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Ohio muzzleloader season started Saturday and continues through a half-hour after sunset on Tuesday, and hopefully the weather is more conducive to hunters and hunting than it was...
Have you heard or seen many ruffed grouse lately? If you have not, you are not alone. For those younger folks here in southeastern Ohio...

In the Open

In the Open By Jim Freeman Venison is tasty, and good for you Chances are pretty good, if you have had a successful deer season, that you now find yourself with pounds of venison. Luckily, with locally grown and locally raised food...
Piebald deer. Shoot or don’t shoot? Have you seen any piebald deer lately? Or do you even know what that means? Perhaps you have heard the word “piebald” and wonder what it means, or you have seen a deer, uncharacteristically covered...
While bird-watching season may be long past, owl season is just getting started. A few weeks ago, we noticed this peculiar sound coming from the vicinity of the Woodline over on our neighbors’ property, more specifically it was around dawn...
It doesn’t feel much like fall, but Ohio’s fall hunting seasons are indeed underway. Squirrel season started back on Sept. 1, and hunters I have talked with have reported seeing plenty of squirrels. Ohio’s deer archery season started Sept. 29. It...
Think of a butterfly. If you did, chances are very good the image that popped into your mind was of the familiar orange and black, white-spotted Monarch butterfly. If so, there is a good reason for that – most of...
  If you have lived in southeastern Ohio for any length of time, you have probably heard of Morgan’s Raid through Indiana and Ohio during the U.S. Civil War. However, most people are unaware of the OTHER Confederate Invasion of...
Did you know that Ohio is home to four different species of squirrels? While most people are familiar with the Eastern Gray and Fox squirrels, Ohio is also home to Red and Flying squirrels. The Eastern Gray Squirrel, or Sciurus...
It’s time to break out that gun or bow that’s been sitting in the closet the past eight months or so. It is now August, and that means fairs coming to an end, schools starting back up, football, and...
It is almost becoming commonplace this time of year, the moving of a black bear through our part of the state, and the past few weeks have been no exception with reports of a bear passing through Meigs County. While...
In addition to hamburgers, hot dogs, and fireworks during this past week’s Independence Day holiday, one thing you may have enjoyed, if you were very lucky, was the sight of a Bald Eagle – something that would have been...
A few years ago, there was a lot of discussion on the status of feral swine in Ohio. Although the talk may have settled down, I’m sure that the hogs haven’t disappeared. Just a few days ago, the National Pork...
Dragonflies and damselflies will be the focus of a free program to be held Tuesday afternoon/evening at the Meigs SWCD Conservation Area on New Lima Road between Rutland and Harrisonville. There are over 150 species of dragonflies and damselflies that...
I’ve always been told there is no such thing as a bad kid with a fishing pole in his hand. Now I can’t say that is always true, but for the most part my experiences with kids and fishing...

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