Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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Sheffield Lake, Ohio — Authorities are enlisting the public’s help in locating a missing kayaker on Lake Erie (Ohio Outdoor News, Nov. 25).

The Morning Journal in Lorain reports that authorities have identified the kayaker missing since Nov. 5 as Evan Zeller. Search efforts are continuing for Zeller, 30, after his kayak capsized in rough Lake Erie waters in early November.

Authorities have said that Zeller went into the water off Sheffield Lake near the Lake Road boat launch when he had trouble with a paddle. First responders were called in to rescue Zeller after he was able to make a phone call to his wife after going into the water, The Morning Journal reports.

A number of public and private agencies have been searching for Zeller with no results. The ODNR is now in charge of the search, the newspaper reported.

Zeller was wearing a lime green life jacket, gray shorts, and gray T-shirt when he went into the water, authorities have said. Zeller’s family and friends are asking the public for their help in searching for him.

“If you are going out on the lake, please keep your eye out for the light green life jacket, green kayak pictured on the left,” stated a flyer being posted on social media.

Anyone with the resources to assist is asked to contact Bob Dunn at 419-408-1391 or, according to The Morning Journal.

Young Gun Hunters Kill 9,515 Deer

Columbus — The two-day special youth deer hunting season concluded with 9,515 deer harvested on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20, according to the Ohio DNR (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Each fall, hunters ages 17 and younger take to the woods with a non-hunting adult for a special weekend of deer gun hunting.

The top 10 counties for deer harvested during Ohio’s youth season include: Tuscarawas (411); Coshocton (364); Muskingum (286); Holmes (277); Knox (272); Guernsey (250); Washington (247); Harrison (229); Licking (228); and Carroll (194).

The Division of Wildlife has issued 39,186 youth deer permits.

Unused youth permits are also valid for all remaining Ohio deer hunting seasons.

Youth hunters checked 5,126 bucks, 3,461 does, and 928 button bucks. In 2021, hunters harvested 7,632 deer during the two-day youth gun season. The three-year average is 6,559 deer.

Nominations Sought For Person Of Year

Delaware, Ohio — It is that time of year again to nominate this year’s Ohio Outdoor News Person of the Year.

Nominations for the award, given over the past decade by the publication, will be accepted through the end of February.

Nominees should be someone who has made his or her mark in conservation circles, whether through volunteering, mentoring, or leading hunters, anglers, and trappers. Nominations need not be lengthy, but just a simple note to Ohio Outdoor News explaining in a few words how the nominee is deserving.

Email nominations to Ohio Outdoor News Editor Mike Moore at The winner will be announced in a feature story in a spring issue of the publication.

Applications Accepted For Hart Scholarship

Eaton, Ohio — The Larry A. Hart Memorial Scholarship Committee announced they are accepting applications for the Larry A. Hart Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by the Ohio Wildlife Officers’ Lodge 143 of the Fraternal Order of Police and Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club of Preble County.

Larry A. Hart was a 30-year veteran of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. For most of his career, Hart served as a wildlife officer assigned to Preble County. Later, he worked as a wildlife officer/field supervisor in southwest Ohio.

To receive the $1,000 scholarship, applicants must be Ohio residents who have, or will, graduate from an accredited high school, or, any person who is or will be enrolled in an accredited college, pursuing a career in the field of law enforcement or natural resources. Interested applicants can obtain the scholarship application by contacting the Larry A. Hart Scholarship Committee, 174 Briarwood Drive, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Applications can also be obtained by calling 740-326-6751 and leaving the applicant’s name, address, and phone number on voicemail. To obtain an application by e-mail, send a request to The deadline for applications and recommendations is March 15, 2023.

Indiana Hunter Dies In Treestand Fall

Scottsburg, Ind. — A 94-year-old Indiana hunter died when his homemade treestand collapsed under him, according to officials with the Indiana DNR.

Donald Cass was hunting deer on Tuesday, Nov. 22, when the stand collapsed. He was found by a fellow hunter, according to the Indiana DNR.

Media reports said Cass was first transported to a Scott County hospital before being airlifted to the University of Louisville hospital.

The DNR said Cass was not wearing a full-body safety harness at the time of the fall. They remind hunters who are using elevated platforms to always wear a full-body harness, use a treestand’s safety rope, never try to put up or remove a treestand by yourself, and to always inspect the treestand before climbing up into it.

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