Tuesday, June 6th, 2023
Tuesday, June 6th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Pollick

A look at all we lose, and sometimes find again, in our outdoor pursuits

The Great Vault of Lost and Found Outdoor Gear must lie in a remote mountain valley somewhere, and if we ever find that spot what a trove it will hold.
I am not talking about the odd pair of wool socks left at a fish camp in northern Canada, or a moth-eaten old sweater missing from the duffel after a cross-country ski trip. I am talking real stuff – say, a spare fly rod inadvertently left by a stream, hiking boots tied and hanging on a mountainside tree, or even, perhaps, that backup hunting rifle you took to elk camp.

Big news in efforts to control invasive grass carp in Ohio’s Sandusky River

Big things are under way this spring in northwest Ohio’s scenic Sandusky River, as in the search for 30- to 40-pound “big things” known as grass carp.
And that’s not all. The popular walleye and white bass runs now reach 38 miles upstream from Sandusky Bay, all the way to Pioneer Mill Dam in Tiffin, according to Ohio Wildlife District 2. These greatly extended runs have been possible since the demolition in 2018 of the infamous Ballville Dam at Fremont, 22 river miles below Tiffin.

Outdoors folks have opinions on Bigfoot

My brother and I hunted deer in a couple of remote, heavily timbered and brushy valleys in Hocking County for many years, and every time he did a walk through a certain stand of big white pines – “the ones down by the old shack” – his neck hairs stood on end.

Where oh where has the wild turkey gone in Ohio?

The last wild turkeys that I “saw” in my creek bottom – via a trailcam photo – was on March 5, 2022. Since then nada, nothing, no birds, despite searching all around my bailiwick for evidence.
For years prior, I had wondered when, or whether, these great gamebirds finally might make their way into my western Sandusky County creek bottom – one of the last areas of Ohio to see their resurgence in a classic wildlife management tale. But it happened about four years ago.

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