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Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, May 20th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Pollick

Steve Pollick: Refitting an old air rifle

My latest foray into firearms rehabilitation, an old .177 air rifle, is all my buddy Fred Haubert’s fault.
Fred, who lives in eastern Pennsylvania, called to say he finally had had it with the array of pesky rodents, especially the likes of chipmunks, that were burrowing everywhere, getting up under house siding and pigging out at bird feeders. So, he broke down and bought a scoped .177 air rifle.

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Steve Pollick: Tending to Froggy Bottom Creek a labor of love

Maybe the spirit of George Palmiter is smiling down on me this spring from the Great Stream in the sky. I could use the help.
Palmiter, who died a dozen years ago, was nationally known as the “River Rat” and celebrated for his low-tech, minimalist “green” method of keeping streams free-flowing without the need for bulldozers, backhoes, and other destructive machinery that too often has turned creeks and rivers into channelized, barren ditches devoid of habitat.

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Steve Pollick: Seasonal frog songs a wake-up call for humans

Each of us outdoors folks has a special sign that announces “Spring!” to us like nothing else. It may be the sequential emergence of various ephemeral wildflowers, from skunk cabbages and spring beauties to trout lilies, violets, may apples and many more.
It may be the gobbling of wild tom turkeys, the appearance of morels, or an influx of avian migrants from waterfowl to songbirds. Warming weather, running steelhead, walleye and white bass and more.
For me, however, nothing says “Spring!” like the singing of hosts of American toads.

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Steve Pollick: Get a leg up now on next deer season

For many outdoors folks in Ohio, March and the coming of spring means the running of walleyes, white bass, and steelhead up various Lake Erie tributaries, or walleye jigging on the western Erie reefs. But for others, it’s “deer season.”
It is deer season in the sense that avid hunters, especially those with an eye to improving their property and their odds come fall, can make good use of the still “open” woods.

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Steve Pollick: Wildlife, wild plants and weather — it is all connected

You can know that spring is just around the corner without bothering a glance at a calendar, just by watching signs of change in nature.
Sure, the official beginning of spring, by astronomical calculations, is March 19 at 11:06 p.m., Eastern Time. That is when the sun crosses the “celestial equator,” an imaginary plane that extends into space from the Earth’s Equator. It is called the vernal or “green” Equinox – for roughly equal portions of night and day. But wildlife, fish, and wild plants have their own schedules.

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Get to know Ohio’s Maumee and Sandusky rivers, waters that walleye anglers will soon flock to

This is a tale of two state scenic rivers in northwest Ohio, the Sandusky and the Maumee, both of which will be garnering lots of angler attention in the next three months because of their popular spring spawning runs from western Lake Erie, with the first run of walleyes and then of white bass.
The story revolves around what is happening because of a dam that is no longer there, on the Sandusky, and a “dam” that is there, but “not really there,” on the Maumee.

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Buzzards’ early return to Ohio a sign of an early spring?

Myth has it that turkey vultures return to Ohio when the state greens up. On the way home from town, just passing the old quarry, I could hardly believe my eyes – buzzards soaring! So soon, on Feb. 8!
In all my 50 years of watching these great soaring raptors – more properly known as turkey vultures – around Froggy Bottom environs, I have not seen them return for spring so early.

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Jim Abrams pens history of the Ohio Division of Wildlife

It is surprising to learn that the first woman to serve as an Ohio game warden, Rosetta Zimmerman, patrolled 25 miles a day on horseback in the state’s southwestern bailiwicks, a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver on her hip and a long knife on her belt – a century ago.
Or that fish reared in state hatcheries early on were delivered in a special railroad box car dubbed the “Buckeye Fish Car” and emblazoned with “Fish and Game” on each side. Those anecdotes and more are part and parcel of Jim Abrams’ new volume, A Crusade for Conservation.

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Steve Pollick: Much good came from a sad loss of a black walnut tree

Spooky Tree was a landmark in my little rural bailiwick, and it stood for decades at the edge of a neighbor’s farm field across the ditch on the township lane that winds back toward town.
It was a black walnut, shaped and sculpted by winds and storms over its time. Each fall, some neighbor would park on the berm and fill baskets with the richly aromatic walnuts and haul them off to their purposes.

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