The Old Farmers’ Almanac has been published since 1792, making it the longest continuously published publication in America. It came out in September, predicating the upcoming winter weather that is used by farmers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Even before the coastal marshes freeze and waterfowl are forced to roost on remaining open water on the lake, rivers, bays and ponds — grain field hunting can be a great alternative to hunting from waterfront duck blinds.
On Tuesday, the nation goes to the polls to vote for various candidates, issues and levies. Actually, Election Day has evolved into Election Month, ostensibly to accommodate those with questionable time management skills, while allegedly abetting various forms of election abuse.
As waterfowl hunters occupy their blinds on Lake Erie, a nearby tributary, wetland or pond waiting for some ducks or geese to show up, many of them are momentarily alerted when some low-flying birds catch their eye.
In my four years at Northwood High School, I missed exactly four days of classes — each opening day of small game season. I wasn’t playing hooky, because I carried an excused absence slip signed by the principal in my pocket.
Western Lake Erie has the Mississippi and Atlantic Waterfowl Flyways intersecting the region, likely since the time of the Great Black Swamp, which entered the lake from Southwestern Michigan to Catawba/Marblehead.