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Nov
27

Most Hunters Dream of Trophy Bucks

Although the archery season has been going on since late September, some Ohio hunters don’t get into deer hunting until the gun season begins. The first part of this year’s deer gun season begins Monday, Nov. 28 and ends Sunday, Dec. 4. This year’s bonus weekend will be Dec. 17-18.

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Nov
14

Ohio has New Record Northern Pike

They’re getting bigger and bigger. The new record is just four-tenths of a pound heavier than the old mark.

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Nov
4

Here Comes The Rut….

It’s that time of year when whitetail deer are more active in the woods and fields. “The rut” is a good time for hunters … but not so much for drivers.

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Oct
27

Take Care To Avoid Hypothermia…

Autumn is a popular season for the outdoors men and women – not too hot and not too cold. But it can be a dangerous time, especially if a person gets wet. The danger: hypothermia.

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Oct
3

Fall Fishing Spots Abundant In Southwest Ohio….

If you like to fish, are new to the area or just want to visit a place you’ve never tried, there are many options for anglers in southwest Ohio.

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Sep
20

Walleye Fishing This Fall? Here’s Some Tips…

Each year, about this time, I like to look at the greatest fall fishing in Ohio. That can be found at Lake Erie.

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Sep
8

Perch Woes Over; Plenty to go Around

Lake Erie is a hot spot for fall fishing, particularly for yellow perch and especially for this year. Hatches in recent years have been above average and that means the fishery is here for a long, long time.

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Aug
29

Outdoor Skills Instruction Offered

If you would like to learn how to shoot – with a gun or a bow – you’re invited to take part in the 15th annual free Family Outdoor Skills Day at the Spring Valley gun/archery range south of Xenia.

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Aug
9

Dove Hunters Should Be Gearing Up…

August is here and if you plan to dove hunt, it’s time to prepare. Drawings for hunting spots on nearby Ohio wildlife areas are scheduled for Aug. 27.

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Jul
31

It Was a Big Week For Trapshooter Dirk Meckstroth

It started out with a great honor, but when the week was over and all the gun smoke had cleared, there was quite a bit of glory to go along with it.

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Jul
9

Want a New Fishing Adventure? Try a Belly Boat

You’ll need a calm pond, cove in a lake or a slow-moving stream, but once you are right there in the water, you might never want to fish any other way.

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Jun
26

Ohio has New Record for Yellow Perch

It’s probably the most sought-after fish for eating, the yellow perch is probably the second most popular fishing target on Lake Erie (behind walleyes). In April, a Mentor resident tossed a shiner into the water and pulled up a record that had lasted more than three decades.

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Jun
10

Time for Paddling One’s Own Canoe (or Kayak)

Paddle sports have been growing, with Ohio kayak and canoe registrations more than 130 percent higher over the past decade, up to 152,000 last year. And now Ohio is offering paddle sports events.

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May
22

Eagles Are Swooping All Over The Place

Once an endangered and somewhat rare species, the bald eagle has made a huge comeback, especially in Ohio. The national symbol is no longer on the federal or state endangered list, but is still protected by law.

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May
4

Lake Erie Fishing: It Doesn’t Get Much Better

Like most lakes, Erie has its ups and downs as far as fishing goes. Bad hatches mean difficult fishing down the line. But at the same time, a string of quality hatches can put a fishery on top … and that’s how it is right now for Lake Erie walleyes and yellow perch.

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Apr
21

New Marina at Caesar Creek About to Open

It’s been long-awaited. In fact, about 38 years. But at long last the state of Ohio is about to open a full-service marina at Caesar Creek State Park.

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Apr
13

Turkey Season Starts With Youth Weekend

The Ohio Division of Wildlife estimates more than 65,000 hunters will be in the fields and woods beginning on April 18 for the beginning of the annual spring wild turkey season. It will run through May 15.

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Mar
31

Jim Morris: Forecast: Plenty Of ‘Excellent’ Fishing in Southwest Ohio

Time to break away, cure the cabin fever and get out to a good fishing hole. Here’s where you can usually find them … the key word there is “usually” because with fishing, you never know …

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Mar
20

Good Show! Dayton Expo Gets Praise, Strong Turnout

Although Dayton has had recent troubles attracting quality outdoor/boat shows in recent years, the first All-American Outdoor Show at the Airport Expo Center was well supported by area folks, enough to bring it back next year.

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Mar
9

Study Explains Urban Deer Numbers

Ball State University professor’s project shows more whitetail fawns are surviving in urban settings than in rural. The reason? Fewer coyotes.

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