Steve Pollick

Be tick smart in the Ohio outdoors

Something – a biting insect for sure – had marched down my forearm and punched in a string of tiny bites. I never even noticed the minor “attack” until, overnight, a reddish-purplish blob about two inches long raised up on the skin. It was not sore, painful, or itchy, and I felt no symptoms of distress. So I watched it…

Sight of buffleheads soothes on a cold winter’s night

A waterfowler’s season is never over, even when the trusty, weatherbeaten old shotgun is cleaned and racked and the bags of decoys and other paraphernalia of the trade are stowed in the barn for winter. That is because waterfowlers, duck and goose hunters, never stop watching the sky and sniffing the air, looking, looking, looking. They are, in their own…

Be wary of ticks in the deer woods this season

It is a little thing, easily ignored, overlooked, or forgotten, but potentially with big consequences – a bite from an infected tick. And while disease-bearing ticks can be a problem year-round, deer hunters should be especially wary. We spend long hours in the woods, deep off trails, often in heavy cover, and often with back and head propped again a…

Deer ‘stakeholders’ group does due diligence

In these early days of deer season in the Northern Zone, numerous hunters are putting their boots on the ground trying to locate doe groups and buck sign like rubs and scrapes and even bedding areas. If you find all of these attributes then you know you have a buck to hunt, and that’s all a backwoods hunter can ask…

Ohio-based bird group questions study on wind farm

Oak Harbor, Ohio — The proposed Icebreaker/LEEDCo offshore wind project, which would place up to six huge wind turbines in central Lake Erie, eight miles from downtown Cleveland, poses a significant hazard to both birds and bats moving across or living on the lake, says the Oak Harbor-based Black Swamp Bird Observatory. BSBO recently issued a position statement on Icebreaker,…