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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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  • Spartans knock around Dragons

    After being cooped up in gymnasiums for the better part of the season so far, the Conneaut and Lakeside softball teams were just happy to get onto a diamond. Playing for the first time in nearly a week, the Spartans toppled the Dragons, 11-2, Thursday afternoon at Lakeside.

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  • PV can’t get past Mathews

    Thursday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the visiting Mathews Mustangs were able to do what every coach hopes for — execute. They played a clean game from start to finish in every facet of the game, and that carried the Mustangs to an 8-2 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    BASEBALL
    NAC
    Matthews 8, PV 2
    at PV

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    FRIDAY, APRIL 18
    Baseball

    Geneva at Edgewood (11)
    Niles McKinley at Edgewood (5)
    Conneaut at Lakeside (4:30)
    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Softball
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
    Tennis
    Conneaut at Madison (4)

    April 18, 2014

  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: ‘Kids’ stuff’ spurs great responses

    I’m often caught more than a bit off-guard by what stories, features or columns generate responses from you, Loyal Readers, much more so than those who do not.
    For example, the column that appeared in this space a couple of days ago regarding things yours truly and my buddies did as kids prompted more than a few responses.
    A sampling, many of which were posted on my Facebook page:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • kyle GANG GREEN

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    THURSDAY, APRIL 17
    Baseball
    Grand Valley at Maplewood (4:30)
    St. John at Lawrence (4:30)
    Mathews at PV (4:30)
    Fairport at Perry (7:30)
    West Geauga at Madison (4:30)
    Harvey at Riverside (4:30)
    Jefferson at Harding (5)

    April 16, 2014

  • Olivia In transition

    Pymatuning Valley graduate Olivia Holt had a distinct reason she chose to play basketball for Mount Union.
    “They do have tradition,” Holt, the daughter of Gus and Michelle Holt, said. “I’m from PV. We had a tradition of winning and working hard there. I wanted to go somewhere that tradition mattered. I knew I was going to get better by coming here.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Spring has sprung one big leak

    Paying a Wednesday morning visit to the variety store...

    Think spring?
    If this, um, err, uh... spring... feels a bit unusual for high school baseball and softball teams in Northeast Ohio, it is, to a point.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

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