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Oct
23

Fire Brings Tragedy, Destruction and Devastation

It’s been a difficult year for Mother Nature and people all over the world. There have been earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and drought. And one of the most-terrifying: wild fires. Here are some thoughts and reports about the lethal outbreak of fires in northern California.

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Oct
17

State Ready to Release Pheasants

State wildlife areas in southwest Ohio will soon have pheasants and pheasant hunters in the field, starting with youth hunters this weekend and next. The regular season begins Nov. 3.

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Oct
11

Fall Turkey Season about to Begin

Although not quite as big as the spring season, Ohio’s fall wild turkey hunt is getting larger. Eleven new counties have opened.

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Oct
2

A Story of Nature at its Worst

A child innocently searched for tadpoles in a small stream in a county park near her Orange County, Calif. home. She and her mother stood back to back in the ankle-deep stream. Then, in an instant, their lives changed forever.

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Sep
20

Lake Erie Perch Fishing Heats up in Fall

Fall is the season for pumpkin pies, apple cider and colorful leaves. For anglers, it’s also traditionally the best time to go perch fishing on Lake Erie. If you go, here are a few tips that might just point you toward a limit of 30.

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Sep
4

Report: Algae Affects Property Values

The dangers involved with the presence of toxic algae are well known. At Grand Lake St. Marys, the EPA posted warning signs on the beaches several years ago. Those signs are still there. But what has happened to property valu

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Aug
23

Drawings for Controlled Dove Hunts Saturday

Yes, it’s that time of year again that has dove hunters worked up to a frenzy. Southwest Ohio has some fine public dove fields. They’re so popular that special drawings for reserved spots on Opening Days are scheduled for this Saturday. Dove hunti9ng begins Sept. 1.

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Aug
19

Eclipse Day will be Memorable

Monday, Aug. 21 won’t be just another Monday for many Americans. It will be a day when an eclipse travels diagonally across the U.S. For most of us, it will be partial, but it’s still a special day.

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Aug
12

Don’t Toss Minnows Back in the Water

It’s so easy. To empty out unused minnows at the end of a fishing trip, you often just dump them in the lake. And that’s illegal. So don’t do it anymore!

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Aug
2

Troy Man Supplies Rafts, Gear for Fly Fishing

Dreaming, designing and fly fishing. They all came together for Troy’s Ethan Smith in SmithFly, a business that has become unique in raft building.

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Jul
7

In the End, Politics Wins…

Ray Petering, chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, wanted more money to operate his division and its many programs. To do that, he was pushing for an annual $3 increase for resident hunting and fishing licenses. His boss, the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, did not agree. Now Petering is the former chief.

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Jun
30

It’s Time to Drop Politics and Get Back to the Outdoors

Long-time Ohio outdoors advocate Mike Budzik resigns his position as an adviser to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The reason wasn’t personal; it was professional. It was obvious to him that he was no longer wanted.

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Jun
12

Turkey Take is Up Over 2016

More birds and more hunters meant a larger harvest during the 2017 Ohio spring wild turkey hunting season, which concluded May 28.

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May
24

Finding Clear Water Key to Bass Tourney Win

Covington man battles the elements to find success in Bass Fishing League event at Grand Lake St. Marys.

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May
11

Users Want Fees Higher; ODNR Says ‘No’

Seeing fees go higher is a way of life, but Columbus has it all backwards. It’s not the government that wants sportsmen’s license fees to increase; it’s the users.

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Apr
27

Bellefontaine Man Makes Dreams Come True 

It took a number of years for him to hone his skills to the point where he thought he could make it, fishing on a professional walleye tour. But at age 43, he and his family decided now is the time – and is it ever!

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Apr
14

Morris: Southwest Ohio Offers Fine Fishing

It’s time to go fishing. April is here and there will be some good fishing days ahead. So if you have your tackle ready, you will find some excellent opportunities at southwest Ohio lakes.

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Apr
6

Lake Erie: the Welcome Mat is Out

The outlook is for excellent fishing for both walleyes and yellow perch. Recent hatches have been above average and there are still plenty of those 2003 monsters out there.

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Mar
28

No Substitute for Extensive Boater Education

Boating comes with plenty of fun, but also some very real risks. If you plan to own or use a boat, safety should be your top priority. To be as safe as you can, boater education is the answer.

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Mar
14

Boat Sales Rebounding as Economy Builds

With pontoon boats leading the parade, the pleasure boating industry has picked itself up, dusted itself off and climbed back in the race for America’s leisure activity time and dollars.

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