Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine serves the outdoor community in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The quarterly magazine is built around features on hunting, fishing, boating, camping, trapping and issues of concern to outdoors enthusiasts. We try to keep coverage local and always relevant to our readers. Besides feature articles, we present news and opinion, news from Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Game Commission and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, a calendar of events throughout the area, reviews of new products, letters to the editor and more. Our writers and photographers, both local and national, are known throughout. Many of our contributors have earned several craft awards for their work and are the best in the business. Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine was founded in 2001. Ogden Newspapers purchased the publication in 2006. Larry Claypool took over as Publisher/Editor at OVO in January 2007. Claypool, a lifelong Ohio Valley resident, is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He has 29 years of experience in the publishing industry. Claypool spent 14 years as a sports writer, photographer and beat writer at The Review newspaper in East Liverpool, Ohio. He has won several Associated Press writing and photography awards. His work has appeared in several national and regional magazines and publications. Since coming to OVO, Claypool has earned First Place and Honorable Mention in the Best Group or Series of Photographs category in the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2015 Craft Improvement Awards contest. The winning entry was titled, "Running a Trapline From a Jon Boat". The Hon. Mention entry was named, "Student Angler League Opener". He's also won the Conservation Communicator of the Year Award (2012) from the League of Ohio Sportsmen, "Best Radio Show" Special Recognition (2012) from Outdoor Writers of Ohio and Outstanding Media Achievement Award (2008) from the Outdoor Writers of Ohio. He is a member of Outdoor Writers of Ohio and Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association. In May of 2009, the OVO staff began producing a monthly outdoor newspaper, Ohio Valley Outdoor Times. The Times is a FREE publication with a current circulation of 10,000 per month. Since April of 2012, we've also produced the Mid-Ohio Valley Outdoor Times, which 5,000 copies are distributed in the Parkersburg, WV and Marietta, OH area.
OVO can also be found on social media, including; Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter. Many of our gun reviews (by Bill Waugaman) have more than 100,000 views each. Some of our Pinterest boards are some of the most popular on the web, including; "Hunting Dogs" and "Wild Game Recipes".
Tracy Bissell is the Sales Executive. He is a veteran of print and media sales.
Linda McKenzie, Graphics Designer, brings 30+ years of experience to the staff. She's the veteran of our staff and also is a liaison for the OVO Pro Staff.
Our contributing writers and photographers are well-known throughout the Ohio Valley region and North America. Many write for national magazines and other publications as well. They include: Vernon Summerlin, Freddie McKnight, Robert Loewendick (Ohio Field Editor), Travis Hunt, Jeff Knapp, Ralph Scherder (Pennsylvania Field Editor), Steve Sorensen, Brenda Layman, Jack York, Tommy Kirkland, Brian Miller, John Hageman, Jack Kiser, Bill Waugaman, Laura Bell, Doc Roberts, Mike Gordon, Curt Grimm, Grey D. Berrier II, and Paul Liikala. In the fall of 2009 we added a 10-member volunteer Pro Staff. The current members are: Doc Roberts, Marvin McKenzie, Dan Large, Denny Fetty, Jonathan Parsons, Chris Green, Mike Gordon and Travis Hunt.