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    Scott and Drew Bullock won the March Catmaster Tournament at GLSM
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    Boaters are discovering the Chickasaw boat ramp at GLSM
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    Dan Hickey with early season Lake Loramie crappies
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    March channel cats at GLSM
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    This young turkey needs to get smarter before opening day
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    It’s tournament time for bass fishermen

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  • 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

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The 2019 Ohio upland game season opened Friday, and I doubt if more than one or two rabbit hunters could be found busting cover in Auglaize County. To be quite honest, this part of the state was never a prime rabbit or pheasant area, but back in the day, . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni On Tuesday, October 14, 1969, Forda Birds wrote his first outdoor column for the Leader. It was about waterfowl hunting and the season opener…who would have suspected that. Since this is the 50th anniversary of that column and it’s still timely, I thought I’d share what I had to . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni I had a little extra time last week to contemplate the grand scheme of things as I sat looking at the walls in the ICU at our local hospital. I expect there are questions after you read the previous sentence, but since this isn’t social media, I can’t respond . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni September 28 is National Hunting and Fishing Day, an annual celebration that has been around since 1972. On May 2, 1972, President Nixon signed the first proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing, “I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our . . read more

  • Outdoors with Forda Birds—By John Andreoni The Ohio bow season opens next Saturday, September 28, and runs for the next four months give or take. That’s a long season for bow hunters and crossbow hunters to enjoy their sport. I’m not too sure how many arrow slingers are sitting in tree stands in late January, . . read more

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