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What Will 2013 Bring?

January 7, 2013 - Larry Claypool
Two Thousand Thirteen. We made it. The world didn’t end in 2012, like some thought. So here we start a new year, a hopefully lucky 2013. What will the new year bring for the outdoorsman/woman? Will this be the year you harvest that “trophy” deer that’s eluded your hard work for years? Will you put together everything it takes to lure that big buck to your stand, and will you make that perfect shot? What will you resolve to do better/differently in 2013? Here’s some ideas: Help a friend clean his old gun. Join or rejoin your local sportsman’s club. Take a youngster with you too. Also consider taking a kid hunting or fishing in 2013. Hunt, or scout out an area that’s new to you. It might provide an exciting and new place to hunt. While you can control many of the things you do outdoors, or how you go about them, some things are out of our control. Who knows where the price of guns and ammo will end up this year? And what about gun control regulations? Already, in late 2012, the availability of AR15s became scarce. And .223 ammo is getting hard to find. Yes, the prices are up too. Already gun shows this year have been very busy, and that should continue. The shortage of some guns and ammo will be the main topics of conversation though. In some parts of the country (see article on Page 13 of OV Times, January issue) some gun shows are being canceled or curtailed. This is in direct response to the tragic school shooting in Connecticut last month. If you’re going to a gun or sports show this year you may want to check in advance if the event is still going on as planned and if there are any special changes or requirements for visitors. New technology for 2013 should continue to amaze us. We’ve already been flooded with digital overload in our daily lives with smart phones and tablets, and now it’s spilling over into the field. You can now put a GPS spot on everything from a deer scrape in the middle of the forest to sunken tree in the middle of a 1,000-acre lake. It doesn’t stop there though, and the technology will only get better. I think it’s already come time that we occasionally need to Detox from these electronic devices. A hike in the woods or scouting mission without a “smart” phone would work. Take your GPS though. As another year rolls in we’re definitely closer to allowing the invasive species Asian carp into the unwanted waters of Lake Erie. It’s scary to think about this fast-growing and aggressive fish taking over Lake Erie, but it could happen. If it does, it will crush fishing and the fishing trade in Lake Erie as we know it.


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