Joe Zaffuto was born and raised in a small town in Central Pennsylvania where he tried his hand at night calling at a very young age. He was only 14 when he called in and killed his first grey fox – a night he still remembers well! He was using his brother’s cassette tape recorder wired to an old car speaker, playing the tune of a crying rabbit. With his Ithaca 12 gauge in one hand and a flashlight covered in red cellophane in the other, he still remembers the glow of those red eyes getting closer and closer, his heart pounding faster and faster. Balancing the shotgun on his knee, trying to hold the light, and getting the shotgun bead between those red approaching eyes took some doing. He took a deep breath, squeezed the trigger, and ended up on his back. After recovering, he walked out 20 yards to find his first predator kill, a nice prime Pennsylvania grey fox.
A passion for deer hunting and both being avid whitetail enthusiasts, Amy & Scott Kuchenbecker started Blue Clay Kennels in 2012 and trained their Labradors in the sport of Shed Antler Hunting. Since then, they have trained a variety of breeds from Wyoming, Louisiana, the MidWest and East Coast. Their dogs have had success not only in the woods, but also compete in shed antler trials across the country. They have been featured on radio shows and publications and have also done several seminars on Shed Antler hunting with your canine. They are located in East Central Ohio and offer shed training, started dogs and puppies.
USCG licensed captain and Ohio licensed guide on Lake Erie for 10 years
Two-time Lake Erie Walleye Trail points champion
Cabela’s MWC championship qualifier
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fisheries science
Chris Skrant began waterfowl hunting in his teens and has spent the last 30 years honing his passion for the outdoors to share with the public. Sharing his knowledge with youth, veterans, and hunters of all experience and ability levels in seminars, and in the field, sets Chris and Flyway Outdoors apart. Chris developed his knowledge guiding in North Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Canada, before returning to Ohio and starting his own guide service. Owner of, Flyway Outdoors, he guides waterfowl, deer, predator, dove, and turkey hunts in Northeast Ohio.
Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, is one of the state’s best-known outdoor writers, with articles appearing in numerous outdoor magazines, including Outdoor Life, In-Fisherman and Field & Stream as well as in various statewide periodicals including Ohio Game & Fish, Ohio’s Country Journal and AAA’s Home & Away magazines.
Through his work and contacts as a full time outdoor writer, Dan keeps Buckeye Sportsman listeners abreast of the latest outdoor news affecting hunters and anglers, and his featured guests each week offer expert advice on everything from calling Ohio turkeys and waterfowl to fishing for crappie, bass or walleye in waters right here in Ohio. In fact, the reason Buckeye Sportsman has become so popular is that each show is carefully targeted to our Ohio audience. Dan is also a popular speaker at the major sport shows in and around Ohio, where he conducts hunting and
fishing seminars every winter. If he is appearing at a show near you this season, please stop by, say hello, and let him know what topics you would like covered on future Buckeye Sportsman shows.
The program is now in its 22nd season on the air, making it the longest-running outdoor radio show in the state. Buckeye Sportsman includes dozens of stations statewide that distribute the program every weekend. Thanks for tuning in!
My wife and I live waterfront on the North bank of Buckeye Lake. I’m a retired union electrician. I do a limited amount of guide trips for saugeye, crappie, bluegill, bass and steelhead trout. I also guide on the Ice for saugeye and panfish. I’ve been doing fishing seminars for about fifteen years. I have worked in partnership with Dan Armitage on many do it yourself boating and fishing gear articles for magazines like USBoats,
Pontoon And Deck Boat and many others. I’ve been a guest speaker on the Buckeye Sportsman radio show many times. I’m known for my knowledge of all types and methods of fishing all over Ohio and around the country. I have a boat in Orlando that I use for freshwater bass and intercostal fishing. I’m lucky to have a daughter and son in law in Orlando working for Southwest Airlines so my wife and I fly free. I have 140 fish Ohio awards and 10 master angler awards. I personally target big fish and believe in catch and release most of the time. I consider myself an on the water teacher and not just a fishing guide. I can be reached at fish683@ aol.com or 614-327-3439 and on Facebook.