The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


February 4, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Report highlights fishing’s broad impact


Coyote roundup

This year’s Coyote Open was a definite success. Although not as many as in the past years our hunters brought in 8 yotes all total. The biggest being 39.46 pounds and the smallest checked in at 22.14 pounds.

Chris Winger was the winner in the Dog Division and Nick Stropke in the Open Class. Both gentlemen were of the Amish heritage so no pictures of them are allowable.

My call

Well that’s it everyone, the 2012-13 deer season is officially over as of yesterday. I will print one more deer stats after this one and that should be the final total.

Now, we need to go back over the season figure out what we did wrong, what we did right and try and make next year better. I know I’ve got a lot of planning to do, don’t flip a tractor over on your chest and end up in intensive care for five days.

Figure out what went wrong with my food plots and made them grow weed instead of clover and brassicas. Try and figure out what happened to all the deer in my area, poachers I suspect. Move some tree stands, tune my bow, etc., etc., etc.  

But for now, let’s look forward to spring and the impending spring turkey season, oh yeah! One of my favorite times a year. Of course, any kind of hunting season is my favorite time of the year!


There a couple of wild-game dinners going on in the area, here’s a list of the ones I know of:

Peoples Church, February 23, 2013. Call 466-2020 for more information.

Jefferson Nazarene, March 14, 2013. Call 576-6556 for more information.

Oh, deer!

As of Jan. 29, the deer-harvest stats for Ashtabula County and some surrounding counties are as follows:

Ashtabula — Bucks taken 1619, does taken 2632, button bucks 709 — Total 4,960.

Geauga — Bucks taken 609, does taken 1163, Button bucks taken 320 — Total 2,092.

Lake — Bucks taken 304 does taken 545, button bucks taken 137 — Total 986.

Trumbull — Bucks taken 1117, does taken 1782, button bucks taken 627 — Total 3,526.

State — Bucks 80,579, does 110,905, button bucks 25,762 — Total 217,246.

Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at

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