers adn distinctive call, it's easy to identify the Barn own (ODNR)

I’m at the edge of a field in Wayne County, trying to get warm in the van for a few minutes, a chicken salad sandwich in my lap, hot coffee on the dashboard and binoculars hanging around my neck catching the occasional errant bread crumb on the lens. I don’t think of myself as a Read More…

The Spirit of the Pheasant


Winter has a lot of cold days. It’s one of my new hobbies to identify and embrace the coldest day of the year, and this was it; minus ten according to my car thermometer that morning. Still, they promised it would warm a little, not too much wind and plenty of sun by mid-day, so Read More…