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June 15, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: It's a date!

Season specifics for 2013-2014 hunting, trapping announced

(Continued)

First-time campers

Ohio State Parks will offer families an opportunity to experience camping for the first time with all the gear provided, along with helpful tips from experts, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “Camping 101” weekends are scheduled for June 21-23 at Alum Creek State Park, June 28-30 at Deer Creek State Park, July 12-14 at Buck Creek State Park and July 19-21 at Delaware State Park.

Up to 10 families, or groups up to six, can participate in each Camping 101 weekend. The Camping 101 participants get two nights of camping at a discounted rate of $20 per night, plus some meals, and free use of camping equipment including a six-person tent, sleeping bags, camp chairs, cooler, cook stove and skillet. Each Camping 101 group will be assigned to their own scenic campsite with a picnic table and fire ring, with campground restrooms and showers nearby. This program is specifically targeted for families who are interested in learning how to camp.

Camper hosts at the participating parks will offer help for the first-time campers on the basics, such as campsite set-up, outdoor cooking and building a campfire. Other activities planned for the weekend include nature programs and hikes, family fishing and movies at the campground amphitheater.

Interested persons can register by calling (614) 265-7077 or sending an email to jean.backs@dnr.state.oh.us with their preferred date and location. Participation is limited to the first 10 groups to sign up for each location on the specified date.

“Explore Your Parks” is a nationwide program sponsored in Ohio by The North Face. In addition to providing the camping gear for the Camping 101 program, The North Face stores in Columbus and Cleveland are also offering discount coupons for 25 percent off camping at any Ohio State Park with purchase of a product.  

Becoming a deer farmer II

“Let’s get back to the basics.” No matter whether you’re in business, sports or any other endeavor, you’ve probably heard that suggested from time to time. And the reasons are simple: first, the basics are what we build on as we go farther and learn more no matter what our pursuit, and second, later steps depend on earlier steps having been taken, properly and in order. The same holds true when setting hunting properties up with food plots.

 There are four basic steps that should be followed if we are to get the best possible results from our food plot efforts. Here are those four steps, which we set out in Part 1 of this article. We covered steps (1) and (2) in Part 1 of this article. Now let’s build on those first two steps.

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