outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Veteran outdoorsmen, whether they be hunters, fishermen, hikers, or other brands know that the world of nature has the potential of becoming a hazardous place.  And take precautions accordingly.  But this country is filled with folk who live in cities or suburbs and see little more of nature than city park squirrels and the occasional […]

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Spring is coming and when it arrives, plenty of cabin fevered boaters are going to be looking for new places to enjoy their sport.  Some will head for lively spots like Lake Erie, Pymatuning, or Buckeye Lake, but others might be yearning for a quiet place where they can see pretty country and spend a […]

Continue reading about Dillon Lake, Ohio: Great Breaks for Boaters, Outdoorsmen and Their Families

Ask the average outdoorsman what he likes to eat, and he’ll probably say beef, pork, and chicken.  The daring might go for turkey occasionally, taste a bit of wild rabbit, feast on braised venison, but that’s about it.  If you’re in this ho-hum category, food-wise, maybe it’s time you put a little adventure in your […]

Continue reading about Hunter/Fisher's Overlooked Bounty: How to Eat Crayfish, Sparrows, Muskrat, Groundhog, Sheepshead and Carp (if you want to)

Published January 2005 Gardening catalogs have been with us for weeks, and many gardeners, myself included, have already picked out and perhaps received their seeds for the spring planting.  It wasn’t always that way.  Once upon a time most green thumbers gathered seeds from their own gardens, dried and put them away in a cool, […]

Continue reading about Collecting Your Own Vegetable Seeds to Plant: Harvesting from F-1Hybrids and Open Pollinated Plants

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published in December 2004 The deer seasons are nearly over, little hunting is left, except late season rabbits and squirrels, and it’s a long time until spring.  But there’s still a sport worth pursuing, a sport that’s tough and challenging, and is both new and different.  That’s seeking big and hungry coyotes with a predator […]

Continue reading about Calling in Coyotes: Winter Coyote Hunting in Ohio

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published January 2005 It’s been a tough winter for below the dam saugeye anglers.  Heavy snow, ice storms, and far too much rain have seen tailwaters below Charles Mill and Pleasant Hill lakes bank full and muddy far more often than not.  But that’s got to change eventually, and the heavy rains might actually have […]

Continue reading about Ohio Saugeye Anglers: Winter Fishing in Reservoirs and Dams

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published January 2005 It’s been a hard winter so far.  Ice and snow and too much rain makes rooms seem smaller and more confining.  There’s little to do outside, tv is suddenly boring, and even the couch has lost its allure.  So, maybe it’s time you took a trip, someplace with new sports and activities, […]

Continue reading about Ohio Winter Getaway? Try Hocking Hills

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published January 2005 Gardening has always been a useful, table filling, and satisfying activity, but when you’re good at it, what do you do with the excess?  A standard tactic in recent years has been to freeze extra produce, and I routinely freeze green beans, cabbage, sweet corn, and similar vegetables along with some fruit.  […]

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outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

All wild animals are important and should be, but one stands far above all others.  For this animal, much of the country was explored, wars were fought, fortunes were made, and history came to know iron men and their exploits, lengendary figures like Will Sublet, Kit Carson, and Jeremiah Johnson.  That animal is a 30 […]

Continue reading about Historic Ohio Sport: Beaver Trapping

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published January 2005 Good ice has been slow in coming to area farm ponds this winter.  Snow and rain, freezes and thaws, but if that safe 4-5 inches of clear ice hasn’t arrived yet, it surely will soon, and when it comes, a small, but growing fraternity of ice walkers is going to be out […]

Continue reading about Ice Fishing in Farm Ponds: Catching Big Fish Through Little Holes

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published January 2005 Back when my daughter lived in Burgess Hill south of London and hadn’t yet moved to Switzerland, we used to visit her at least twice a year.  And one of my great pleasures was sitting in a chair beside her little backyard water garden.  It was only a couple of feet deep, […]

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outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published January 2005 It’s been a tough winter for would-be ice fishermen.  A little ice at first, then rain, thawing, cold again, heavy snow, and freezing rain, all of which has contributed to treacherous ice on many lakes.  But there simply have to be some cold days this winter and eventually the good 4-5 inch […]

Continue reading about Ohio Ice Fishing Basics: Bait Tips and Where to Fish

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Most farmers would like to have a farm pond on their acreage, and in north central Ohio, literally thousands do.  Some are wonderful places, filled with good sized fish, perfect for swimming, places that draw waterfowl and wildlife in plenty.  Lots of others are too shallow, too weedy, filled with stunted bluegills, good for little […]

Continue reading about Building The Perfect Farm Pond: Experience from Northern Ohio

Published in January 2005 Few people would question that venison is among the best of wild meats.  It’s low fat, and therefore healthy, has no hormones of antibiotics, and tastes as good as beef, according to many, with its own pleasing “wild’ flavor.  Best of all, for many charities, the meat is free and very […]

Continue reading about Hunters for the Hungry: Venison Meat Processing for Charity in Ohio Vocational School

outdoorswithmartin on July 20th, 2009

Published January 2005 We’ve had some bad years recently for major fires.  Severe drought in southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah brought wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres, drove many from their homes, killed untold wildlife creatures, and destroyed millions of trees.  Obviously, fire is bad.  Or is it, at least always? Once […]

Continue reading about Ohio Forest Fires: Are Forest Fires Always Bad?