According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife fisheries biologists, minor fish kills do not significantly impact fish populations or sport fishing opportunities in lakes and reservoirs. Fish kills are fairly common in Ohio, particularly right after ice-out, from late April through mid-June, and during prolonged periods of hot summer weather.
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(Photo by Bill Diers)COLUMBUS — The Ohio Wildlife Council heard proposals for Ohio’s 2018-2019 white-tailed deer hunting season dates and bag limits at Wednesday’s meeting, according to the Ohio DNR. The proposed season dates are nearly identical to previous seasons. The proposed deer hunting seasons for 2018-2019: Deer archery: Sept. 29, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019. Youth deer gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018….
That’s up slightly from the previous year, when 182,169 deer were checked.
Akron, Ohio — As winter began drifting into the Ohio Valley, people were pulling on parkas, adding extra blankets to their beds, and building cozy fires to keep away the cold. But what about wildlife? How do they survive the cold months of winter? Over time, wildlife have adapted and learned to cope with the climatic changes they face in…
COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than $240,000 from Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio DNR. Individual grant awards provided through the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft’s Boating Safety Education grant program range from $8,875 to $30,000. The grants are funded by Ohio’s recreational boaters through the…
The positive sample was taken from a single buck on a hunting preserve in Guernsey County and tested as part of Ohio’s CWD monitoring program for captive white-tailed deer operations; no cases found in wild deer population.
Among the proposals: Modifying hunting hours for the 2019 spring turkey season. (Photo by Bob Drieslein)COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2018-2019 small game and migratory bird hunting seasons and the trapping seasons were proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, Jan. 10, according to the Ohio DNR. The hunting season date proposals prepared by the ODNR Division of Wildlife maintain many…
Muzzleloader hunters checked 13,268 white-tailed deer this year, down from last year’s total of 15,843.
That’s up nearly 5,000 from last year, when hunters faced less-than-ideal conditions.
Harvest up from nearly 67,000 in 2016.
Among the proposals: Modifying hunting hours for the 2019 spring turkey season. (Photo by Bob Drieslein)Hunters harvested 1,053 wild turkeys during Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey season, according to the Ohio DNR. Ohio’s 2017 fall wild turkey hunting season was open in 67 counties from Oct. 14-Nov. 26. This year, 11 counties were open during the fall turkey season for…
That’s up from 18,776 deer harvested during last year’s opening day.
Both locations are spring fed, and biologists believe the water may be sufficiently cool to support year-round trout fishing opportunities.
That’s down by about 1,000 from last year.
State-threatened trumpeter swans.AKRON, Ohio — As Ohio’s duck and goose seasons begin, hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with waterfowl identification before heading out, according to the Ohio DNR. Ohio waterfowl hunters frequently encounter a variety of species of birds when in the field and marsh, and some species of ducks, geese and swans may look similar. Some species, like the…
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio DNR has approved more than $11.7 million in project funding through the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, NatureWorks and Recreational Trails Program grants, which will be used to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans across the state, the DNR said in a news release Wednesday, Nov. 1. To see where the funding will go, click here….
Also among numerous changes: Rusty patched bumble bee moved to the state’s endangered species list.
MANSFIELD, Ohio – The Ohio Bird Sanctuary (OBS) was recently dedicated as an official WILD School Site, according to the Ohio DNR. The Sanctuary is the 175th site dedicated in Ohio and the second in Richland County. OBS partnered with the ODNR Division of Wildlife as well as the Wilderness Center Chapter of the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists to design and install a chimney swift tower on…
More than 14,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 24 state public hunting areas this fall.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Portions of Holmes and Wayne counties will retain their designation as a Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) 2015-01 as part of the state’s ongoing surveillance efforts for chronic wasting disease, according to the Ohio DNR. This designation requires that additional rules be followed in this area. In 2014 and 2015, 19 captive white-tailed deer tested positive for CWD…
Approximately 1,200 acres previously closed to hunting will be available to bowhunters as part of controlled hunts at Deer Creek, Malabar Farm, and Maumee Bay state parks.
Columbus — The Ohio DNR will offer special archery deer hunts at seven locations, which border three of Ohio’s state scenic rivers, through local lottery drawings. The hunts will offer sportsmen a unique opportunity to explore seldom visited sites, while lessening the impact of deer browsing on native plant populations, according to ODNR. The Scenic Rivers program has identified properties…
Based upon results from the August trawl surveys, the 2017 yellow perch hatch was successful in Ohio waters of the western basin. The 2017 walleye hatch was near the 20-year average.
Increased knowledge of grass carp in western Lake Erie gained through research project allows natural resource agencies to collaboratively develop science-based management approaches.
High deer populations can have an adverse impact on many sensitive habitats.
Changes to bag and size limits for fish in certain bodies of water and adding the rusty patched bumble bee to the list of state endangered species were among the rule changes proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council.