John Martino

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Martino is a well-known outdoor writer throughout Indiana and has served as longtime outdoor columnist for the Kokomo Tribune newspaper. Martino has won numerous awards for both his writing and his service to youth, conservation and the community. He recently retired as Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the City of Kokomo and now works as Ivy Tech Executive Director for Facilities for the Kokomo region.

A Christmas Rifle

It was the strangest thing, almost eerie. It was 2004 and a week before Christmas when I walked into my office to begin penning this weekly outdoor column. A copy of “Sporting Classics” had fallen off the cluttered shelves. Picking it up from the floor it had mysteriously opened...

Why Do People Hunt?

Why do some people enjoy hunting? And what is it about our special pastime the uninformed, politically correct or anti-hunters find offensive? As hunters, being able to properly explain why we go afield is just as important as successfully taking wild game. We need to have good answers when family,...

Black Bear Sightings Becoming More Frequent

Back in the day, black bears were historically abundant across Indiana and sightings were common. There were good numbers throughout the Hoosier state with the exception of the northwest portions where prairie areas dominated the rural landscape. Unregulated hunting and habitat loss caused black bears to be eliminated from...

Lessons learned through hunting

Following a meeting of outdoor representatives, a group of us stood around swapping stories of hunts gone by. That’s when one young man asked “John, what are some of the things hunting has personally taught you?” That’s a great question, and to be honest, one that caught me off...

Hunting Will Always Be Valuable

Go to any town during the opening morning of deer season and you will likely find a group of hunters gathered at a local diner. Even small towns where there is nothing more than a rail crossing, grain elevator and a dwindling main street have their own gathering place...

Idaho Doesn’t Disappoint!

It doesn’t matter how good of shape you are in. A hike through the Idaho wilderness challenges everyone. But the spectacular scenery keeps you moving forward, regardless of what your lungs and legs say. The trip actually began to come to fruition early last spring with a phone call from...

Does social media hurt or help hunting?

Prior to 2000 who could have fathomed this thing called social media. With a click of a mouse we can upload pictures and comments for the entire world to see. So is this good or bad for the tradition of hunting? It’s no secret that roughly ten percent of the...

Special Hunt Aimed at Special Kids

Each year during the final weekend in September, magic takes place in rural Cass County. It has nothing to do with illusions or sleight of hand and it’s no coincidence it takes place during Indiana’s special youth only deer hunting season. For some children with physical or emotional challenges the...