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October 29, 2007

Governor samples exotic dishes at area banquet

By JOHN GOODALL Tribune Chronicle

Tribune Chronicle / Steve Schenck
Denny Malloy, left, of Kinsman, greets Gov. Ted Strickland Thursday night at the Whitetails Unlimited Mahoning Valley Chapter’s annual banquet in Canfield.

CANFIELD, OH — Gov. Ted Strickland said he grew up eating squirrel.

That wasn't on the menu Thursday at the Whitetails Unlimited Mahoning Valley Chapter’s annual banquet.

But there were plenty of other options, including elk, ostrich, bear, pheasant and alligator. Strickland, an outdoorsman and supporter of hunting and fishing, said he might have to sample most of them.

"I'm here for the Whitetails Unlimited dinner," the governor said at the fundraiser held at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm's McMahon Hall. "I'm here to promote the enormous contribution that sportsmen make to Ohio’s economy."

An estimated 500,000 people hunt each year in the state, creating a $1.5 billion impact, the governor said.

Ohio ranks fourth nationally in the number of jobs associated with the hunting industry.

Strickland said 1.4 million people fish in Ohio, generating $1.8 billion in sales of equipment, fuel, food and lodging. The governor was casually attired for the evening, mixing easily with the camouflaged hunters. He wore a brown sweater vest and blue jeans.

The governor knelt on the floor for some time, talking to a little girl sitting and stroking the coats of two black lab puppies.

A video of Strickland's turkey hunt this spring in Trumbull County with Outdoors National Hall of Fame inductee Alex Rutledge, was shown to the crowd of at least 100 people that attended the function. Rutledge has appeared on the Hunter's Specialties DVD series Prime Time in Bucks, Cutt'n & Strutt'n and Prime Time Bulls, as well as the Hunter's Specialties Outdoors television show on TNN, ESPN and others.

Prizes were handed out to those at the fundraiser. Proceeds raised will be donated to deer processing and breast cancer research, Dennis Malloy, Ohio field director for Whitetails Unlimited, said. Whitetails Unlimited, founded in 1982, is a national nonprofit conservation organization that deals with issues involving whitetail deer and their habitat.

Article Courtesy of Tribune Chronicle



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