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Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

John Tertuliani

Longear sunfish are feisty fighters of late winter, early spring in Ohio

A longear sunfish is unlike any other. Glimmering fresh from the water, it seems too spectacular to be here, as if had been blown inland from the barrier reef of an exotic land. It is a real treat to see, if you get the chance.
There are two subspecies, the northern longear, Lepomis megalotis peltastes, and the central longear, Lepomis megalotis megalotis. The northern longear is the smaller of the two.

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Here’s how to take advantage of what can be a short ice-fishing season in Ohio

In late December, the polar vortex started to lose stability. A sign of a weakening vortex is the westerly winds, blowing strong with bitter cold air. By the second week of January, it seemed more certain what was happening to the weather.
Thoughts of ice fishing became hard to ignore, even if it amounts to nothing more than a few days of opportunity, there will be ice here and there.

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Ingredients of accuracy: Common complaints among rifle hunters and how to tighten those groups

Straight-walled cartridge rifles dominate the regular gun season with hunters happy to put down their shotguns. They scooped up the initial offerings coming to market. It seemed reasonable at the time to think any rifle would be better than a shotgun..

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Ohio sauger fishing is a challenge; here are some tips

I needed time to think it over.
I thought I knew what I was doing. Fishing for saugeye turned out not like I expected. I figured it to be the same as the Lake Erie walleye I grew up with in the Western Basin. Catching them proved far different from raising them. Seven years of aquaculture with walleye and saugeye failed to bridge the gulf between fisheries biology and animal behavior.

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The tried and true shotgun for deer still fits

Data gathered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife suggested 66% of deer hunters carried shotguns during the 2015 regular gun season. Though not recent data, the number interested me at the time, what with 2015 being the second season for legal straight-walled cartridge firearms for deer.

Before the cartridge regulation change, I had gone back and forth on what to carry for the gun season. From muzzleloaders to the occasional bow and arrow, there has to be a better way, like other hunters, perhaps. I had been thinking it was the gun, not me.

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Here’s how to catch Illinois’ saugeyes in the fall

A seasonal mystery it is, saugeyes in the fall. Finding them can be as bad or worse than summer saugeyes, a most difficult feat for me. Perseverance to stay with it can be tough; it can take all day. Other species hitting the line with ease make for a tempting distraction.
I am learning the quirks needed for success in the fall, some obvious, some not so much. The learning never ends, probably why it is so much fun. 

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Adult on-set hunter Samantha Miller hones her outdoor life one hunt at a time in Ohio

Every once in a while, you come across someone who cuts their own path. Samantha Miller is one of those people, blazing her way in the outdoors. She has come a long way from such a humble beginning. Her inspiration came while living in rural northwest Ohio and then in northwest Iowa, “where the outdoors is truly part of life.”

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Fall muskies: It’s prime time to go after these big predators

Perseverance is a valuable skill if want to catch muskies in the fall, or anytime for that matter. Steadfast confidence that the time invested will teach you what a muskie is, what it needs from the lake or river you are in, and what it takes to provoke a strike. No getting around time on the water.
Shorter days add urgency as prey species prepare for the coming cold. A change in their behavior is not lost on the predator population. A muskie may be lurking nearby, tucked in a backdrop of cover, waiting. It may not be ready to eat, but prey at point-blank range? Instinct will trigger the reflex.

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