Here are some notable Ohio hunting and fishing leaders, each of whom are setting a great example and fighting for sportsmen and women across the state.
They come from different parts of the state and different walks of life, but Ohioans should be proud to call them their own.
Here are four notable hunting and fishing leaders from the great state of Ohio. If we missed someone, leave us a comment below and tell us why they should be included.
In the hunting world, Tom Miranda is a very well-known name. Having grown up in the Buckeye State’s capital of Columbus, Miranda certainly has Ohio blood running through his veins.
He cut his teeth in the outdoors at an early age; throwing clay targets for clay shooters at Walnut Creek Trap Club and running a trapline through middle school and high school. After realizing college was not for him, Miranda moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to build a cabin and work on becoming a full-time trapper.
In 1992, Miranda began hosting Outdoor Adventure Magazine on ESPN. The show is now called Territories Wild and is still airing on The Outdoor Channel. In 2011, Miranda completed his quest to achieve the archery Super Slam of North American Big Game by taking a desert bighorn on camera. He became to first bowhunter to document the entire Super Slam on video.
Bill Lowen is an accomplished angler on the B.A.S.S Pro Tour who is originally from North Bend, Ohio. Lowen has participated in 92 B.A.S.S tournaments so far in his career and has placed in the money in 62 of them.
He has logged two top-two finishes to go along with twelve top-10 finishes. With over 3,200 career pounds of bass caught and nearly $750,000 in winnings, Lowen is certainly one of the top bass anglers from Ohio.
Rob Portman is the Republican U.S. Senator for Ohio and is an avid outdoorsman and lifelong hunter. He is also a gun owner and believes in the right to bear arms and to defend loved ones and property.
He opposes restrictions on the Second Amendment and the NRA has given him a grade of A for his pro-gun rights voting record. Time and time again Portman has supported the rights of law-abiding gun owners and hunters and that is why he is exactly the kind of leader needed in government.
This isn’t the Joe Thomas that any Cleveland Browns fans are thinking of (although the Browns stalwart left tackle could probably be included on this list). This Joe Thomas is a professional angler, author and television host who is a Cincinnati, Ohio native.
At the age of 18, Thomas won the 1980 Ohio B.A.S.S Federation Championship, which served to greatly jumpstart his angling career. He qualified for the Bassmaster Classic four times and continues his professional fishing career to this day. Thomas also is a part of several fishing shows on The Outdoor Channel, play-by-play analyst for Ultimate Match Fishing and host of Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors. In addition, he has an archery hunting show called High Places, also on The Outdoor Channel.