The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


January 7, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Hot for cold-weather hunting?

In Northeast Ohio, it gets cold this time of year, to be blunt, really freakin’ cold!

It has been my experience that bow hunting this time of the year can be brutal no matter how much Thinsulate you have on, no matter how many Hot Hands and Body warmers you have plastered on various parts of your body, it’s freakin’ cold! Heck, the wind chill factor alone can freeze yer nose right off if ya ain’t careful.

Hunker down

All kidding aside, when you hunt on the ground this time of year, you can hunker down behind a tree, a brush pile, a blow down or darn near anything you can find to help block the wind and keep some of your body heat inside your clothes instead of it escaping into never, never land.

A camo popsicle

Now lets go with another scenario. Lets say you’re up in a tree stand anywhere from 10 to 30 feet in the air; it’s awful hard to block the wind when you got nothing around you. Unless you’ve got some sort of blind built around your stand you’re gonna look like a Camo Popsicle after a couple of hours, not a good situation.   

Back in the day

When I was younger, not that I’m that old, well, maybe I’m getting there, none the less, when I was younger I could sit in a tree stand in below freezing weather with the wind howlin’ and not even have a drip come outta my nose. Heck one year I remember arrowing a doe on the last day of archery season, Jan. 31, in -11 degree weather. I will admit I got frostbite on my trigger finger that year and ended up loosing the nail, but it grew back so all was good.

Today, if you were to ask me to head to the wood in those conditions, I’d flat out tell you that you would have a better chance of seeing Bigfoot out there than me!

Text Only
  • Maruna headed for Mount

    LeeAnn Maruna never really expected to play collegiate golf. She was so taken aback when the opportunity presented itself, she didn’t know how to respond. After all, the Grand Valley graduate had only been playing the game for a few years.

    July 23, 2014

  • Crate Late Models featured

    The Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, the premier class at Raceway 7, will be featured Friday night as they race for $1,000 to win.

    July 23, 2014

  • Norm He’s the Norm

    In the early part of the 20th century, as golf was taking off in popularity, it was not uncommon for boys to take up the game after becoming caddies.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: The journey is what’s most important

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard over and over and over how it’s been a half-century since one of Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams have won a championship.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murdick wins as Big Block Modifieds return

    The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with 21 of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.

    July 21, 2014

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Chances for controlled waterfowl hunting

    Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsville gets it done

    In a rematch of a previous softball clash between the Kingsville 9-10-year-olds and those from Conneaut, Kingsville had settled thing quickly and decisively in a mercy-rule triumph.

    July 20, 2014

  • TD Club golf A Chris Larick column: TD Club hopes to score

    Though its life was never seriously threatened, the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club has suffered in recent years.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Don A Don McCormack column: A heartfelt plea to curb violence

    Like everyone who loves soccer — and the rest of us whose interest level rises dramatically every four years when the World Cup comes around — Kevin Meier was appalled at the recent attack of soccer referee John Bieniewicz in Michigan by a player that resulted in Bieniewicz tragically dying.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • valor A valiant effort

    Paralympians from all over the United States experienced three days of competition, education and fun during the Valor Games Gold Medal Camp at Spire this weekend.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video