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There’s a shop in Ohio for all your outdoor activities

EDITOR’S NOTE: Abrams is a sales associate at The Buffalo Trading Co.
With its long tradition of hunting, fishing and outdoor activity, it’s no surprise that Ohio has spawned a number of home-grown suppliers for our sportsmen and sportswomen.
• Ithaca Gun Co. was established in Ithaca, New York, in 1883. In 2005, an Upper Sandusky company purchased Ithaca Guns assets and reintroduced the famous Model 37 shotgun. The company continues in Upper Sandusky.
• Jann’s Netcraft has been providing fishing tackle to anglers for three generations. Located in Toledo, it offers a wide selection of lures, lure-making parts and fly-tying components.
• Rocky Outdoor Gear was founded in Nelsonville in 1932. It develops and manufactures outdoor footwear products and is most famous for its boots, which are available at over 3,000 outlets.
• Appalachian Outfitters was started in Canton in 1988. It’s grown from a small strip-mall shop into a 16,000-square-foot store and rock gym. In 2012, it won the Backpacker Magazine Outdoor Retailer of the Year Award.
• Sportsman’s Den in Shelby is a large outdoor supplies retailer with over 25 years of experience offering a wide selection of equipment for shooters and hunters.
• Based in Mansfield, Hi-Point Firearms offers a variety of firearms for budget-minded shooters. Their American-made products come with a lifetime, transferable warranty.
• Started in 1958 as Armi Sport in Italy, Chiappa Firearms manufacturers a variety of firearms. In 2007, the company opened Chiappa Arms Ltd. in Dayton.
• Ashland’s Fin Feather and Fur Outfitters began in a block building in 1985 and has grown to occupy a 72,000-square-foot building. This miniature Cabela’s offers a wide variety of outdoor products.
Findlay has its own sportsmen’s super-stores that aren’t chain-related.
• Jaqua’s Fine Guns, founded in 1945 by Bill Jaqua, specializes in modern shotguns and rifles. Its Bigelow Avenue location offers trap, sporting clay, skeet, and field guns and organized trap shooting events.
• TNT Firearms on Lima Avenue is a family-owned shop that’s been serving marksmen and hunters for years. They cater to shooters of all types and are always worth a stop.
• Wild West met Findlay with the 2011 opening of The Buffalo Trading Co. on Bright Road. This locally-owned store showcases thousands of square feet of firearms, accessories and an indoor range in a western atmosphere of collectable antiques.
Outdoor enthusiasts have few reasons not to “Shop Ohio.”
Along the Way:
Anthony Lemle, Bowling Green; Nathan W. Kaufmann, Shelby; and Austin Dickinson, Curtice; have been assigned as new state wildlife officers in northwestern Ohio. They’re among 16 cadets who were sworn in as commissioned wildlife officers for the Division of Wildlife on July 3.
Following completion of the 17-week Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training course, the cadets had eight weeks of specialized wildlife officer training.
Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate waterway pollution and protect state property. They also conduct educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on dealing with wildlife.
Lemle attended Bowling Green High School and received an associate degree in forest management from Hocking College.
Kaufmann graduated from Shelby High School in Richland County. He completed an associate degree in fish and wildlife management from Hocking College and a bachelor of science degree in fishery and wildlife management from the University of Idaho.
Dickinson attended Genoa High School in Ottawa County then received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University. He’s assigned to Seneca County.
As a former member of this small, tightly-knit group of professionals, I want to welcome them to their new career.
Step Outside:
• Today: Steel Challenge Shoot, 11 a.m., HCCL, 13748 Jackson Township 168, Findlay.
• Tomorrow: Sporting Clays, opens 8 a.m. UCOA, 6943 Marion Township 243, Findlay.
• July 21: No Child Left Indoors, ages 6-17, 5:30 p.m. 23251 Delaware Township 186, Forest. Contact 419-722-6771; meplesec@coopertire.com.
Abrams is a retired wildlife officer supervisor for the state Division of Wildlife in Findlay. He can be reached at P.O. Box 413, Mount Blanchard, OH 45867-0413 or via e-mail at jimsfieldnotes@aol.com.

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