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Ohio Mixed Bag: DNR seeking wildlife officers

Northeast Sportsman Show Gets Underway In Millersburg

Millersburg, Ohio — The Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show runs Jan. 19-21 at the Mt. Hope Event Center, 8076 State Route 241, Millersburg.

The three-day event runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Daily admission is $15 for a host of daily hunting and fishing seminars, vendor booths, and more.

For more information, visit or call JW Promotions at 740-397-7788.

ODNR Seeking Wildlife Officers

Columbus — Applications are being accepted now through Sunday, Jan. 29, for the next Ohio Wildlife Officer training school, according to the Ohio DNR (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The Division of Wildlife is seeking to fill up to 15 wildlife officer positions throughout Ohio and training begins in August.

This is the Division of Wildlife’s 32nd Wildlife Officer Training Academy. Those interested can complete an application at

To be considered for the wildlife officer training school, applicants are required to be 21 years of age upon completion of the Ohio Peace Officer Basic Training Course and possess a valid driver license. Completion of at least a minimum of core course work in an associate degree or undergraduate program in natural resources, fisheries and wildlife conservation, natural sciences, biology, criminal justice, environmental law enforcement, agriculture, or a related field is required.

Eighteen months of training or experience in the above fields may also be acceptable, as would 18 months of training or experience in the U.S. military with an occupational specialty related to law enforcement or investigations. Other qualifications include meeting physical fitness standards, completing a background check, and passing a psychological exam and drug screening.

For more information about becoming an Ohio wildlife officer, visit

Tickets Now Available For March Expo

Maitland, Fla. — Tickets are now on sale for the March portion of the 2023 Open Season Sportsman’s Expo series and can be purchased online at

The March portion of the 2023 Open Season Sportsman’s Expo series opens at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas (March 10-12), continues at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio (March 17-19) and concludes at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Wisconsin Dells (March 24-26) for the Wisconsin Open Season Sportsman’s Expo presented by Can-Am.

Open Season Sportsman’s Expo events encompass all hunting/outdoor activities during open season timeframes, including: deer, turkey, hunting, fishing, outdoor, bows, ammo, tackle, off-roading, boating and camping.

Single-day tickets in advance online are $10/adult and $4/youth, (ages 13-17). Kids ages 12-under are free, but will need a ticket, which can be obtained online or at the box office. An adult weekend pass is also available in advance online for $18, with a weekend youth pass $8 (ages 13-17).

For more information on the Open Season Sportsman’s Expo as well as to purchase tickets online, visit

Fly-Fishing Show Planned For March

Kirtland, Ohio — The North Coast Fly Fishers will hold its annual winter show on March 4 this year in Kirtland.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Road, Kirtland.

The organization has hosted this event for the past 20 years. It features fly-tying demonstrations, seminar speakers, and vendor booths.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 to 17.

Children under that age group are admitted free.

To reserve a vendor booth, contact expo chair Paul Catalano at or call 440-488-0952.

For more information, see

Rapala Joins Forces With Wildlife Forever

White Bear Lake, Minn. — Wildlife Forever recently announce a new partnership with Rapala, a premier manufacturer of fishing lures and products. Supporting youth angling and conservation education, the Fish Art Contest by Wildlife Forever is a free art and creative writing program open internationally for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Youth learn about fishing, water quality, and critical conservation issues.

“We are proud to support the Fish Art Contest, which connects students to the outdoors and promotes conservation minded behaviors. Protection of the environment is top of mind for the angling community, and it is of the utmost importance to instill these values in the next generation of stewards,” said Matt Jensen, vice president of marketing and e-commerce at Rapala.

“We are grateful to Rapala for their support and the opportunity to work together on engaging students in conservation. No matter where students are coming from, art is an universal way to connect with the natural world,” said Addison Motta, education and communications manager at Wildlife Forever.

To learn more about The Art of Conservation programs, visit

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