Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hope for Roadless Areas

Field and Stream reports that "On October 20th the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule." This is great news for all average outdoorsmen everywhere. While the focus of the debate was extensively in the west, areas affected stretched from coast to coast. You can see a map of roadless areas here. I'd love to hunt elk out west and a public land do-it-yourself hunt is probably the only way I could ever make it happen. The idea that I could go there, put the miles in and have success, or at least a truly wild experience, gives me hope. Much more likely is an NE deer hunt. The way these guys track deer
has always been appealing. So thanks U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, for hope.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Ohio's Minnesota

Minnesota might well be the "land of 10,000 lakes" full of outdoor opportunities. But SE Ohio has it's own, albeit smaller version. Call it a "1,000 Lakes" and you wouldn't be too far off. It is the American Electric Power company public areas in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio.

All you need is a free lifetime permit and a valid hunting license to access nearly 90,000 acres of land. That's a lot to cover. Combined with Wayne National Forest and state lands nearby and there is abundant opportunity for the average outdoorsman. There's enough that if you work to get away from the roads you'll likely avoid most of the crowds, especially during the week. At least outside of deer gun season. Just make sure to check the most recent AEP maps before venturing out to make sure to don't venture on to private property. You won't likely see any moose. But you won't have to wear snow shoes either.

For more information, call American Electric Power at (740) 962-1205.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Buckeye Sportsman Radio

If you read much about outdoors in Ohio, you'll soon run into the author Dan Armitage. He's one of the best in the buckeye state, not just hook and bullet stuff, but all types of outdoor writing. But you might not have known that he also hosts a weekly outdoor radio show that is also available as a free podcast on his Buckeye Sportsman web site. It's a new favorite of mine and definitely worth a listen.