Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mike Moore

Ohio Insider: State seeks more protections for the right to hunt, fish, and trap

A Florida-based hunting and fishing advocacy group has joined up with a couple of Ohio state representatives to protect the right to hunt, fish, and trap in the Buckeye State.
State Rep. Nick Santucci (R-Howland Township, Trumbull County) is sponsoring a bill seeking to put a proposal on the November 2024 ballot to Constitutionally protect the right to hunt, fish, and trap in the state.

Turkey hatch in Ohio on the upswing again in 2023

Ohio’s turkey population is showing signs of bouncing back after a rough string of years that produced poor spring hatches.
Ohio’s poult index, a metric used to estimate nest success for the popular game bird, was above average for the third year in a row, according to the Ohio DNR (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The 2023 Ohio index was 2.8 poults per hen, above the 10-year average of 2.7 poults per hen.

Ohio Insider: It appears 2023 walleye hatch on Lake Erie was again superb

By all accounts, it appears that the 2023 spring walleye hatch on Lake Erie was again superb.
Of course, the official report won’t come out until December when all of the interagency data comes in from Ontario. But, rumblings are that the hatch was again an exceptional one in Lake Erie’s waters. Based on 2023 trawling surveys that the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife conducts in Ohio waters, the hatch appears to have been another ultra-successful one.

On Ohio’s Dow Lake close to Athens, saugeye prospects are up

Just a few miles outside of Athens in southeastern Ohio, a thin ribbon of water meanders through Strouds Run State Park.
The two-mile long Dow Lake is only 153 acres and less than 300 yards wide at its most expansive point. It’s smallish stature, however, makes it easily accessible for almost any point on the lake. For angling prospects, that’s a good thing. It’s nothing that’s going to break any records, but there’s a fair number of fish at Dow Lake to whet the appetite.

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