Logan, Ohio — Hocking Hills State Park recently received a mention as one of the most popular state parks in the U.S. over the past year.
The travel experts at Travel Lens analyzed Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews for words such as beautiful, stunning, and breathtaking to reveal the most beautiful state parks in the country, as well as the state parks increasing the most in popularity, and the most Instagrammed state parks.
According to the research, online searches for Hocking Hills State Park increased by more than 70% from 2021 to 2022.
You can view the full research here: www.travellens.co/americas-most-beautiful-state-parks/
Hunter, Trapper Instructors To Meet
Sunbury, Ohio — The Ohio Hunter Trapper Education Instructor Association will hold its annual banquet in February just outside of Sunbury in Delaware County.
The Feb. 25 event will take place at Northstar Golf Club, 1150 Wilson Road, Sunbury. It starts at 9 a.m.
The annual gathering is a chance for Ohio’s hunter and trapper education instructors to get together and share their passion for the outdoors.
This year’s keynote speaker is Karen Stewart-Linkhart, a longtime member of the Ohio Wildlife Council.
For more information, contact Ed Crosby at 440-336-3569.
State To Help With Body Camera Funding
Columbus — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the state will award nearly $4.9 million to local law enforcement agencies across Ohio, including the Ohio DNR, to help cover costs associated with body camera programs.
A total of 112 law enforcement agencies will receive grant funding as part of the Ohio Body-Worn Camera Grant Program. Of those agencies, 44 will use funding to create new body-worn camera programs and 68 agencies will dedicate funding toward expanding or upgrading existing technology (Ohio Outdoor News, Dec. 23).
“Body cameras are an essential tool for policing, and the funds we’re awarding will help agencies purchase around 1,660 new body cameras and associated technology,” said DeWine. “Body cameras are important not only for providing transparency to the public but also for adding an extra layer of protection for our officers.”
The body camera grants represent the second round of funding awarded as part of the Ohio Body-Worn Camera Grant Program. The first round of grants, announced in January 2022, provided funding to help 109 local law enforcement agencies purchase around 1,700 body cameras and related equipment.
Bassmaster Classic To Air On Fox
Birmingham, Ala. — After more than 4.3 million fans tuned in to FOX and FS1 for the live coverage of the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, which saw a tie heading into the final day, the network and B.A.S.S. announced that Championship Sunday action from the upcoming Bassmaster Classic on the Tennessee River will be broadcast on FOX March 26. Later that evening, a Super Six recap show with weigh-in highlights will air on FS1.
Sunday afternoon’s Bassmaster Classic LIVE coverage will begin at noon ET while FS1 will broadcast the Classic leaders on Saturday morning, beginning just after Day 2’s takeoff at 8 a.m.
In addition to expanded coverage of the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, FS1 and the FOX Sports digital platforms will carry weekend coverage with tournament leaders from all of the Bassmaster Elite Series events — combining for a total of more than 60 hours of Bassmaster LIVE programming.
Black Carp Discovered In Mississippi River
Carbondale, Ill. — Southern Illinois University-led research has found an established population of black carp in parts of the Mississippi River basin, according to a Dec. 13 U.S. Geological Survey announcement.
The study was authored by SIU, the USGS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri State University and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Researchers examined black carp captured between May 2011 and September 2018 for size, age, their environments, and whether they were reproduced in controlled settings or the wild.
Black carp are invasive in North America, and the USGS study was the first to identify an established population, or one that is naturally reproducing and living to adulthood, anywhere in the U.S.
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 email@example.com.