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Monday, February 26th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Jim Abrams

Commentary: Ohio steelhead program owes a lot of success to late Phil Hillman

The between months, anglers know them well. It’s that period when your boat sits winterized while you’re surviving winter’s frigid chill and waiting for spring’s first cast. 
Some of us are lucky enough to have a dog to hunt, birds to watch, and deer stands to sit in. But for some unknown reason which I can’t fathom, there are folks who mope about until temperatures make their spring rise.

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Commentary: Ohio wildlife agencies, officers play vital role in conservation

During the late 1800s, experts were advising the Ohio General Assembly that the state was quickly losing its fish populations. In fact, many were warning that soon there would be no fish left in the state’s streams or rivers if something wasn’t done quickly. Thus, in 1873, was born the Ohio Fish Commission – the grandfather of today’s Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Charged with turning around these losses, it was recognized that many other of Ohio’s native species were suffering. Deer, turkeys, otters, wood ducks, mute swans, and other species were declining rapidly.

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Commentary: The most-feared predator of all for whitetails? One study shows it’s humans

As someone whose career was based around wildlife, sometimes a report or a study comes out that makes me shrug with a “no kidding” feeling creeping over me. Recently, Steve Rinella shared such a fact-finder in his MeatEater newsletter.
This one looked for the answer as to what predator was the most likely to stimulate a response in white-tailed deer behavior. In other words, what scared them into altering their habits. Conversational human voices were overwhelmingly the most fear-inducing of the sounds to which the deer were exposed.

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Commentary: Know the difference between hellbenders and mud puppies

I taught myself to fly fish while in high school and have continued the sport since. One of those learning waters was Little Beaver Creek in Columbiana County, Ohio. Known for its ability to swamp canoes and hide trophy smallmouths, it was one of my favorite haunts.
On one of the many trips wading its waters, I stepped on a big flat rock that transformed into a teeter-totter and sent me splashing. As I unsteadily stood, I saw a squashed-looking, slimy, waterlogged thing scurrying away into a submerged crevice.

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Commentary: Grouse in trouble in Ohio, but we are not alone

There have been recent suggestions that the Division of Wildlife may be considering suspending ruffed grouse hunting in Ohio. I understand that this rumor began when the question was posed by a Wildlife Council member questioning the impact such action might have on the crashing grouse population.
It is my understanding that this is not currently being entertained by the division as part of this year’s hunting and trapping proposals.

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Commentary: A wildlife officer’s job is rarely ever completely ‘finished’

I suppose the experiences of Ohio wildlife officers are like most game wardens around other states – maybe even the world.
There are the rather routine tasks of assorted fish and game surveys, license compliance, equipment maintenance, and the usual mountains of paperwork – now done on paper-saving, but eye-straining, MCTs.

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