Friday, September 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Friday, September 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Jane Beathard

Coyote attacks in Ohio are rare, but recent attack on 3-year-old shows they sometimes occur

A coyote attack on a 3-year-old girl in south Columbus in early September raised questions about the crafty canines and their growing presence on the Ohio landscape.
According to the Ohio DNR, coyotes were historically found in the prairie West. And they began moving eastward into Ohio in the 1930s. By 1988, they were found in all 88 counties. Katie Dennison, a biologist with the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife, said the migration was the result of Ohio’s deforestation and abundance of open fields, as well as a lack of predators like wolves and cougars.

Wildlife biologist Bob Ford honored for Ohio work on CWD

Work to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in northwest Ohio earned the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s (DOW) Bob Ford the title of “Wildlife Biologist of the Year for 2023” from the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
The award also noted Ford’s management of several wetland restoration projects as part of Gov. Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio Initiative to improve water quality across the state – but especially in the Lake Erie watershed.

Retiring captain, Peg VanVleet, recognized at Ohio sportsmen’s celebration

Captain Peg VanVleet, vice-president of environmental affairs for the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, received a special Wildlife Award from the Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) on July 27.
The award marked VanVleet’s 25 years as a Lake Erie charter boat captain and came during a Sportsmen’s Summer Celebration in the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Fair. About 139 people attended the celebration – an observance of the 150th anniversary of the wildlife division.

‘Root of Evil’ case takes down ginseng poachers in Ohio

The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) is wrapping up a two-year undercover investigation into the illegal buying and selling of wild ginseng – an herb with a root that is highly valued (mostly in China) for its medicinal and spiritual qualities.
“Operation Root of Evil” ran from September 2018 to September 2020 and covered three ginseng harvest seasons, according to Kirk Kiefer, an investigator with the DOW who headed the operation.

New nature preserve created on Ohio’s Little Darby Creek

A total of 430 acres along Little Darby Creek became Ohio’s 144th state nature preserve during a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting on June 28.
As a state nature preserve, the area will have special protection against modification, encroachment, or other use that would destroy its natural beauty and aesthetic value. Ohio DNR Director Mary Mertz said the dedication culminates more than 10 years of work on the part of the agency to purchase and protect land along Little Darby Creek.

Big ginseng bust comes down in Ohio

West Virginia resident Tony L. Coffman, once featured on the popular History Channel program about the illegal ginseng trade, is scheduled for sentencing in federal court in Columbus on July 20 for trafficking wild American ginseng root. Operation “Root of all Evil” involved multiple suspects, Midwest states. Ginseng seeds must be replanted where a plant is harvested. Digging season runs from early September to early December in Ohio.

Big archery event coming back to Ohio’s Putnam County June 23-25

The R100 National Archery Tour is returning to Ohio following a three-year hiatus.
This year’s event is set for the weekend of June 23-25 at the Leipsic Fishing And Hunting Club, which is located at 10605 Road H in the Village of Ottawa.
The tour is sponsored by Rinehart Targets, the world’s largest manufacturer of 3-D archery targets. The COVID-19 pandemic and other concerns has kept the tour out of Ohio since 2019.

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