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  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni By the third week of February, I start thinking about preparing for the upcoming fishing season. When I did it as a kid, all I needed was a couple of cane poles, a can of hooks, and maybe a spool of line. When I turned ten, I acquired my . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni As I look back over my writing career and watch it start to wind down, I try to reflect on why I spent 50 years putting pen to paper. First, I was always interested in the outdoors and felt a drive to write about it. Next, I found that . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I enjoy fishing tournaments, but I never take them seriously enough to include winnings in my financial budget. Don’t get me wrong, I would never turn my back on a paycheck earned from fishing. It’s just not at the top of my priority list, and I don’t have huge . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni My Christmas tree is still up, I planned on writing about ice fishing this week, I haven’t seen sunshine in over a week, and suddenly it’s February. This time of year is depressing to a lot of people. Some blame it on cabin fever, others blame it on light . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The blue/green algae problem at GLSM was as sour as any lemon. With the catastrophic events of 2010 blowing the local recreational industry out of the water, it was a great time for many locals to gripe, complain, and blame. The press found it convenient to focus on a . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’m trying to plan my outdoor agenda for 2020 and am having a hard time for some reason. First, I can’t really get in the mood. I’m a four-season person and planning works better for me during the harsh days of winter. Since we really haven’t had any winter . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Like many others, I like to start off the New Year with positive vibes. For example, I ushered in 2020 by going to church twice in the same day. That’s definitely not me, but the skies didn’t part, a bolt of lightning didn’t smoke me, and I accomplished what . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I started writing an outdoor column in 1969. I hope that figures out to 50 years ago. Regardless, for most of them I’ve written a late December piece about the year that was or the year that might be. Whenever I tried to predict the future, I usually got . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I’ve been writing a Christmas gift column of some sort for half a century. Guess what? Things have changed a lot in 50 years. I yanked a column from December 1970 that pretty much reflects how simple things were back then. If you were a hunter, I suggested insulated . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni Another winter is on the horizon. If the chillier weather hasn’t been a big enough hint, just check out the holiday blitz we’re experiencing. We ended November with Black Friday and started December with Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is the new kid on the block stoking generosity around the . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni By virtue of longevity, I’ve seen more hunting seasons than the average kid on the block. I never developed into the best woodsman, the best marksman, or the best hunter. I doubt if I could track a wounded deer…I never tried, and I definitely can’t use a duck caller. . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I grew up hunting rabbits and pheasants not by choice but by circumstances. Although never a pheasant hunting hotspot like some of our adjoining counties, there were always enough birds in Auglaize County to guarantee a flush or two during a day afield. Also, to be fair, I’m sure . . read more

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