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Mountz a trailblazer for wildlife division

Posted on January 18, 2013

Steve PollickA trailblazer in the ranks of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and wildlife agencies across the country, Vicki Mountz, trades a desk for a bowhunting treestand today as she retires from a distinguished career.

Mountz was the first commissioned female watercraft officer in the ODNR, and later continued with more than 25 years in the department, including many years as head of the information and education section the ODNR’s Division of Wildlife. In 2011, while the Kasich administration began its erratic path to choosing ODNR administrators, Mountz served as acting chief of the wildlife division, a post that ultimately went to a man, now Scott Zody, after a game of musical chairs.

It was a shame that Mountz was not made chief permanently, but such is the game of political favoritism at that level of government. She would have been a great one, given her can-do, cooperative approach. None of which takes away one bit from her achievements in what too often was, and sometimes remains, a man’s world.

Mountz is the real deal. A monster buck she bow-killed in Franklin County once graced the cover of the digest of state hunting and trapping regulations, along with her smiling face. That was just the tip of her hunting iceberg.

She also was the long-time host of the cooking segment of the Wild Ohio television program, which brought us many wild game chefs and recipes over the years. Along the way she also was a licensed Lake Erie charter skipper, and an editor of hunting and fishing magazines. She both talked the outdoors talk and walked the outdoors walk.

So, a special tip of the hunting hat today to Vicki Mountz, trailblazer, fellow hunter, friend.

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