Ohio – Steve Pollick

Recognizing those who have come before us

Come Friday at 7:11 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, the Sun at “high noon” appears to be at its lowest point on the horizon for those of us living north of the Equator. It will be the Winter Solstice. For ancient northern cultures, which unlike us smug moderns did not think that food came from a grocery store or heat from…

Costas goes overboard on gun control

Sunday’s knee-jerk reaction of nationally prominent NBC sports commentator Bob Costas, who used his halftime segment on ''Sunday Night Football'' to advocate for absolute gun control, is just that, a jerk reaction. Costas used his highly visible broadcaster’s  bully pulpit to beat up on all firearms ownership, this following last weekend's murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who…

Take care of your deer this shotgun season

The Ohio slug-gun deer season is upon us and with it is this plea to please take good care of your deer. Just yesterday, I drove home 700 miles from the western upper peninsula of Michigan, an invited guest to a deer camp in that state’s rifle-season. On the long drive down I-75, our crew watched dozens of pickups zoom…

It's not an opener, but Nov. 6 important for sportsmen

Sportmen and sportswomen in Ohio and elsewhere have an important upcoming date to remember, and it is not an opener to a hunting or fishing season. It is election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. As a body, we outdoors types have clout. As a body that typically characterizes itself as patriotic and true-to-the-bone Americans, we also have a solemn duty to…

Kasich's promise little more than theater

It was all well and good that our Gov. John Kasich made a high-minded pledge to not raid hunting and fishing license dollars given the tough economy, this during a political rah-rah at the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance’s “Save Our Heritage” fund-raiser rally. Well and good theater, that is. But guess what, his was an empty promise. He cannot raid the…

Where are the Dems on sportsmen's rights?

When it comes to hunter and angler issues, where stands the Democratic Party? I recently covered a political “sportsmen’s call,” a trapshoot event in Stark County, where U.S. Sen. John Thune (R., S. Dak.) was walking point for the GOP’s Romney/Ryan campaign. (A feature article on same is set for the Oct. 12 issue of Ohio Outdoor News.) Sen. Thune…

Concern over Asian carp rightly serious

No boaters have been knocked simple by running into a leaping silver carp while motoring on Sandusky Bay or the Sandusky River – yet. Ditto for Maumee Bay and connecting waters. But evidence continues to mount that something is afoot in the trouble department when it comes to a dreaded invasion of fisheries-wrecking Asian carp, especially the bighead and silver…

State park work a long time coming

Better late than never is a way of sending a left-handed compliment to the Kasich administration and state lawmakers for enabling the renovation of the lodge at Burr Oak State Park and lodges and cottages at Hueston Woods and Shawnee state parks. The renovations are being done by U.S. Hotel and Resorts, a private operator that won the management contract…

Endangered species list thankfully grows smaller

The recent completion of a five-year review of endangered species in Ohio and subsequent downlisting of several keys species by the Ohio Division of Wildlife mostly is a positive sign when it comes to the cause of conservation. Rather than being obstructions to so-called “progress,” endangered species need to be regarded as nature’s proverbial canaries in the coal mine, critical…

Hoping more carp DNA is scarce

One can only hope for failure in the current combined efforts of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources in their concerted effort to detect the presence of dreaded Asian carp in western Lake Erie. A year ago, four samples from Sandusky Bay tested positive for bighead carp eDNA, while…