According to research cited on the National Hunting and Fishing Day website, there are 72 percent more women currently hunting with firearms than there were just five years ago, and teenage girls are the fastest growing segment in the sport shooting market.
Ohio and Michigan both have wildly popular programs that initiate women into a variety of outdoors pursuits, and many females use these “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” workshops to learn archery or how to handle a firearm. Both states have witnessed increases in hunting license sales to females, consistent with the national pattern.
Magee Marsh along Lake Erie east of Toledo has been named the top bird-watching destination in the country as the result of a poll conducted by USA Today. In the newspaper's "10Best contest", Magee Marsh topped the competition from a list of all the heavyweights among birdwatching hot spots. Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) conducted a social media campaign to get out the vote for Magee.
Guide Corneilus Harris from Hocking Hills Adventure Trek hoists a mid-October largemouth estimated at six-pounds plus that came from one of the hundreds of lakes and ponds in the AEP ReCreation Land in southeastern Ohio. After a quick photo, this fish was released healthy and as rambunctious as ever. Harris said near perfect conditions allowed him to catch 16 bass on a recent morning outing, with most of them coming on jigs with plastic trailers and jerkbaits. Harris fished water along the banks that was just 4-to-6 feet deep and he used a slow retrieve and a series of soft jerks.
Pockets of the fatal scourge oak wilt have shown up in Wildwood Metropark, where about 60 trees are infected with the fungal disease. To defend the rest of the Wildwood stock from oak wilt, Metroparks has gone on the offensive with an aggressive program aimed at halting the spread.
Tim Schetter, the director of natural resources for Metroparks, said the trees lost to the blight will be removed and quarantined, and deep cuts will be made in the ground to separate the root systems of healthy trees from those of trees impacted by oak wilt. One of the primary transmission methods for the disease is through root grafts, as the root systems of trees in forested areas merge with those of adjacent trees, providing a route to pass the fungus from one tree to another.
Guide Corneilus Harris from Hocking Hills Adventure Trek shows off a largemouth weighing 5.4 pounds that he seduced out of one of the numerous lakes in the AEP ReCreation Land in southeastern Ohio. On the same early October morning, Harris hooked a couple more in the three-pound class, plus a quartet of smaller bass. All of the fish came on a slow retrieve while using tube baits and working very near the shoreline, in 2-10 feet of water, while fishing from a float tube. As the seasons change and the waters continue to cool, Harris said he goes slow for success.
Adrian College has added bass fishing to its list of fully-funded varsity sports, and equipped the team with two new Ranger boats with Mercury outboards that the Adrian bass fishing team will use for tournaments in the upcoming season. The Ranger Z118C boats are custom painted in black and yellow, the school’s colors, and feature the school’s name and logo in the wrap design. Earlier this year, Adrian hired Seth Borton, a Walmart Bass Fishing league angler, to serve as the team’s coach.
ROCKWOOD, Mich. -- The 67th Annual Pointe Mouillee Waterfowl Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20-21) at the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. With an emphasis on history and fun, the festival features games, raffles, food, prizes, and seminars. All proceeds benefit the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area. To get to the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, take I-75 to Exit 26 (S. Huron River Dr.) and go East. Turn left onto Jefferson and head North. Turn right onto Campau Rd. and follow it back to the State Game Area.
Bret Stram of Bowling Green, now serving in the U.S. Navy and stationed in Hawaii, caught this Northern Pike while on a recent fishing trip to Bright Lake, near Iron Bridge, Ontario. The pike weighed 11 pounds and measured 34-inches, making it the best one Stram has landed. Stram was using a #3 Fire Tiger Mepps Cyclops Spoon. After a quick photo of the smiling angler and the frowning fish, the pike was released.