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Thursday, April 18th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

John Tertuliani

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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Winging your way to Ohio’s waterfowl opener

Ohio’s October waterfowl opener is unique in that the weather is nice, a pleasant time to be out duck hunting. Excitement runs high. Nothing like the sounds of a mallard in the distance at sunrise. And the wing beats, you may not even see them yet, but you can hear them.
It just does not get any better than this. To do it right means you cannot drop everything and go when the season rolls around. Here are a couple of things to consider.

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From a modest start, steelhead fishing gets in the blood of Ohio angler

Growing up near the Rocky River, Ken Harper’s interest spanned the usual assortment of species: panfish, bass, and walleyes, to name a few. That was until a steelhead in the early 1980s changed what he thought of fishing. One fish was all it took. He was 19.
It began with a friend of his brother. No one in particular, just a guy who had been talking about a fish called the steelhead. You could catch them in Cold Creek. Harper knew the creek; he caught rainbow trout there. But, if you wanted to catch a steelhead, you had to go at different times of the year.

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Rocky outcrops attract fish: Here’s how to fish them

When I see the outcrop in my favorite lake, my thoughts go back to a smallmouth. It was a cold day in the fall. Dark with rain, one of those precursors to winter I doubt many enjoy. The conditions may have been why the whale decided to hang near the surface past noon. What a thrill, until it threw my jig as it came to the surface.
I look for outcrops in other lakes, places where steep banks enter the water, especially where the outside bend of an old creek channel meets the bank. I often find exposed bedrock entering deep water, in the main basin and the larger bays with tributaries.

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Mid-season Doves: Here’s what to do as the hunting pressure picks up

The work begins as the birds are on to me, no longer flying low where they once did. Not dropping in to the decoys without hesitation. So it goes with each passing day. The easy birds were yesterday.
The birds that fell on opening day were young birds. By October, the birds are older, more apt to be part of the local flocks, rather than transients. The birds look larger as they fly past. Some hunters get caught up in the moment, the larger birds appearing closer than they really are.

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