The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


May 5, 2014

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Making a turkey cape


Mike’s Monarch

Mike Petro Jr. had taken a week of vacation off just to turkey hunt and was looking forward to it, but when the season opened, he soon found out that the birds were not gobbling and coming in to the calls as easy as he had hoped they would.

Time running out

It was Friday morning, his last day of vacation, when he got out of bed at 5 a.m. and made his plan for the morning hunt. The weather was around 50 degrees and supposed to be a decent morning before rain in afternoon. He decided he was going to go sit by a cut corn field where he had noticed 2 gobblers strutting two mornings before and see if they might return.

Early setup

Mike was set up by 5:30 sitting about 40 yards in the woods off the field facing into the woods where the turkeys usually roost. About 6:00 Mike heard 2 birds gobbling, but they weren’t in the neck of woods he was in as he had anticipated. They were on the other side of the field and across the road about a half-mile west of his setup. They gobbled about 15 times but by 6:15, they shut up and the woods went silent.


Oh, great, now what? Mike decided to throw a few soft yelps out and see if anything would answer… nothing. What the heck, I’ll just sit quietly and patiently let mother nature take her course, he thought.

Reality check

Mike was daydreaming when at 7, he was snapped back to reality by the roar of a GOBBLE! He wasn’t expecting that and was very surprised, considering how close it sounded, probably only 100 yards away. Then, it gobbled again, but he wasn’t sure which direction it was coming from. He grabbed his Ol Betsy slate call and yelped. He answered back, game on!

Text Only
  • Kaydee Vaulting to The Rock

    When Jefferson’s Kaydee DeVivo first started pole vaulting as a freshman for the Falcons, she knew it was the event for her.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • run VanHoy racing on

    Geneva track star Hailey VanHoy had a near unbelievable run of success during her final months running for the Eagles.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danielle Zip-ing along

    Just minutes after Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson holed out on the 18th green at the Gray Course at Ohio State University during her freshman year to win the 2011 Division I state championship, the recruitment process of where she would go to college began.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

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