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Monday, June 17th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, June 17th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Jane Beathard

Ohio officially opens its 76th state park with Great Council dedication

Dedication of the new Great Council State Park drew hundreds of people on June 7 to what was once the site of a Shawnee Indian village on the outskirts of this Greene County seat of government.
Great Council is Ohio’s 76th  state park and the only one dedicated to telling the story of the Native Americans who once called this part of Ohio home and the first settlers who traded and clashed with them, according to Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio DNR.

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Unique ‘canopy walk’ at Franklin County Metroparks in Ohio takes visitors through the treetops

The phrase “walk in the woods” has a whole new meaning for folks on Columbus’ east side and anyone else interested in the outdoors.
Franklin County Metroparks opened a new walking trail in mid-May at Blacklick Woods Park in Reynoldsburg – an east Columbus suburb. The difference in this trail is that it is actually a long wooden path that rises 40 feet off the ground. Called a “canopy walk,” it loops an eighth of a mile through tops of the maple, shagbark hickory, and oak trees that abound in the park.

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Commission allows expanded fracking on Ohio public lands

There may be fracking in Keen Wildlife Area in Harrison County, following action by the Ohio Oil and Gas Land Management Commission on May 20.

The commission approved an application by Texas-based Encino Acquisition Partners to drill on the 85-acre wildlife area. Encino must now go through the regular permitting process of the ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. But approval of the application by the Texas company to drill on the wildlife area did not come without protests by the Save Ohio Parks group.

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27 CWD positives confirmed in northwest Ohio from 2,807 deer tested since fall of 2023

The numbers are in and testing is completed in the chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance area in north-central Ohio with a total of 27 deer proving positive since the fall of 2023. That is out of 2,807 deer tested, according to Bob Ford, the ODNR’s wildlife management supervisor in northwest Ohio.
The numbers include two deer taken with special permits prior to the start of the 2023-24 archery season, 24 harvested during the hunting season, and one shot during a post-season targeted removal effort.

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Ohio’s South Bass Island on Lake Erie and Catalina in California have similar deer problems

Ohio’s South Bass Island on Lake Erie isn’t the only island with a deer problem. Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California appears to have one, too.
And in both cases, plans to limit or control the deer population are running into trouble and controversy.
Published reports say Catalina, most popular of the state’s Channel Islands and part of a national park, is being overrun by mule deer. While whitetails are a growing problem on South Bass – the most populated of Lake Erie’s Bass Islands.

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Hellbender project a good indicator of water quality in Ohio

Students at Indian Creek High School in Ohio are learning about the importance of water quality and other environmental concerns by raising and studying rare and endangered stream creatures called eastern hellbender salamanders.
The school recently received a three-year-old eastern hellbender named “Chief” that was born at the Columbus Zoo. Chief is an “ambassador” animal and was deemed not suitable for release into the wild because of a tail injury.

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Grass carp eradication program continues in Ohio

A foreign fish once considered a harmless migrant to the United States is getting additional attention from the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) in order to control its numbers and threats to Lake Erie.
Grass carp, a variety of carp from the Far East, seem to love the shallow waters of the lake’s Western Basin, as well as its tributary streams, according to John Navarro, a DOW fisheries program administrator.

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Ohio’s waterfowl hunting dates could be amended in April vote

In response to hunter comments regarding waterfowl hunting seasons in the Lake Erie marshes, the Ohio Division of Wildlife moderated its proposed rules for 2024-25, adding dates to the Marsh Zone and North Zones.
The amended rules are in accordance with the federal framework and were presented to the Ohio Wildlife Council during a public hearing on March 20.

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