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Fair Issue Is Right ‘On Target’

September 1, 2009
By Larry Claypool, OV Times Editor
Thanks to a great effort from the staff at OV Times, we’ve been able to expand this newbie publication again. We’ve proudly grown to 28 pages with this issue — our special Fair Issue. We also increased the press run for this issue to provide 5,000 extra copies to be distributed during the Canfield Fair on Sept. 2-7 in Canfield, OH. See us at the Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine booth on Miller Street (a new location for us).

My visit to Canfield last month resulted in the story and photos about On Target Outfitters’ “Kids on Target” Archery Day Camps. Group founder Steve Scott should be applauded for his efforts to get this program going. In only its second year, On Target filled seven summer camp sessions and had several other kids on a waiting list. More than 100 local kids participated in the camps. And this fall the group plans to offer after school programs that will benefit several school children. See the article on Page 23 on the Times.

While Scott and his On Target programs offer opportunities for kids to learn about archery, the FLW Outdoors Professional Fishing Tour hosted its premier bass fishing event, the Forrest Wood Cup, in Pittsburgh, PA in early August and offered a great mix of kid-friendly games and activities around the sport of fishing in its Family Fun Zone. The Fun Zone was part of several activities set up at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh during the four-day pro event. There were two fishing ponds set up, free fishing rods and reels for kids, boat simulators, obstacle courses, a climbing wall, free product samples, seminars, demonstrations and several autograph sessions.

As the for Wood Cup championships, Greg Hackney of Louisiana won the event, taking home a $500,000 cash prize. In a close contest to the end, Hackney claimed the title over well-known Michael Iaconelli of New Jersey by just three ounces.

Local bass tournament angler, Lance Wargo of Toronto, OH, offered his boat during Day Two of the event for me to photograph the pro anglers. After a rainy start to the day, I managed a few decent photographs, but none of anyone catching a keeper. On a slow fishing day, we only saw three small fish caught among a dozen or so boats. The scenery of downtown Pittsburgh from the Three Rivers was great though.

Crossbows in Pennsylvania

The legislators in Pennsylvania are sure taking their time deciding whether crossbows should be legal in the state. They keep changing the rules — really. And now a recent addition (the eighth member) to the Game Commission board of directors should secure a 4-4 board vote on the most recent proposal, which should open up the doors for hunters to use crossbows. Will there be other restrictions? Who knows what the final draft will be. Stay tuned. Bill Waugaman’s article on Page 25 clarifies the issue as it stands now.

Trapping Conventions in Ohio

Though trapping continues to be a tough business these days, mostly because of a sluggish economy not only in this country but worldwide, the state of Ohio remains in the forefront of the industry. Earlier this month the National Trappers Association held its 50th Anniversary Convention in Lima, OH. And in September (11-13), the Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) will host its 2009 convention in Caldwell, OH.

"The OSTA will have a slightly scaled back state convention this year," says President Glenn Wilson Jr., "since we (hosted) the national in Lima. But we always have a group of dedicated members who want a state meet. So we decided to have the event in the eastern part of the state to accommodate those who don't want to drive so far to attend."

Fact Box

We increased the press run for this issue to provide 5,000 extra copies to be distributed during the Canfield Fair on Sept. 2-7 in Canfield, OH.



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