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Global Warming? Let's Go Ice Fishing!

February 5, 2010
By Larry Claypool, OV Times Editor
It’s about time we got a ‘real’ winter around here — snow and cold temperatures that hang around for a while. Global warming? We can give that phrase a break for a while. I guess the weatherman would say we were stuck in an Arctic blast cycle. March and the spring thaw is right around the corner, right? And I can look forward to using that new fly rod and reel I got for Christmas.

The most recent cold snap hit much of the country too. My daughter lives in Florida and reported — I think she was complaining — that she had to cover her lime tree to prevent frost damage. I told her I didn’t feel sorry for her because of the cold temperatures we were experiencing — highs in the mid-20s, lows in the teens. That’s O.K. for this region, but I can see the price of orange juice going up because of Florida’s icy woes.

The ‘winter’ weather, hopefully, will allow for some extended ice fishing in the region — finally! (See Page 21 for some important ice fishing safety tips.)

For hunters, and fisherman, this also is the season for outdoor sports shows. The sluggish economy has hurt attendance — and purchases — at most sports shows the past few years. I expect much of the same for the 2010 shows. We could be surprised though and things could start to pick up. What could help that? Cabin fever. The extended cold, snowy weather we’ve had might just be the thing to help boast attendance for many outdoorsman who are ready to ‘get out of the house’. We’ll see.

If you have a particular sports show that interests you, make sure to mark your calendar (we’ve provided a list of shows on Page 18) and support that event. Some shows have cut back, even been dropped, because of poor attendance the last few years. They need your support, and so do the vendors who attend the shows. You can visit the OV Times staff at the Allegheny Travel and Outdoor Show (Feb. 17-21) in Monroeville, PA and Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo (March 19-21) in Columbus, OH.

If you have an opinion you’d like to share about sports shows (maybe offer a suggestion), please feel free to write or email us. We’d be interested in hearing our reader’s thoughts on the subject. (See our contact information on Page 6.)

The Ohio Taxidermy Championships, featured on Page 16, should be on everyone’s calendar. The event again will feature the top taxidermist’s work in the state and is open for public viewing on the final day (March 28). This year’s event will be held in Mansfield, OH on March 26-28.

One of last year’s OTA winners, a deer mount by Ed Piaskowski of Massillon, OH, went on to claim national and world titles (OV Times October 2009).

Has a trip to the library, book store or magazine rack ever acquainted you with a new friend for life? Yes the guy next to you leafing through every outdoor magazine on the rack has similar interests, but advancing a casual conversation to a level of ‘lifetime friend’ while the wife is shopping for bread and milk wouldn’t happen too often in the fast-paced environment we live in today.

One chance meeting at a local store’s magazine section led to a pair of traditional archers to become great friends. Writer and OVO Pro Staffer Doc Roberts explains how he met local archery guru Bryon Dray while killing time in Walmart (Page 19).



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