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December 30, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Free hard-water fishing seminar

Are you fighting cabin fever before it even begins to truly set in? If so, fish the hard water when many other anglers are sitting inside and simply dreaming of catching slabs from their favorite lake!

Join experts from the ODNR Division of Wildlife for a free ice fishing workshop on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. The evening will take place indoors at Wildlife District Three, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron.

Topics to be covered during the two-hour workshop will include: planning and preparation, equipment usage, fish identification, and safety.      

The workshop is free but pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Call Ken Fry, Division of Wildlife, at (330) 245-3030. To read more about ice fishing in Ohio, visit www.wildohio.com.

Late-season success

Let’s face it, we all like to hunt during the rut; after all that’s when most of the big bucks are harvested. But in all actuality, that is the period during the season when we spend a lot more time in the woods as compared to when the rut is not taking place. So how can you take more bucks when the rut is not happening?

Early season stupidity

First, consider why bucks get harvested during the rut — hey get stupid and break their normal, secretive routines. In other words, those who have been hunting the big doe trails and hangouts connect with a buck that wasn’t there at any other time of the season. A lot of times, it’s the blind squirrel that finds the acorn. Usually, a guy who wasn’t even hunting a big buck and just stumbled upon him by being in the right place at the right time.

Hunt smarter

It’s pretty simple, when you think about it. Bucks, especially big bucks, are mostly nocturnal; they don’t travel the heavy doe trails; they don’t move around more than they have to; and they stay close to escape routes. So if you’re targeting mature bucks, you have to hunt accordingly.

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